The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Client News
Local Dancing Stars Shine Bright on Small Business Stage

October is "Small Business Month" in Canada.  It's a time to recognize and acknowledge the contributions small business owners make to communities across the country.
"Small Business Month underscores the importance of ensuring that we continue to support our entrepreneurs and evolve a continued culture of entrepreneurship in the Windsor Essex region," states Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director, Small Business Centre, a department of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation.  "As part of the WEEDC, the Small Business Centre uses this opportunity to let local businesses know how much we value their contribution to our local economy, and to provide them with opportunities to achieve success."
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Mentoring & Resource Program Targets Boomer & Junior Entrepreneurs

When Carl and Rita Hulme moved to Oxley almost four years ago, they didn't realize how much their retirement life would change.
The Orangeville couple have quickly been transformed from active retirees with time on their hands to busy independent business owners.
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Dignified Day offers recreational programs for seniors, dependent adults while giving caregivers a break

James got to conduct an exploding volcano science experiment and make some homemade play dough.
As one of the first clients at a new centre for seniors and dependent adults called Dignified Day, James absolutely loved both activities. A quiet middle-aged man with intellectual challenges, James lives in a long-term care facility but his family was looking for additional outlets that would appeal to his interests.
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Custom eyeglass frames startup takes home top prize during U of W's Pitch Day

The winner of the day - a company creating custom eyeglass frames using 3-D printing - stole the hearts of the panel.

"I couldn't be happier with the result," said Print Eyewear founder, Scott Sanger. "Our company is redefining designer eyewear."

Sanger's businesses creates custom eyeglass frames based off a 3-D scan of a client's face, to ensure a perfect fit. It then allows people to customize the design to their liking.

Virtual reality allows developers to see projects in 3D before they're built

3DFX is the brainchild of Michael Hoppe and Chris Jedlinski. It's a virtual reality tool that can create three-dimensional architectural renderings that investors, developers and designers can take tours of and actually interact with.

"We ended up getting into video gameplay modes where you can move and even run through the condo," said Hoppe. "But now we have the next step, which uses the Oculus and it's just a completely different experience."

"We want people to be entertained and fully immersed in what their new life could be," he added.

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 people aged 18-29 with the resources and knowledge needed to start and grow their own 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 the following workshops.   Apply online today!

Don't qualify for Starter Company? The classes are free  and open to the public. 

Advance online registration required for all events.
Past Events

Summer Company businesses set up outside at the Walkerville Buskerfest on August 14th

Summer Company entrepreneurs show off their goods at Walkerville Buskerfest 

The Small Business Centre's Summer Company student entrepreneurs showcased their local products and services at the Walkerville Buskerfest on August 14. Some of the diverse businesses included lawn care services, beauty products, reclaimed wood decor and home healthcare.
Special Announcements
If you want insight into technology issues and trends to help grow your business, be sure to attend the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Windsor-Essex Tech Show November 6th!  The  WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Centre are excited to join WEtech Alliance in sponsoring this great event! Early bird tickets are available until October 31st!
Business Advantage partners
Small Business Centre introduces Business Advantage program for entrepreneurs

The Small Business Centre has launched a new Business Advantage program offering three levels of membership exclusively to its clients. Entrepreneurs can access existing programs, training and services, as well as discounts for SBC events and a number of perks from local cmpanies 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.

Congratulations to recent Starter Company participants who received the $5,000 Starter Company grant from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre!

(Clockwise from top left):

Valon Gjetaj, Owner of  Gjetaj Custom Homes
Hector Aguilar, Owner of Craftsmen Contractors
Jason Waters, Owner of JWaters Design
Anthony Sheardown, Owner of Anthony Sheardown Photography
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