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

Small Business Spotlight
Photo: Taylor Campbell | Windsor Star

Bringing The Best of Local Right to Your Door

Windsor-Essex is a region rich in culture and cuisine, art, history and entertainment, and blessed with unparalleled waterfronts and natural beauty. There's an eclectic array of local artisans, farm fresh produce, and services, and shopping and supporting these local businesses is an integral part of what makes Windsor-Essex a strong and viable community. 
This reality is what prompted high school student Dakota DeRoy to start her local business, Crate & County. Having personally worked with many small businesses in the region as a web designer, DeRoy noticed that the most common problem among small local businesses is they have trouble reaching out to new customers.

"I wanted to discover a way to introduce these local products and services to different people all around our area," DeRoy stated. In other words, bring the local bounty of the county to your door. 
Crate & County launched this spring and is supported through the Small Business Centre's Summer Company program for student entrepreneurs.

Read more

 NewBusinessOnTheBlockNew Business on the Block
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.

Little Sheep Yarn Boutique
(Yarn Store)
1505 Ottawa Street, Windsor

R.W. Studios
(Jewelry Store)
628 Monmouth Road, Windsor
(226) 345-7104

(Vegan Catering)
(519) 551-4727

(Cruelty Free, Eco Friendly Products)
1277 Grand Marais, Windsor
(519) 915-0830

(Epoxy Counter Tops)
2896 Robillard Crescent, Windsor

 BizClientNewsClient News
Photo: Taylor Campbell | Windsor Star
Young Entrepreneurs Showcase Wares at Festival
Taylor Campbell | Windsor Star

Buskers weren't the only ones cashing in on Walkerville crowds this weekend.

Young entrepreneurs showcased their wares at the Small Business Centre tent just next to a Buskerville Festival main stage during the three-day street performance spectacle, which also featured music, food vendors, and other tents selling merchandise.

Each year, almost 20 high school and post-secondary students learn how to plan, market and operate their own businesses through the Summer Company Program, now in it's 18th year. Executed by the Small Business Centre, a department of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and funded by the provincial government, the program gives selected students $1,500 in start-up costs, and offers them business training and mentorship sessions while they work full time on their self employment endeavours all summer.

Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Grant Recipient Jennifer Jinkerson  - Owner of The Dreaming Tree

The Dreaming Tree is a place of growth, trust, honesty, kindness, compassion and peace of mind for all whom are "under the tree".  Visit this tranquil place and sample loose tea, check out their class schedule, and treat yourself to a Reiki, Reflexology or a host of other treatments available. 

Based out of Harrow, The Dreaming Tree... is a place for you to "Be".

For more information please contact (519) 995-4067 or visit


Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients Hanlu Li and Dominik Skrzypek - Owners of Ani and Fabi 

Hanlu and Dominik started Ani & Fabi to make baking more accessible for all ages.   

Ani & Fabi, is a baking kit subscription and Windsor based company that brings all the specialty ingredients, along with an easy to follow recipe card delivered to your door!  All you do is open the door and then bake in the convenience of your own home! No shopping, no measuring and no excess ingredients gone to waste.

This company is one of the newest recipients of the SBC Starter Company Plus Grant.   The Grant comes after a year of the company's opening with a planned use of the funds for a geographical expansion throughout Southern Ontario. These plans align with the company's first anniversary which will be celebrated on (and in the two weeks leading up to) September 14th.  Special promotions and customer appreciation, along with product line extensions being announced that same week.  With the company being based online, celebrations and announcements will be on the company website ( as well as the social media pages of Facebook and Instagram (@aniandfabi).

Articles for SuccessArticlesForSuccess
Tips to quickly expand your business network
Business Development Bank of Canada

A healthy network of business contacts can be one of your greatest assets. It can help you find customers, generate fresh ideas and put you in contact with financial partners, suppliers and advisors.
And the benefits compound - each new person in your network brings along their own network too.

"It's hard to understate the value of networking for entrepreneurs," says BDC Business Consultant Neil Orr, who advises entrepreneurs on management skills. "Your network can be a powerful source of new business, insights and innovation."

In Case You Missed ItICYMI

August 8 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted Banter, Business & Beers + Spirits at Wolfhead Distillery. This local networking event brought together entrepreneurs and representatives of the local Entrepreneur Support Network. The evening provided an opportunity to discover the resources available to small businesses in the Windsor-Essex region as well as learn from experienced business owners and organizations in our community.  

August 29 The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted Media Day for Summer Company Students.  Each student had the opportunity to present their business and share their experience with various community partners and media representatives.   

Upcoming EventsUpcomingEvents
Advance, online registration required for all events.
Please check our calendar for more upcoming events.

W.E. Shop Local Show 
Presenting Sponsor

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 | 5-9 PM


► Locally-made, independent products and services (fashion, home, beauty, art + more!)

► Food and beverages from local restaurants, caterers, cafes and bakeries

► Cash bar with local wine, craft beer and spirits

► Door prizes

► Live demonstrations and interactive displays

► FREE general admission

Booth $150 
includes  table, linens, pipe and drape, chairs, lighting and electrical outlet


*Vendor space is subject to HST. Space is limited, and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis. 
Questions? Contact Natasha Marar or Gina Meret-Dybenko at 519-253-6900 

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 .


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, Sept. 11 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Essex Office)
Monday, Sept. 17- 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Basics of Writing a
Business Plan


A good business plan is your roadmap 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

Partner EventsPartnerEvents

WETech Alliance 

Tuesday, September 25, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

BizLaunch (Webinars)

Monday, September 17, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 25 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

AIM Social Media Marketing

Monday, September 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

EPICentre Windsor

Friday, September 21, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 27, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Windsor-Essex Regional 
Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, September 6, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 20, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is launching a new program called W.E. Made It

W.E. Made It will act as a guide to handcrafted artisanal Windsor Essex-made goods via their site, .

The program will encourage visitors to explore & experience local artisans & makers - and also encourage visitors (and locals alike) to purchase a locally made good to bring home with them!

This is a  FREE marketing program opportunity for qualifying partners.

What they are looking for:
  • Creative and original work; independent designs or products of a handmade nature.
  • Presentation and professionalism with finished product, including the presentation of images or collateral used for marketing.
  • Appropriate, suitable and commercially viable items, including appropriate price points.
  • All qualified applicants are expected to help promote the W.E. Made It program (such as through distribution of collateral, sharing on social media, and where applicable posting a window sticker).


Date: Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 am
Location: Ciociaro Club of Windsor, 3745 North Talbot Road, Tecumseh
Cost: $20
Breakfast: 7:00 am 
Presentation: 7:15 am - 8:15 am

  • Louie DiPalma, Director, Ontario Chamber of Commerce Kevin McShan, Discover Ability Network Motivational Speaker 
  • Employer & Union speakers on "How to Make it Work!"  Phil Roberts, Manager of Roseland Golf & Country Club; Rob Kolody, Union President CUPE Local 82 

You might need $1M to grow your business, or $150,000. What matters is that you want to grow your business, and need help to craft your pitch.

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) has designed Pitch for the Purse to address a key concern facing women entrepreneurs...access to capital. The program is divided into four sections designed to educate and mentor every step of the way: Pitch Training, Semi-Finals, Mentorship + Pitch Finale.

This program is open to women entrepreneurs in Canada. 

Applications are open from August 1, 2018 - October 1, 2018!
Business OpportunitiesOpportunities

Businesses For Sale

The Italian Deli Sandwich Shop, Windsor - $12,000
Restaurant, Windsor - $49,900
Convenience Store, Windsor - $159,999
Business Space For Lease
Regularly Scheduled ProgrammingRSP

Join the Small Business Centre's Business Advantage program

The Small Business Centre 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.

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.

WindsorEssex Small Business Centre | 519-253-6900 | Email  | Website