The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

Small Business Spotlight 


Out of the coffee shop: Startups opt for
collaboration in business incubators

For startups and growing small businesses, co-working spaces offer a different experience from working in a traditional office or coffee shop corner.

Upon walking into a co-working space there is a buzz of energy and life. Some groups can be seen engaged in lively discussions, enthusiastically scripting their notes on a large drawing board while others may be in deep thought with their heads down at a private desk or in a small office.

Co-working spaces can also be geared toward specific sectors such as arts and technology while others combine a variety of businesses together in a shared space with a common goal: achieving entrepreneurial success. This diverse culture fostering collaboration of teams, ideas and achievement is common in shared workspaces around the world and right here in Windsor, Ont.

Windsor offers budding entrepreneurs incubators that crosses sectors, one that nurtures students and recent graduates and another up-and-coming space aimed at growing social enterprises.

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Each month, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will  
highlight  clients that have recently opened their business.

If you have started your small business recently (less than 6 months ago), or have recently moved your home-based business to a storefront, let us share your new venture with our audience of 4,000+ people!

Email SBC for more information.

1 - 2651 Howard Avenue, Windsor

4-2470 Dougall Avenue, Windsor
(519) 984-8846

(New Storefront Location)
29b-25 Amy Croft Drive, St. Clair Beach
(226) 348-5277

(Music Lessons)
755 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor

(Pet Supplies and Grooming)  
(226) 674-0077

(Yarn, Crochet Supplies and Custom Apparel)
628 Monmouth Road, Studio 1, Windsor
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Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient Andrea Adam  - Owner of Little Sheep Yarn Boutique

Little Sheep Yarn Boutique is Windsor's newest yarn shop and is located at 1505 Ottawa Street in Windsor.  This specialty shop is owned and operated by two passionate yarn crafters: Andrea Adam & Kate Rosser-Davies. 

They offer a large  selection of high quality yarns, crochet hooks, knitting needles, and accessories and ensure that you are getting the best products for the best value.  

Little Sheep Yarn Boutique is a place where you can find high quality natural fibres in a variety of beautiful colours, and socialize with people who share your passion for fibre arts. 

For more information please contact:  (519)-962-9285,
Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient Sarah Caparowich  - Owner of Tease Hair Haven

Sarah Caparowich has always dreamed about owning her own hair salon and her dream has become a reality with the opening of her home-based salon Tease Hair Haven in South Windsor.  

If you are looking for quality hair services at affordable prices, call 226-350-6144 or email and book an appointment today.   
Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient Dr. Andrew Synnott  - Owner of All Systems Performance and Chiropractic

All Systems Performance and Chiropractic is owned and operated by Dr. Andrew Synnott who graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2018 with Magna Cum Laude Honours.  All Systems integrates many therapies in order to optimize patients' health, healing, and/or performance. 

Located at 7041 Wyandotte Street East, Unit A, in Windsor, this clinic blends chiropractic, manual therapy, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and exercise together, to help patients and clients reach their health and performance goals.

Book an appointment online or contact All Systems Performance and Chiropractic at the following: 

Interested in launching or expanding your small business? Click here to see if you qualify for the Starter Company Plus Grant Program.
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Become a Better Communicator with These 4 Tips
Business Development Bank of Canada

Being a good communicator is a must-have skill for any entrepreneur. You need to practice and prepare to develop good communication abilities. Failing to do so can leave you making ho-hum sales pitches and alienating your partners, clients and employees.

"When it comes to communication, most entrepreneurs just wing it, often with mixed results," says BDC Director, Business Strategy Jacques Légaré, who leads a team of experts advising entrepreneurs on management skills. "Communication is a skill that should be worked at and developed."

Légaré shares four essential tips to being a better communicator.

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Love Local Shop Local - Windsor-Essex Shows Great Support

On October 25 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted The W.E. Shop Local Show, presented by WFCU.  This is the fourth year the Small Business Centre hosted their annual local vendor show.  This year the event took place at the Fogolar Furlan Club and featured 50 vendors including food and drink, housewares, artisans, health and wellness and local services.  Over 1100 attendees came out to shop and support local businesses making this one of the most successful years- to-date.  Thank you to all vendors and attendees who participated!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.  

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

Emerging Technologies in Automation 
Conference & Trade Show

Date: Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballroom, Windsor

Featured Speakers:  
Grant Courville, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry's QNX Software Systems
Alexandre Vallières, Vice President at Alworx
Chris Blanchette, Executive Director of Global Accounts at FANUC America Corporation

Automation is rapidly changing the world around us. What are the opportunities for Canada and the Windsor-Essex region?

The Emerging Technologies in Automation Conference and Trade Show is your most effective method of reaching a target audience of automation companies, experts in advanced manufacturing and supply chain buyers while increasing your corporate profile and opening doors to a highly influential group of experts and decision-makers. 

This is your opportunity to connect with over 300 delegates and hear from industry experts focused on innovative and emerging technologies.

Surviving and Thriving When Selling to Retailers 

Date: Tuesday, November 13th 
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), 3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor

Presented by
Peter ChapmanSKU Food, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Who should attend?  
Windsor-Essex food industry businesses who have their products on the shelf in retail.

What will you learn? The goal is for attendees to understand what they need to do to sell to retailers and create a plan to generate successful sales in retail.  The ultimate goal is to "get more Windsor Essex products into the shopping cart".  

This full day session is designed around 3 key topics for suppliers who want to survive and thrive selling to retailers: 

1.  Understanding the retailer as a customer
2.  Focus on the numbers
3.  Building a sales plan

Outcomes: The differences between customers and consumers will be explored.  Some needs are common and some are unique to each.  Participants will gain a better understanding of what retailers are looking for when it comes to performance from suppliers.  They will create their own plan for great customer service.  They will build a sales plan for their business.  There are many options available for them to generate sales.  They all cost money and then each have a different impact on sales. 

Who is the expert presenter? Peter Chapman understands the Canadian food industry, more importantly; he understands where it is going. Our industry is changing fast and Peter is committed to helping food entrepreneurs and processors understand their customers and consumers. Peter's experience includes both sides of the desk. Prior to working with suppliers and launching  SKU Food, Peter worked for 19 years with Canada's largest food retailer, Loblaw. Peter is the author of  A la cart: A supplier's guide to retailers' priorities and has provided food industry insights to Canadian Grocer, The Globe & Mail, Maclean's magazine and Canada AM.

Business Structure and Taxes

Date: Wednesday, November 21th 
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), 3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor

Featuring:   Ilias Kiritsis, LL.B., J.D., Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP Barristers and Solicitors and George John, CPA, CA, Senior Client Service Manager, Roth Mosey & Partners

Financial literacy can make the difference between success and failure when starting a new business. We'll start with the basics and learn about the differences between sole proprietorship, partnerships and corporations, and cover the basics in taxable income, obligations, liability and costs associated with each.

Make sure you cover all your bases by coming to this workshop and ensure your shot at success!

Employment Law: How to Navigate Bill 148
(Also Learn about The Discover Ability Network (DAN) and hiring individuals with Disabilities)

Date: Thursday, December 6th 
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), 3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor

The first segment of the presentation will address hiring individuals with disabilities and the resources provided by the Discover Ability Network (DAN).
Persons with disabilities represent a large untapped talent pool. Many are highly skilled, educated, and want to contribute to the economy.   Many employers are aware of the benefits of diverse hiring, but do not know where to find qualified candidates who have a disability.   The Discover Ability Network is here to connect them for free.  This will be presented by Louie DiPalma, Vice President, SME Programs at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Kevin McShan, Regional Spokesperson for the Discover Ability Network (DAN).  

In the second segment of the presentation,  Jeffrey Patterson from the law firm of Kavanaugh, Milloy will discuss employment law in Ontario.  In late 2017, the Government of Ontario passed the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 which has been commonly referred to as Bill 148. Bill 148 makes some of the most significant changes to Ontario's employment laws in over a decade and a half. It changes how businesses in this province keep their records, schedule and pay their employees, and administer various benefits. These changes will impact almost every business in Ontario that has one or more employees.

During this presentation, you will learn about the changes made to Ontario's employment laws and how you can navigate the new changes such as the new paid personal emergency leave and scheduling restrictions.

TechBoost Workshops are Back!

The  TechBoost Program supports the growth and development of small businesses in Windsor-Essex by providing affordable training in information technology tools and products for business.

Hackforge, in partnership with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, is offering workshops in Windsor-Essex in 2018 that touch on various topics related to implementing technology into your small business. This includes tools for  marketing, organization, finance, sales and  productivity.

Upcoming Workshops - Offered FREE of Charge!

Selling Online with Shopify (Amherstburg)  - Tuesday , Nov. 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Making Instagram Work for your Business (Amherstburg)  - Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Facebook Marketing Masterclass (Amherstburg) -  Tuesday, Nov. 20, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Working Smarter in the Cloud (Amherstburg)  - Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

Funded By:                                                                  In Partnership With:


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
FREE small business training & workshops.

Don't wait! Start working with an advisor today.   Learn more & apply online .


T he Small Business Centre also holds similar workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on our newsletter, social media, and  calendar   for 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.

Friday, Nov. 2 - 9:00 am to 10:00 am 
Tuesday, Nov. 7 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Essex Office)
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Basics of Writing a
Business Plan


A good business plan is your roadmap 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, Nov. 9 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am

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AIM Social Media Marketing

Monday, November 5, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Windsor-Essex Regional 
Chamber of Commerce

Friday, November 2, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Wednesday, November 21, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

EPICentre Windsor

Wednesday, November 7, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10

Wednesday, November 28, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The 2018 Biz X Awards 

Date: Friday, November 16th 
Time: 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: St. Clair Centre for the Arts,  201 Riverside Dr. W.  

Every year local businesses and professionals are nominated for variety of categories representing business excellence. 
The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is this year's People Category Sponsor.  

We wish every nominee the best of luck!

Windsor Women In Business Christmas Shop

Date: Tuesday, November 27th 
Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: The Windsor Yacht Club, 9000 Riverside Dr. E.

Shop local female-owned businesses and check off everyone on your list! 
  • Free Admission
  • Prizes to be won
  • Cash Bar
  • Gift bags full of samples and special offers for the first 50 guests through the door
For more information, email:
Women Entrepreneurship Fund

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a $20 million investment which aims to assist women entrepreneurs to grow their existing businesses and enable them to mature to a state where they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide up to $100,000 in non-repayable contribution funding.

The applications for this fund are due by November 15, 2018.

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Businesses For Sale

Specialty Gift Shop, Belle River - $39,900
Neighbourhood Grocery Store, Windsor - $50,000
Variety Store, Windsor - $79,900
Business Space For Lease

612-3200 Deziel Dr., Windsor - $11.95/sq ft. 

Regularly Scheduled ProgrammingRSP

Join the Small Business Centre's Business Advantage program

The Small Business Centre 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.

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.

WindsorEssex Small Business Centre
Windsor Office: 519-253-6900
Essex Office: 519-776-1116
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