The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

Small Business Spotlight
Windsor Fashion Designer Launches Premiere Collection

Feminine. Romantic. Timeless. These words come to mind when describing Windsor-Essex's newest designer fashion line.
Sahar Zohair's dream of owning a fashion label since she was 10 years old has now become a reality through the creation of Vasiliki Collections.
Vasiliki Collections is a high-end fashion label for women specializing in ready to wear dresses in beautiful fabrics and prints. Featuring silk, lace and ruffles, the dresses embody the contemporary femininity suited to the strong, modern, outgoing woman. Vasiliki brings its unique mix of edgy sophistication right to fashionistas through its newly launched online store,, where dresses can be purchased and shipped to locations all over the world.

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Each month, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will  
highlight  clients that have recently opened their business.

If you have started your small business recently (less than 6 months ago), or have recently moved your home-based business to a storefront, let us share your new venture with our audience of 4,000+ people!

Email SBC for more information.

(Cheese Emporium)
1-519 Notre Dame St., Belle River
(519) 796-3365
(Designer Women's Fashion)


(Women's Fashion/Personal Shopping Experience)
(519) 965-3246

(Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance)
221 Texas Rd.,  Amherstburg
(519) 818-7854

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Photo: Dan Janisse | Windsor Star
Business Excellence Awards Celebrate Best and Brightest
Chris Thompson | Windsor Star

The best and brightest of the business community in Windsor and Essex County were recognized Wednesday night at the 28th annual Business Excellence Awards.

This year's awards were handed out during a ceremony at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts' Chrysler Theatre attended by more than 1,000 people.

Photo: Windsor Star
Wolfhead Distillery Brings Home Gold for Vodka
Sarah Sacheli | Windsor Star

When it comes to craft spirits, Wolfhead Distillery is gold.

The Amherstburg distillery won a total of eight awards for its vodkas, whisky and coffee whisky liqueur at the American Distilling Institute's annual judging of craft spirits. The awards were handed out at the institute's annual conference held March 26-29 in Portland, Ore.

Photo: Dax Melmer | Windsor Star
Walkerville Restaurant The Willistead to Become Good Neighbour
Dalson Chen  | Windsor Star

Walkerville restaurant The Willistead is no more - But you'll soon be able to visit Good Neighbour. Co-owner Mark Boscariol said the re-branded eatery should be open again April 13.

Don't call it a closing. Call it a re-branding. Walkerville restaurant  The Willistead is no more - But you'll soon be able to visit Good Neighbour.

"New chef, new menu, new atmosphere," said restaurant co-owner Mark Boscariol. "We want it to feel like you're going to your neighbour's house for dinner."

Photo: Tyler Brownbridge | Windsor Star
Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Windsor to Honour Six People
Sharon Hill | Windsor Star

The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Windsor will honour six people and two businesses May 4.

The association announced its 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients recently.
Geri Salinitri of the University of Windsor's faculty of education has been named professional of the year and the young professional of the year is going to John Francis Cappucci.

The Community Service of the Year award is going to Giovanni (John) Miceli and the Young Professional and Community Service of the Year award is going to Lina Marie Mastronardi.

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How to Boost Sales: Start by Knowing Your Customer
Business Development Bank of Canada

The purpose of a business is to create and keep a customer, Harvard Business School professor Theodore Levitt famously observed.

That makes understanding your customers the No. 1 job of any business, says BDC consultant Richard Toker.

"You can't get customers and retain them if you don't understand who they are and what makes them tick," says Toker, a marketing specialist in Toronto. "The more time you spend thinking about this, the easier all your tactical marketing decisions become."

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Basics of Business Law
April 17 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted a seminar "Basics of Business Law", where Ilias Kiritsis, LL.B., J.D. of Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP Barristers and Solicitors came in to discuss liability in different business structures, contracts, intellectual property law, and non-disclosure agreements.
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Advance, online registration required for all events.
Please check our calendar for more upcoming events.
Be Your Own Boss This Summer.  Apply for Summer Company. 

Deadline is May 19th

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business.  

Sales, marketing, invoicing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management - these are just a few of the highly useful skills you will develop.

Summer Company is an Ontario government program that provides young people with the resources and knowledge they need to start a new summer business.
TechBoost Program

The TechBoost Program supports the growth and development of small businesses in Windsor-Essex by providing affordable training in information technology tools and products for business.

We understand that running a small business is a 24/7 type of job, so spending time trying to choose the right technology solution or learning how to use a new kind of software for your company can be daunting. We want to help.

Hackforge, in partnership with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, is offering a series of 10 different workshops in Windsor-Essex in 2018 that touch on various topics related to implementing technology into your small business. This includes tools for marketing, organization, finance, sales and productivity.

Upcoming Workshops

Making Instagram Work for your Business  Wednesday, May 2, 9 am - 11 am - $20
Cyber Security for Small Business  - Wednesday, May 9, 9 am - 11 am - $20
Simple and Effective Websites for Small Business -  Wednesday, May 16, 9 am - 11 am - $20
ERP - The Swiss Army Knife of Small Business - Wednesday, May 23, 9 am - 11 am - $20
Up and Running with Shopify - Wednesday, May 30, 9 am - 11 am - $20

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Basics of Starting a
Small Business


Do you have an idea and want to start your own  small  business, but you aren't sure where to start? Attend one of these FREE seminars to find out information about:
  • How to register your business
  • Business structure
  • Government support programs
  • Other available services and programs
You will receive a FREE Start-up Package and step-by-step guidance.

Tuesday, May 1 - 10 am to 11 am
(Essex Office)


Basics of Writing a
Business Plan


A good business plan is your road map to success!  A business plan is also required when applying for any type of small business financing.  Attend one of these FREE seminars to learn how to develop a business plan that will work for you!  This session will cover:
  • Required elements of a business plan
  • Breaking down a business plan into manageable pieces
  • Where to gather relevant information for a business plan
  • How to professionally arrange your ideas and research
  • What to do with the plan when it's completed

Tuesday, May 15 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Essex Office)



The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is proud to continue to offer workshops, seminars, training, and other events that are relevant to new entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike.  In the situation where we may have missed an event in our newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on   Facebook  or visiting our  website .

Starter Company

This Government of Ontario program provides entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge needed in order to start and grow their own small business. The program includes one-on-one guidance from the Small Business Centre, mentoring with local professionals, funding of up to $5,000, and FREE small business training & workshops.


The  Small Business Centre also holds similiar workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on our newsletter, social media, and  calendar for upcoming events.

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S mall Business Network Night

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us for at the Sandwich Brewing Company for a FREE evening of networking with local entrepreneurs. Appetizers and great conversation are on us! 

Whether you are thinking about starting a business, operating as a new business or have been in the game for a while, this event is for you. Share success stories, ideas and learn from experienced business owners in our community.  

Discover how resources, such as the Summer Company Plus Program, helped many of our clients start, buy or expand their businesses in the Windsor Essex Region.  

Come out and take part in this event and support  Economic Development Week 2018 (May 7 - 12)  within our community.

Financial Bootcamp: Know Your Numbers

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor

Featuring: Jules Hawkins, CPA, CA, President Hawkins & Co. Accounting Inc.

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, in collaboration with Hawkins & Co. Accounting Inc., brings you an ALL-DAY* financial workshop!

When entrepreneurs start their small businesses, there are plenty of steps and factors that are necessary for things to go right - and sometimes an entrepreneur may not notice those steps or factors until they happen, or until something doesn't quite work out. There's also the concern of how much money to charge for services or products in order to make money and be a profitable and sustainable business. A considerable factor in determining business success or failure is how well a business's finances are understood.

*Lunch & refreshments will be provided
*"Know Your Numbers" all-day workshop is a prerequisite to the scaleUP Financial program, and has an associated fee of $50, which is part and parcel to the program. Learn more about the program on our website:

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Windsor-Essex Regional 
Chamber of Commerce
BizLaunch (Webinars)

Thursday, May 3, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How to Raise Finance to Grow Your Business

AIM Social Media Marketing

Thursday, May 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instagram 101 Masterclass $30

Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Windsor's 126th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join fellow Windsorites in celebrating our city's 126th birthday on Saturday, May 26th, 2018.  Birthday festivities include the Annual Mayor's Walk; the Grand Opening of the New Windsor City Hall with tours of the new facility; and a party with stage entertainment, food, activities and more in Senator Croll Park at City Hall Square.
Windsor Women in Business May Social

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join Windsor Women in Business for an evening of mixing and mingling with like-minded women in a supportive and friendly atmosphere!

This event will take place at 628 Monmouth Road in Windsor.  The cost per ticket is $20 which includes cocktails from At Your Service Event Staffing and a selection of appetizers.  To reserve your spot, please e-transfer payment to, password: social
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Fitness Franchise Opportunity

Are you interested in owning and operating an innovative fitness franchise? Orangetheory Fitness is looking to establish a franchise location in Windsor.  Orangetheory Fitness is the first of its kind with the ONLY hear-rate monitored, high-intensity interval training based on science. 

For more information, please call 905-330-4865 or email 

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Does this sound familiar?
You're unsure of how your business is doing, or how to measure the success of your business? Worried about what taxes you have to file and pay? Working with a shoebox of receipts or a painful accounting syst em? 
We have a solution.

scaleUP Financial is a program that equips entrepreneurs with the resources to tackle their small business bookkeeping. Participants will learn financial management strategies and receive hands-on training to use Xero, a fast-growing cloud-based accounting platform. Xero is perfect for startups and growing businesses of all industries, and scaleUP entrepreneurs receive a one-year discounted Xero subscription!

Small Business & Entrepreneurship in Windsor-Essex, ON Canada

Since 1992, the Small Business Centre (SBC) has provided thousands of entrepreneurs with the training and support necessary to start and grow successful businesses. SBC is a one-stop source - providing guidance and professional advice from concept, through start-up and early growth stages of business.

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