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

Small Business Spotlight
Windsor-Essex Farmers'

Cool New Business Thrives in the Summer Heat

A new small business craze is popping up across Windsor-Essex farmer's markets this season. Gourmet ice pops: refreshing sweet treats that taste delicious, and are made locally with fresh produce and organic ingredients.

Along with Windsor Ice Pops and Atta-Boy Co., The Frosty Pineapple Gourmet Ice Pops is one of three local businesses of its kind to recently open. Owner Maya Fullerton conceived the idea after seeing it in other cities and figured Windsor would be a great place to introduce the frozen delight. "And really," said Fullerton, "who doesn't love a popsicle?"

Fullerton has been amazed by the rapid success of her business. "I thought it would lead to some [farmer's] market events here and there, but we've been overwhelmed with the response and really believe The Frosty Pineapple can be a known name in the ice pop business beyond just Windsor and Essex County."

The Frosty Pineapple takes ice pops to the next level using local, hand-picked organic ingredients and offering vegan friendly options, a variety of creative flavours and customizing them to any dietary need. The Walkerville business markets to individuals that want a sweet treat but are health-conscious and want to know what they are putting into their bodies. Their recipes are as naked as possible, steering clear of preservatives, fillers, dyes, and artificial sweeteners. What you see is what you get.

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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.

(Art and homemade chemical free wellness products)
(519) 992-0190
(519) 564-0200

Will Shine Duzzit All
(Pest control, auto detailing, cleaning, snow removal, etc...)
(519) 819-4806

(Software testing)


(Kitchen and bath contractor)
2778 Richmond St., Windsor
(705) 795-0326

(Support service for individuals with disabilities)
27 Princess St., Suite 103, Leamington
(519) 817-6460

(Body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, nutritional services)
(519) 996-3081
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Congratulations to Starter Company Grant Recipient Doug Williams  - Owner of Will Shine Duzzit All

Will Shine Duzzit All (est. 2018) is the answer to all of your household and commercial service needs.

Based out of Kingsville, this company focuses on offering a variety of services to the Windsor-Essex region including pest control, auto detailing, snow removal, high pressure washing, new build clean up, exterior window washing and many more. 

Visit for a complete list of services available or call 519-819-4806.

UWindsor Student Gets Head Start on City-Wide Compost Pickups
CBC News

'GreenerBins' allows customers to have their organic waste picked up on a weekly basis.

The provincial government wants every city and town to have green bin recycling by 2025. This means cities will have to offer organic waste collection - just like they do for bottles and cans.

For one Windsor man, seven years is too long to wait.

Dane Fader, a 21-year-old University of Windsor student, has just launched a company called GreenerBins Composting Company - offering customers weekly pickups of their organic waste.

Photo: Nick Brancaccio | Windsor Star
Kingsville Mettawas Station Up for Best Veal Sandwich in Ontario
Sharon Hill | Windsor Star

Kingsville chef Anthony Del Brocco's veal sandwich called the Train Wreck is one of the top four veal sandwiches in Ontario and he'll compete to be the best Saturday.

His veal meal is a bit messy to eat in his Mettawas Station Italian Mediterranean Grill inside the historic Kingsville train station. That combo got the sandwich dubbed the Train Wreck and he's hoping his combination of local ingredients and Ontario veal can beat three other restaurants for the provincial veal victory.

"Bragging rights. I get to say I have the best veal sandwich in Ontario," Del Brocco said of what a win in the Veal Farmers of Ontario competition would mean.

Photo: FedEx Small Business Grant Contest
FedEx Awards $100,000 in Cash and Prizes to Top Ten Winners of its First-Ever Canadian Small Business Grant Contest 
FedEx Express Canada |

Congratulations to SBC Client and Starter Company Grant recipient Hishaam Pahary ( Cemento Inc.) for winning  $15,000  plus a consulting meeting with  Doug Stephens , "The Retail Prophet" ( $5,000  CAD estimated value).

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Key considerations when buying an existing business
Business Development Bank of Canada

Growing your business internally can be a sluggish and high-risk strategy in a fast-moving business world. That's why many entrepreneurs choose instead to acquire an existing firm.

This strategy eliminates many of the headaches involved in  getting a start-up off the ground, such as developing products, hiring the right people and building a sound customer base. It also gives entrepreneurs a jump on the start-up phase-a time when many new businesses fail. Often, it's the only feasible way to break into a particular field, such as tourism or manufacturing, since start-up costs in these sectors can be prohibitive.

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June 12 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted an event "Coffee with a Banker", where Marie Pellegrino, Sales and Service Manager from the Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) came in to discuss  the importance of individual credit, loan applications and understanding why you need a business plan - what a lender is looking for and how it will help you in the long run.  

June 22  The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted a networking event with our Starter Company workshop participants at Good Neighbour in Walkerville. Our June cohort of entrepreneurs enjoyed networking and great conversation after competing a week of business training sessions. Thank you to all who participated.  

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Advance, online registration required for all events.
Please check our calendar for more upcoming events.
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 - Offered FREE of Charge!

Making Instagram Work for your Business (Belle River)  - Wednesday , July 4, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Office Automation with Google Apps (LaSalle)  - Thursday, July 5, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Building Effective Websites for Small Businesses (Belle River) -  Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Cyber Security for Small Business (Belle River)  - Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Cyber Security for Small Business (LaSalle) - Thursday, July 12, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Up and Running with Shopify (LaSalle)   - Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Building Effective Websites for Small Businesses (LaSalle)  - Thursday, July 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Facebook Marketing 101 for Small Business (LaSalle)Wednesday, July 25, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
The Cloud - Working Smarter, Not Harder (LaSalle)Thursday, July 26, 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 .

Congratulations to the June 2018 cohort of  Starter Company entrepreneurs for completing the workshops.


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.

Tuesday, July 10 - 10 am to 11 am (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

SBC Presents: Coffee with a Lawyer

Tuesday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
700 California Ave., Suite 200, Windsor

Presenter : 
Ilias Kiritsis, LL.B., J.D.
Barrister, Solicitor, Notary Public
Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP

Don't miss this opportunity to talk to a lawyer! Knowing the basics of business law will help protect you and your business. Learn about Contracts and legal agreements, Liability in the different business structures, intellectual property law and any relevant legal information regarding operating a small business. 

There will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a Q & A period to make sure all of your specific questions are addressed.

This event is FREE! Advanced Registration Required! Space is exclusive to 15 people. If you are interested in attending, please contact Cassandra at
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WETech Alliance 

Thursday, July 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
BizLaunch (Webinars)

Tuesday, July 3, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
AIM Social Media Marketing

Monday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
EPICentre Windsor

Monday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Belle River On The Lake BIA Sunsplash Festival

July 12 - July 15

This year's Sunsplash Festival contains four days of action packed activities for all ages! Sponsored by the town's Business Improvement Area (BIA), the Sunsplash committee strives to provide residents and visitors with a memorable weekend. 

Come out with your family and support SBC Clients and local vendors, enjoy the carnival, parade, classic car show, CAN AM Watercross Races and so much more!  

Photo: Hackforge
Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. 
Hackforge Windsor, 255 Ouellette Ave.

Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake) welcomes Hackforge Members and the general public to come in and tinker with any project you personally have or discover what we have hidden away that can be used for something cool.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3D printers, or just simply crafting with beads. 

Do you want to show off something? Bring it in! Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.
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Businesses For Sale

Hair Salon, Tecumseh Mall - $15,000
Retail Store, Belle River - $39,900
Restaurant, Windsor - $49,900
Business Space For Lease
Regularly Scheduled ProgrammingRSP

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!

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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