The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Celebrate Small Business Month!
Small Biz Expo Flyer
Small Business Exhibitors Wanted !

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is presenting Small Biz Big Buzz Expo Oct. 22 in celebration of Small Business Month. The Expo is an opportunity for local small businesses to participate and show off what their business have to offer by becoming a exhibitor. This free public event will give your business exposure, meet potential clients, show off and sell your local products, services, food and beverages! Door prizes for attendees and vendors! 
You could win one of the following for your business 

  • Compliments of The Windsor Star: A $1,000 advertising campaign. Host 12 of your clients at a Spitfire Game in the Windsor Star VIP Box and two (2) - VIP tickets to a Detroit Red Wing Hockey Game.
  • Compliments of AM 800 CKLW: An Experts On Call session valued at $1,500.
Reserve your display today. Vendor applications are now open. Visit our website for details or call 519-253-6900.

Clients in the News
Enigma Windsor Escape Room
Think outside the box and try Windsor's first escape room

While it may look like a regular room, much like any other room, a series of hidden puzzles, codes, keys and locks await teams eager to conquer - did we mention you're locked in this room, trying to escape?

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Devine Personnel
Devine Personnel hiring about 200 full-time, permanent jobs

Canada may officially be in a recession, but there is a glimmer of hope for Windsorites.  Devine Personnel is looking to fill about 200 full-time, permanent jobs with several Windsor-Essex area manufacturers.

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Inside ShopEco's new location

After three years of success, ShopEco is now enjoying a larger space so they can offer even more eco-conscious products. 

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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 services and programs available to you
You will receive a FREE Start-up Package and step-by-step guidance.


Tuesday, Oct. 6 - 10-11 a.m. (Essex office)

Tuesday, Nov. 3 - 10-11 a.m. 
(Essex office)

Friday, Nov. 6 - 9-10 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 16 - 3-4 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 20 - 2-3 p.m.
(Essex office)

Tuesday, Nov. 17 - 10-11 a.m.
(Essex office)

Starter Company

Starter Company is an Ontario government program that 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.

Don't qualify for Starter Company? Missed the application deadline? Our workshops are  free and open to the public. S ign up today!


Managing and Planning Your Money Thursday, Oct. 15 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Understanding Your Finances and Business Structure
Thursday, Oct. 22 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 27 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Past Events
Ferocity Lifestyle at the farmers' market
SBC client showcase at the farmers' market

The WindsorEssx Small Business Centre showcased its Summer Company student entrepreneurs at the Downtown Windsor Farmers' Market Aug. 29. Shoppers were able to purchase local-made beauty products and clothing while learning more about SBC clients and services. See event  Photos!
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