The latest news, events and client highlights from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.
Small Business Spotlight
Clinic Seeker app
Clinic Seeker app delivers real-time health care info

Trips to hospital emergency rooms and walk-in clinics often mean crowded areas and long waits. But a Windsor entrepreneur hopes her mobile app will help patients receive faster treatment using crowd-sourced data.

Clinic Seeker is a free application for Android and iOs devices that pairs users with nearby walk-in clinics, urgent care centres and emergency rooms. 

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Client News
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation's Perspective Magazine showcases region in The Globe & Mail

Grab a copy of The Globe & Mail  or click below to read the Perspective  magazine feature on  Windsor- Essex,  with the latest insight into the economy, education, manufacturing, lifestyle, small business, innovation + more!

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Photo_ Jonathan Pinto_CBC
Tristan Fehrenbach of the Earnest Bagel Company.  Photo: Jonathan Pinto/CBC
How customers help family businesses survive

Neighbourhood restaurants, like your favourite cafe or bakery, have something special about them.
They're the must-see places we bring our friends from out of town. They introduce us to new types of food. They can adapt to our likes and dislikes.
But these little shops operate in a fiercely challenging climate that often force owners out of business within a year or two of opening. Fortunately, my small bakery survived the start-up phase, largely because of the thoughtful behaviour of generous customers.

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

(Clockwise from top left):

Andrea Docherty,  Andrea Docherty Nutrition
Olivia Ryan,  Riverside Pie CafĂ©
Lauren Minard,  Hazel Eyes Boutique
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

Entrepreneurs show off their love of supporting local small business at the Small Biz Expo on October 20

Small Biz Expo 2016 a success! 

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted the 2nd annual Small Biz Expo 2016 on October 20 at Windsor's Caboto Club, where 50 local small businesses successfully showcased their products and services to hundreds of consumers. Business vendors included local artisans, fashion, health and food businesses, entertainers and more! Visit our Facebook page for more pictures from the Expo - view, tag and share!
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 8! The  WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Centre are excited to join WEtech Alliance in sponsoring this great event! 

WEARCI speed-networking session to match small business start-ups with mentors

Windsor-Essex new business start-ups, boomerpreneurs thinking a second career and juniorpreneurs hoping to launch their big idea, can now tap into the knowledge and resources of a mentoring initiative thanks to WEARCI's Start Something New Program and the Small Business Centre.

Individuals planning a start-up or new business faced with challenges, can attend a three-hour speed-networking session on November 9 from 9 am to 12 pm at The Other Place Catering, 1395 Walker Rd. in Windsor. Attendees will be connected to a cross-section of seasoned entrepreneurs with a wide range of experience for navigating roadblocks and capitalizing on opportunities to drive a start-up's success.

RSVP: Leona MacIntyre, or 519.974.1079
Business Advantage partners
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 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.
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