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

Small Business Spotlight
A Boutique Approach to Health Products

Most Canadians use natural health products every day, but deciding which supplement or superfood to purchase can seem daunting as the industry teems with an endless supply of new products.

Windsor-based nutritionist Kaila Seguin conceived of a boutique shopping experience that takes away the confusion for consumers navigating the multitude of health products on the shelves of grocery stores, pharmacies and health food stores.

Seguin worked for a local nutrition store for several years as well as managed the nutrition department as a wellbeing coordinator for Sobeys. But she took the plunge to venture on her own and open Wellness Market in March. The boutique nutrition store is located at 1614 Lesperance Rd. in the Tecumseh Town Plaza.

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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.

(Natural Health Products)
1614 Lesperance Rd., Tecumseh
(519) 956-7722
(Tex-Mex & Caribbean Fusion Restaurant)
6082 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor
(519) 915-9989
Shanghai Bistro
(Chinese Restaurant)
2045 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor
(519) 253-8880

(Custom Stationary)
315 Pelissier St., Suite 3, Windsor

(Craft Brewery)
2345 Edna St., Windsor

Fetch Mobile Dog Spa
(Professional Dog Grooming Services)

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Photo: Workforce WindsorEssex
Bread Meats Bread 
Workforce WindsorEssex

Bread Meats Bread stands out on Chatham Street downtown Windsor with their seasonal, rotating menu of sandwiches and small plates. The sunny restaurant is bustling with lunch customers and people dining in for supper. Behind the counter, you'll find Chef David, making the delicious creations and chatting with customers.

Chef David Prantera is a co-owner of Bread Meats Bread with his wife, Silva. Growing up in Windsor, he developed his culinary career around the world before returning home with his family to open the restaurant.

Photo: Dan Janisse | Windsor Star
Kingsville Roaster Brews One Batch at a Time on Windsor-Essex Coffee Trail
Sharon Hill | Windsor Star

The temperature dips slightly from 220 degrees Celsius after Craig Marentette pours a couple pounds of coffee beans from El Salvador into his roaster.

The chemical engineer turned coffee roaster tracks the temperature carefully so he doesn't burn the beans with their notes of honey, dry walnut and grapefruit.

"Pretty soon we're going to hear the first crack," he said.

Photo: WindsoriteDOTca
4 Local Businesses Named Canada's Best Managed Companies

CenterLine Windsor, FarrowRed Sun Farms and  Electrozad Supply have been named Canada's best managed companies.

Farrow also received Canada's best managed companies platinum designation for the third time.
Now in its 25th year, Canada's Best Managed Companies is one of the country's leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.
MPP Steven Del Duca_ Minister of Economic Development and Growth_ announces funding through the new Main Street Revitalization Initiative_ in downtown Windsor_ Thursday_ March 15_ 2018.
Photo: Dax Melmer | Windsor Star
More than $3.7M for Windsor-Essex coming in provincial grants
Sharon Hill | Windsor Star

Windsor is getting $212,000 for main street revitalization and the provincial government is investing more than $3.5 million in Windsor-Essex manufacturing companies, Economic Development and Growth Minister Steve Del Duca said.

The more than $3.5 million out of the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund will be given to five Windsor and Essex County businesses, he said after a press conference in downtown Windsor on revitalization.

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How to Develop a Smart Growth Strategy
Business Development Bank of Canada

Managing a fast-growing business presents both opportunities and challenges. The chance to become an industry leader is attractive, but it comes with the risk that demand will outstrip capacity.

To avoid that pitfall, you need a  strategic plan that's backed by adequate financing, empowered employees, and the right information and communications technology.
So how does a company grow in just a few years from three guys working in a frigid apartment to one of the hottest game developer for media giants such as Warner, Electronic Arts, Disney and Nickelodeon?

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March 12 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted a seminar "Small Business Income Tax", where James Palanacki, CPA, of Grant Thornton LLP came in to discuss the financial aspects of running a small business and the responsibilities to the Canada Revenue Agency.
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Please check our calendar for more upcoming events.
Be Your Own Boss This Summer.  Apply for Summer Company. 

Deadline is May 19th

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.
TechBoost Program

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.

We understand that running a small business is a 24/7 type of job, so spending time trying to choose the right technology solution or learning how to use a new kind of software for your company can be daunting. We want to help.

Hackforge, in partnership with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, is offering a series of 10 different 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

Accounting in the Cloud for Small Businesses  Wednesday, April 4, 9 am - 11 am - $20
Content Marketing & Client Prospecting 101 - Wednesday, April 11, 9 am - 11 am - $20
Understanding Hardware & Software SolutionsWednesday, April 18, 9 am - 11 am - $20

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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.

(Essex Office)


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



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.  In the situation where we may have missed an event in our newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on   Facebook  or visiting our  website .

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.

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

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


Learn How to Export to the E.U.

This   workshop focuses specifically on the opportunities and options for exporting into the E.U. 

Learn about:
  • Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) architecture and structure  
  • Certification/protocol of conformity assessment (product testing for E.U. market)
  • Supply chain management/logistics, distribution and sales channels
  • E.U. Customs /duties and import quotas
  • Tax considerations / VAT application
  • Getting paid and foreign exchange risk management
Fee: Complimentary                                           

Date:  April 10th
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Fogolar Furlan, Windsor Hall
 1800 N Service Rd 
 Windsor, ON N8W 1Y3
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EPICentre Windsor

Tuesday, April 17, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Windsor-Essex Regional 
Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, April 11, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
BizLaunch (Webinars)

Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drive Business Growth with Human to Human Customer Experience

AIM Social Media Marketing

Monday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sales Funnels

Bootstrappers Breakfast

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event will take place at 1501 Howard Ave., Suite 101 and is hosted by the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator and WECAN - Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network.   Join other entrepreneurs who "eat problems for breakfast".  This is a great opportunity to:
  • Compare Notes
  • Exchange Ideas
  • Learn from Other Entrepreneurs
  • Brainstorm with Peers
  • Find Strategic Partners
  • Serious Conversations in a Small Group Atmosphere
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Businesses For Sale

Business Space For Lease


A & W Franchise Opportunity

Are you interested in owning and operating a well-known and profitable franchise? A&W Ontario Franchise Development has  just secured a new location in Essex.  A $425K investment is required.  This 1871 sq. ft. (50 seats) location is set to open in 2019. 

For more information, please email Brandi Kinghorn at

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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 syst em? 
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!

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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