The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Client Spotlight
Macro Foods

There was little time to spend in the kitchen last year when 24-year-old Sara Ducharme was preparing for her first body building show.

"I was working full-time and working a part-time job, and training for the show was like a full-time job. Trying to do my meal preparation on top of it all was something I found hard to fit in. It took probably 4 or 5 hours every weekend," said Ducharme.

Ducharme discovered companies online offering home-delivered, healthy meals in Toronto; she wondered why such a service wasn't offered locally.

"That's what sparked the original idea," she said.

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Client News
Lexi Newhook_ owner of Boblo Island_s Beach House Goodie Shack
Lexi Newhook, owner of Boblo Island's Beach House Goodie Shack
Young entrepreneurs showcase their businesses in Windsor

Showcasing a small summer business by day and attending high school graduation by night - that's how some young entrepreneurs spent their Wednesday.

The Staples store on Walker Road was home to much more than office supplies, as 25 students set up stalls for the day to showcase their businesses as part of the Summer Company program for young entrepreneurs.

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Dignified Day owners Erin Moore and Stephanie White
Dignified Day owners Erin Moore and Stephanie White

This summer, a pair of sisters will open a business specifically aimed at providing the highest quality care and support to seniors, dependent adults and their families.

Stephanie Moore and Erin White plan to open Dignified Day in Windsor at 3244 Walker Road this August.

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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.

Thursday, July 7 - 10-11 a.m. (Essex)

Monday, July 18 - 3-4 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

Starter Company

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.  Apply  online today!

Don't qualify for Starter Company? The classes are free  and open to the public. 

Managing and Planning Your Money
Thursday, July 7 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Creating Your Business Pitch
Thursday, July 14 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Banking 101
Thursday, July 21 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Understanding Your Finances and Business Structure
Thursday, July 28 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Advance online registration required for all events.
Start Something New program

WindsorEssex Active Retirement Community Initiativein partnership with the Small Business Centre, is launching Start Something New, a mentoring and resource program for retired boomerpreneurs and juniorpreneurs eager to connect with a wealth of expertise and knowledge for shaping their decisions.

An information session will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 12-4 p.m. at the Ciociaro Club (3745 N. Talbot Rd.). The session is geared toward active Windsor-Essex retires who are operating a business, thinking of starting a business, former business owners, as well as juniorpreneurs planning a business startup.

Email all 519-974-1079 to register. A complimentary lunch buffet will be provided.
Past Events

Vel Omazic, executive director of Canada's Music Incubator, speaks to participants in the Artist Manager Bootcamp in Windsor June 25-26

Supporting local music managers at entrepreneurial bootcamp 

WindsorEssex Small Business Centre &  WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation presented a free two-day entrepreneurial bootcamp to Windsor-Essex music managers June 25-26.  The Artist Manager Bootcamp was hosted at Windsor's Phog Lounge and led by instructors from Canada's Music Incubator (CMI) in Toronto. Ten  local music entrepreneurs took part in the bootcamp, which covered topics such a s: running your business, pitching, negotiating, networking, touring, marketing, funding, team building, publicity, contracts and more. 

Thank you to CMI for educating Windsor-Essex artists managers, and to our community partners for their support and promotion: Phog Lounge, Arts Council Windsor and Region, EPICentre, University of Windsor, CJAM FM, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Coalition Music and Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Summer Company students at Staples showcase
Summer Company-Staples Youth Entrepreneurship Day

The Small Business Centre has launched the 2016 Summer Company program with 25 high school and post-secondary students participating -- our largest group yet!

The young entrepreneurs displayed their products and services at a Windsor Staples store on June 29. Shoppers were able to meet the participants and receive 10% off their Staples purchases. The Young Entrepreneurship Day was recognized at 54 Staples stores across Ontario, and featured over 500 Summer Company businesses.
Special Announcements
Dignified Day Starter Company grant

Sisters and partners Erin White and Stephanie Moore were awarded a $5,000 Starter Company grant toward their startup, Dignified Day, which will provide daytime support for dependent adults, seniors and their caregivers. 

The Starter Company grant will be used to complete renovations of their centre at 3244 Walker Rd.. It is slated to open August 2016.
Fete Photography Co. expands with Starter Company grant

Mona Elkadri started her small businesss, Fete Photography Co. in May 2015. She specializes in  newborn, portrait and product photography. Elkadri successfully completed the Starter Company program and received $5,000 to upgrade equipment for her business.
Fete Photography Co. Starter Company grant
Nominations open for 2016 Startup Canada Awards

Put the national spotlight on the individuals and organizations that are driving impact in Windsor-Essex!  If you or someone you know is making Canada a better place to start and grow a business, whether it be through their support and promotion of entrepreneurship, or through their leadership as game-changing entrepreneurs, nominate them for the  Startup Canada Awards by July 20!

Join us as we recognize the people and organizations in our community that are making a difference. For more information, please visit or email
Startup Canada Awards
Stay tuned!  WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is working on a new program to benefit our clients. Look out for more details in an upcoming newsletter.
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