The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Client Spotlight
Feelin' raw: Empire Muscle one year strong

Getting in shape shouldn't require hours of running on a treadmill each week.

Andrew Hedges, owner of  Empire Muscle gym, thinks weight training in a collaborative facility is the key to reaching one's fitness goals.

"When my clients come to Empire Muscle, I want everybody to feel they are part of a team. Even though our goals may be individual, everybody is making a collaborative effort. The culture and environment is completely different than [other gyms]."

Clients in the News
Old Sandwich Towne post office almost set to open as café

The old Sandwich Towne post office is set to open in about a month. Co-owner Luna  Wang said the project will be rolled out in two phases: a  café on the first floor will open, followed a bed and breakfast on the second floor.

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Roots 2 Wings
Roots 2 Wings awarded $10,000 small business grant

Windsor's Roots 2 Wings has been awarded $10,000 through the ADP Canada 2016 small business grant contest. T he business provides programming for youth and young adults living with a disability.

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Abraham Orthodontics: Doctor opting for small town feel

A local doctor, who went Stateside for school, is moving back to Leamington to open his orthodontic practice.  While many doctors may be drawn to bigger centres,  Dr. Max Abraham  says that's not for him.

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Vertika Pole Fitness
Woman of Steele: Pole dancing a new way to get fit

One of the newest fitness trends has hit Windsor and women of all ages are finding their inner sexuality and giving the pole a spin. Alexandra Urbano and Caita Clemerson opened Vertika Windsor, a pole fitness studio on Ottawa Street.

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Upcoming Events

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.

Monday, Jan. 25 - 3-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2 - 10-11 a.m.
(Essex office)

Friday, Feb. 5 - 9-10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 8 - 10-11 a.m.
(Leamington office)

Monday, Feb. 15 - 3-4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 5-6 p.m.

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

Friday, February 12 - 9-10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 16 - 10-11 a.m.
(Essex office)

Monday, February 22 - 3-4 p.m.

Starter Company

Starter Company returns! This Government of Ontario program provides people aged 18-29 with the resources and knowledge needed to start and grow their own business. The program includes one-on-one guidance from the Small Business Centre, mentoring with local professionals, funding of up to $5,000 and access to the following workshops.

Don't qualify for Starter Company? The classes are still  free  and open to the public. Sign up today!

Developing Your Business Idea
Thursday, February 4 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Thursday, February 11 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Building Your Online Presence
Thursday, February 18 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, February 25 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Advance online registration required for all events.
Special Announcements

Network at ConnectFest 2016

SBC is a proud sponsor of ConnectFest 2016! Join us to network, learn and connect with other professionals who value the power of networking. This free event takes place Thursday, February 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ojibway Nature Centre. Learn how to refine your networking skills in person and online. If you are an entrepreneur, business professional, consultant or thinking of starting a business, you'll want to attend. Register at

Starter Company awards $5,000 to small business

Andrew Hedges, owner of Empire Muscle, is the latest entrepreneur to receive $5,000 from the Starter Company program towards his startup.  Visit our website to find out how Starter Company can help you launch or expand your small business.
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