The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Students Forgo Traditional Summer Jobs for Entrepreneurship
Eighteen Windsor-Essex students are joining hundreds of others across the province as first-time entrepreneurs in the annual Summer Company program.

Summer Company is an Ontario government program which provides young people with the resources and training to start a new summer business. Full-time students, aged 15-29, receive hands-on business training, advice, and mentorship, from local business leaders, as well as a grant of $3,000.

Since 2001, over 7,800 students in Ontario have launched businesses through Summer Company. Approximately 500 people will be enrolled this summer.

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is working with a variety of new student businesses that provide services and products, such as videography, fashion, landscaping, boat cleaning, audio recording, tutoring, 3D printing, and property management.

Visit our website to read more, as we highlight some of the unique Summer Company startups we are working with.



Register now  to become a vendor at the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre's 3rd annual Small Biz Expo! Last year's Small Biz Expo saw 300+ attendees and over 50 local vendors, entrepreneurs, and Small Business Centre clients participate and display their products and services - and this year, we're making room for more! Register today! 

The expo showcases locally-made, independent products and services from across the region, and is your opportunity to expose your business to your potential clients. Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird discount. Everything you need to know about the expo and becoming a vendor can be found on our website

For further information, please contact:
Natasha Marar
519-253-6900 ext 2231

 Client News
Photo: Rima Hamadi/CBC
Despite Challenges, Syrian Refugee Opens Windsor Restaurant
Rima Hamadi | CBC News

Mohammad Basem Aldehneh was an engineer for 17 years before seeking refuge in Canada.
Mohammad Basem Aldehneh never thought he'd be the owner of a restaurant - it just wasn't part of his plan.

The Syrian refugee, now living in Windsor, was an engineer for 17 years before arriving in Canada more than a year ago.

"We can't go back to Syria ... there's a war going on," he said. "So, we decided to come to a safe place with my family, so we can live in a safe area. Canada is the best place for that."

Upcoming Events
Advance, online registration required for all events.
Please check our calendar for more 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.

Classes will resume in  October.   Start working with an advisor 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.  


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 case that we missed an event in our newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook or visiting our website.
Financial Bootcamp: Know Your Numbers
Thursday, August 17, 2017

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! (*Lunch & refreshments will be provided)

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.

Past Events

Summer Company 2017 officially kicked off July 10! Thank you to our presenters: Jayson Bastien, former Summer Company student, now of Roth-Mosey, presenting accounting; Matt Dunlop of Mainstream Marketing, presenting marketing; and Lexi & Gabe of Summer Company 2016 cohort, presenting their experience! Cheers to this year's students! See more on our website!
Special Announcements
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 August 31, 2017.

EPICentre seeking new Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Role Description:
As a seasoned entrepreneur/intrapreneur, board member, business leader, and investor in startup firms, the EIR brings a crucial skill set and wealth of industry knowledge to the position. In addition to providing expertise through guest lectures, workshops and coordination with EPICentre Staff and Faculty, the EIR will share insight and experience that assists young entrepreneurs to more deeply understand and implement the processes of innovation and venture building.

The EIR will:
  • Provide introductions, through various networks inside and outside of Windsor-Essex, to other successful business people who can help or advise EPICentre faculty, administrators, and youth ventures. This is a key role that will fill a current gap in mentor and investor expertise
  • Assist in the effective development of applied business/leadership skills
  • Provide advice about and connections to knowledge experts, angel investors, and venture capitalists
  • Support multidisciplinary faculty in identifying contacts and projects relating to the pursuit of applied research of interest to EPICentre's academic and business communities
  • Assist EPICentre through involvement with UWindsor alumni and current student cohorts
  • Provide mentorship and advice to startups involved in EPICentre programs, and provide monthly reports to the EPICentre Venture Start Director and Program Director
What is the scaleUP Financial Program?

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 system?   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! You will learn to:
  • Create efficiencies in your business
  • Use financial data to make wise business decisions
  • Keep on top of paperwork, bookkeeping, and compliance
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.
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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