The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Tutoring website to assist foreign-trained lawyers in Canada
Graduating law school is challenging enough, but many foreign-trained lawyers face additional hurdles in becoming licensed to practice law in Canada.

These lawyers must gain accreditation from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). This can be a long and expensive process which requires the successful completion of core legal subject exams. Candidates must study independently for NCA exams, which are held four times a year.

According to McLean's Magazine, the number of foreign-trained law graduates applying to the NCA for the right to practice law in Canada rose from 225 in 1999 to 562 in 2007. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada reports that in 2008, 89 students were admitted to the bar admission course with an NCA certificate. By 2014, the number had grown to 810.

Increased popularity of NCA certification can be due to graduates' desire to travel and gain experience abroad before starting their career, as well as becoming licensed in different countries in order to provide clients with more comprehensive legal services.

Client News
March 27th to March 31st was Economic Development Week , and was the product of a partnership among the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, Workforce WindsorEssex, WEtech Alliance, WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, City of Windsor and all Essex County municipalities.

As part of Economic Development Week, these organizations launched a consolidated survey which took the place of several individual surveys previously conducted by each partner organization.  The survey will provide the organizations with information that can be used to analyze the region for growth opportunities, identify challenges, gaps in employment or skill sets, and to determine trends.  It is completely confidential and only aggregate information will be shared.  Companies can complete the survey until April 30th.

Economic Development Week In Windsor Essex
BizX Magazine

All signs point to Economic Development Week in Windsor-Essex with this strong group of regional economic development partners ready to promote our region this month.
Today, the Windsor-Essex region finds itself in a much improved position from just five years ago, both in population growth and business development and retention.
The 2016 Census shows this region with a three percent growth rate. In 2016 the region saw a significant increase in business start-ups, and business expansions resulting in millions of dollars in new investment. "Tecumseh alone had 17 new business start-ups in 2016 and just recently welcomed CX North America, an international logistics software platform company, to Tecumseh as its North American headquarters," says Gary McNamara, Mayor of the Town of Tecumseh.

Seven city properties being recognized with Built Heritage Awards
Windsor Star

What do a local brewery, three former churches and a post office have in common?
They are among seven Windsor properties that will receive 2017 Built Heritage Awards while another four properties receiving heritage designation in 2016 will receive heritage plaques at an upcoming city council meeting after the city's Planning, Heritage and Economic Development gave the green light Monday.

"These seven properties are being recognized for good heritage stewardship," said the city's heritage planner John Calhoun before the committee unanimously approved his recommendation.
The 11 properties will be recognized at an upcoming city council meeting, Calhoun said, most likely April 10.

Downtown Mission opens Do Good Deli
Windsor Star

There's a new deli on Ouellette Avenue that's serving up soup, sandwiches and a big helping of hope.
The Do Good Deli is a social enterprise venture of the Downtown Mission located in its Wellness Centre.

The folks running the deli are taking part in a mission-driven training program to teach transferable skills that can lead to job opportunities.

"The enterprise program builds on the strengths of each participant and allows them to develop to the best of their abilities," said mission CEO Ron Dunn.

Blimey!: Award-winning British shop in Harrow still surprising customers
Windsor Star

When Blimey's British Store & Gift Shop first opened in Harrow two years ago war brides cried at the sight of food they hadn't tasted in decades and one customer spontaneously hugged the owner to say thank you for opening a British store.
The shop that Carl and Rita Hulme thought might make a part-time business in their retirement turned into a six-day-a-week operation that has expanded twice and earned the 2015 Biz X award for County Biz Worth The Drive.

"They started to cry because they hadn't seen this food in so long," Carl remembers of the shop's first week in April 2014. "So I said we're going to call this wall Memory Lane because that's what it seemed to become, a wall of memories for people."

Sticky toffee pudding. A Curly Wurly and other Cadbury chocolates without the wax added in American chocolate bars. Crisps - what we'd call potato chips - in flavours like Guinness, cheese and onion and prawn cocktail. Rows of marmalades, jams, lemon curds and banoffee curds, the British combo of banana and toffee.

Small Biz, Big Impact
CTV News

Windsor's economy is no longer dependent on just manufacturing. Michelle Maluske takes a look at the city's diverse economy.

Upcoming Events
Advance, online registration required for all events.


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.

We are happy to host the following events this month.  In the event that we missed an event in our newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook.

Thursday, April 6 - 9 am to 10:30 am

Thursday, April 20 - 9 am to 4 pm

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.


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 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 access to small business training & workshops.

Apply online today.

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

Past Events

Laura Lucier from the Leamington Employment Assessment Centre presents how the Employment Assessment Centre can help small business owners looking to hire, at a Lunch & Learn hosted by the Small Business Centre, the Employment Assessment Centre, and the Business Resource Centre on March 23.
Special Announcements
Transform great ideas into a real business and work for the best boss ever this summer. YOU.

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.

As a Summer Company entrepreneur, you get:
  • Start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • Hands-on business training, advice and mentorship from local business leaders
  • An award of up to $3,000
It's Canada's 150th Birthday and there couldn't be a better time to recognize and celebrate Canadian Entrepreneurs over the age of 50!

The newest and fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship is led by people over the age of 50. It's time to recognize their accomplishments and let all of Canada know what they are doing and what they have to offer.

Are you a founder of a small business or have you purchased an existing business or franchise? Are you one of the founders of an inter-generational or family business?

Perhaps you've got a great new idea or have found a solution to an existing problem - a business that is changing the world!

Whether you've retired and turned what you know into a business, or started that business you've always dreamed of, apply to the inaugural 50 over 50 Awards for a chance to be recognized!

A panel of judges from Canada and beyond will make the final decision on the 50 companies that will receive one of the 50 awards.

Eligibility Criteria: The awards are open to all Canadian resident entrepreneurs who have started a business after they turned 50 years old. Entrepreneurs must be majority owners of the business and the head office of the business must be located in Canada.

Submission deadline is June 30, 2017.

Join the Small Business Centre's Business Advantage program

The Small Business Centre now offers three levels of membership exclusively to its clients through its Business Advantage Program. Entrepreneurs can access existing programs, training and services, as well as discounts for SBC events and a number of perks from local companies offering support to small businesses. 

Clients who sign up for a GROW membership can take advantage of discounted services and products from local partner businesses such as Allegra, Image 360, Vistaprint, Staples, Blab! Media, Hawkins & Co. Accounting and Lacasse Printing Company.
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