The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Young Doctor's New Clinic Treats Mobility Issues
A young Windsor doctor's new multidisciplinary health and rehabilitation clinic is treating people's mobility issues and helping local athletes prevent injuries.

Allison Kivisto, owner of Movement Health, studied Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2014. She's also a certified yoga instructor and a functional range conditioning specialist.

Kivisto worked as a chiropractor at a Windsor clinic following graduation but wanted to venture on her own. She opened the doors to Movement Health at 1790 Assumption St. in Windsor on Dec. 28, 2016. The clinic offers chiropractic treatments, medical acupuncture, concussion management, first aid and CPR certification, sideline sports coverage, yoga and Pilates and pre/postnatal fitness.

Client News
Pet Au Pair popular among Windsor animal lovers
CBC News

Some days Richelle Gale spends more time with dogs than people.
The pet care provider visits her clients' homes to spend time with the pets, who tend to need some attention during the day.

Gale has been operating Pet Au Pair Service, an in-home pet-care business, for the past four years. She visits people's animals, lets them outside and spends a bit of time with them.

"There are a lot of people who work long, long hours and they prefer to have someone come in and give their animal a quick let-out. It's like a mid-day potty break," she said.

New app to show nearest clinic and shortest wait times in Windsor-Essex
CTV Windsor

Clinic Seeker Inc. announced Friday it is launching the mobile app companion to its Clinic Seeker website, now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
"Sometimes it's not the pain of a broken arm that makes people grimace," said Lisa Jacobs, founder and CEO of Clinic Seeker, in a news release. "It's not knowing where to go for the right service when you need it."

Chinese business leaders want to inspire Windsor's young professionals
CBC News

Members of the Border Business Club, a group of Chinese entrepreneurs in Windsor, are trying to inspire young professionals to stay and work in the region. The business club started in April 2014 with the goal of helping people establish new businesses and create jobs. Since opening, the group has provided mentoring and marketing advice to several people, including the owners of the new Sandwich Post Cafe.
This year, the Border Business Club is ramping up efforts to keep young talent in Windsor with the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Innovation Corner.

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.


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.

The next round of Starter Company workshops will take place  Monday, February 13 to Friday, February 17, from  9 am to 11:30 am. You must be apply prior to attending.

Apply online today.

Don't qualify for Starter Company?  The
Small Business Centre holds similiar workshops throughout the year that are open to the public.  Keep an eye on our Calendar for upcoming events.  

Advance registration online required for all events.
The Windsor-Essex Active Retiree Iniative *, in partnership with the Small Business Centre , would like to invite you to a  Roundtable Mentor/Mentee Matching Event that will bring together individuals pursuing their second career in business, sharing challenges, guidance and key points for successful start-ups.

Please join us, as we continue to Start Something New - a mentoring and resource program tailored specifically to serve the needs of retired boomerpreneurs and juniorpreneurs eager to connect with a wealth of expertise and knowledge for shaping their decisions.

The Roundtable Mentor/Mentee Matching Event will be held:

Tuesday, February 28th
The Other Place Catering
1395 Walker Road, Windsor, ON
9:00 am - Noon

Take this opportunity to deliver your unique "Elevator Pitch" and bring plenty of business cards to hand out. This matching event will bring beginning entrepreneurs and successful business people together. You will be able to network with mentors and local entrepreneurs in the Windsor/Essex business arena.

The Windsor-Essex Active Retirement Community Initiative, (WEARCI:WE-ARE-KEY) is a not-for- profit, cooperative, marketing partnership formed by the Windsor-Essex Home Builders Association, Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS ® and Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. WEARCI's mission is to foster economic diversity with long-term sustainability, attract the affluent and active 50-plus market, create new jobs, encourage investment, revitalize the real estate market, and ultimately create a new 'green' economy for the region.
Past Events

Julian Hawkins, of Hawkins & Co. Accounting, presents the scaleUP Accounting program, in the Small Business Centre boardroom, on January 12.

Small Business Centre Advisor, Natasha Marar, presenting to the University of Windsor's Fourth Year Marketing class, January 25.   Good luck on your studies!  Be entrepreneurial and dream big!
Special Announcements

February 8, 2017 * 9:00am - 12:30pm
Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor, ON

From the people who brought you ConnectFest in 2016, this year they bring you WEConnectYQG - a place to network and connect.  Business owners will have the chance to learn from fellow business owners, hone networking skills and put those skills into action during the energized networking sessions.   A morning of working on your business, where small business owners connect with their next best client, and get to n etwork and connect with other business owners.

For extra exposure, feel free to bring a door prize!

Lunch is included.
*Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred.
Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch!

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges' scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE's Discovery conference and showcase, May 15-16, 2017, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.

Learn more
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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