The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
A Better Way to Spend Summer Vacation
Why spend the summer working a job you may not like, or worse, doing nothing at all ? For nearly  1,000 Ontario students annually, becoming their own boss is a much more rewarding experience.

Through Ontario's regional small business enterprise centres, high school and post-secondary students can try their hand at entrepreneurship through the Summer Company program.

Summer Company was introduced by the Ontario government in 2001 with the goal of providing full-time students, ages 15 to 29, with a chance to run their own business over the summer months. Participants receive hands-on business training, advice, and mentorship from local business leaders, as well as a grant of up to $3,000.

Over the past 16 years, Summer Company has grown immensely to help nearly 10,000 Ontario students realize their entrepreneurship potential. In 2016, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre saw a record high 25 students accepted to the program, while close to 900 students were enrolled province-wide.

Client News
New company offers at-home Botox injections in Windsor-Essex
CBC News

A new company is offering to fix fine lines and wrinkles in the comfort and privacy of people's homes.
Gotox is a mobile Botox business created by Josie Zakaria, a nurse practitioner at the Windsor Regional Hospital.

"I just bring a little bag with me and carry everything," she explained. "Botox is actually the safest non-surgical medical cosmetic technique out there."

Before she began her mission of smoothing appearances and soothing self-criticism, Zakaria said she got the green light from the Ontario College of Nurses and took a training course.

Tecumseh selected for freight company's headquarters
CTV Windsor

A freight solutions company is opening its North American headquarters in Tecumseh.
The company is called CX North America and their Tecumseh location will be on Sylvestre Drive. The location was chosen because the region is the "epicentre of North American logistics," says Sharon Coburn from CX.
The location was chosen because the region is the "epicentre of North American logistics," says Sharon Coburn from CX.
Lyall Cresswell, CEO of CX North America, says "you go where the people are." He says they also looked elsewhere.

Baking up a family business in Olde Riverside
CBC News

The Riverside Pie Cafe is one of Windsor's hottest new bakeries.
The cafe's selection of sweet and savory pies have had food lovers in the region buzzing since they opened their doors in September.

Windsor drone company to take part in global competition
CTV News

A local drone start-up will be the only Canadian company to take part in a prestigious global competition to change the way we discover the ocean.
The company is Envirodrone and it specializes in unmanned aerial systems, but its next challenge will be to combine the drones with autonomous underwater vehicles to map the ocean floor.
"Ours is very focused on the environment, we see that as a large market and it's kind of where we're tackling," says Ryan Cant, founder and CEO of Envirodrone.
His newest endeavor won't be in the sky for long, it will spend most of its time underwater.

Upcoming Events
Advance, online registration required for all events.


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.

We are happy to host the following events this month.  In the event that we missed an event in our newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 14 - 9 am to 11 am

Thursday, March 16 - 9 am to noon

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 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 access to small business training & workshops.

Apply online today.

Don't qualify for Starter Company?  The
Small Business Centre holds similiar workshops throughout the year that are open to the public.  Keep an eye on our Calendar for upcoming events.  

Past Events

Andrew Patricio, of BizLaunch, presents Day 3 of the Starter Company Series: Low Cost, No Cost Marketing, on February 15.

There was great turnout on February 28, at The Other Place Catering, on Walker Road in Windsor, for the "Start Something New: Mentor/Mentee Matching Event", hosted by the Small Business Centre and the Windsor-Essex Active Retirement Community Initiative.

On February 28, the City of Windsor Building Code Department shared information for small businesses when it comes to common permits, compliance inspection, and more.
Special Announcements
Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch!

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges' scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE's Discovery conference and showcase, May 15-16, 2017, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.

Learn more
Join the Small Business Centre's Business Advantage program

The Small Business Centre now 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 such as Allegra, Image 360, Vistaprint, Staples, Blab! Media, Hawkins & Co. Accounting and Lacasse Printing Company.
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