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

Small Business Spotlight 

GreenerBins. Greener World... Composting Made Easy


Proud Windsorite Dane Fader is demonstrating his passion for entrepreneurship and the environment by starting a business to help reduce the effects of climate change.


GreenerBins Composting Company, launched in June of 2018, diverts food waste from the local landfill by providing weekly organic waste pickup from homes, schools and businesses. That waste is turned into high-quality compost, which is donated back to clients and the community.


"Entrepreneurship runs in my family," stated Fader. "I always dreamed of starting a business that would help the environment."


After living in Toronto and Halifax, both cities providing a municipal green bin program, Fader couldn't stand throwing his food waste in the garbage. He started talking to others in the Windsor-Essex area and realized he wasn't alone; many people wished for another option. With an idea in motion, GreenerBins was born.


GreenerBins Composting Company started out as just a residential pickup program but has now expanded into the restaurant and other business sectors. Fader's goal is to continue growing residential and commercial pickup. 


"In the future I have my eyes set on big institutions that create huge volumes of waste: schools, hospitals, etc. It's my dream that GreenerBins will be a part of the solution for this city," said Fader. 

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 NewBusinessOnTheBlockNew Business on the Block
Each month, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre 
highlights  clients and entrepreneurs that have recently opened their business.

If you have started or expanded your small business recently (less than 6 months ago), or have moved your home-based business to a storefront, let us share the news with our audience of 4,000+ people!

Email SBC for more information.

Qdoba Mexican Eats

(Restaurant - Mexican Food)
650 Division Road Suite 2A, Windsor

(Furniture Store)
4115 Walker Road, Unit 3-40, Windsor
519 250 1778

Photography and E vent Studio 
1012 Drouillard Road, Windsor - Rear Entrance

(Restaurant - Handcrafted Burgers and Fries)
650 Division Road, Windsor

(Restaurant - Breakfast
12058 Tecumseh Road East,  Tecumseh
(519) 739-9393
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Photo: (left to right) Reesa Del Duca (Owner, Ballyhoo Design), Cassandra Capacchione (Formally - Business Advisor, Small Business Centre)
Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient Reesa Del Duca - Owner of Ballyhoo Design

Ballyhoo Design is an independently owned and operated boutique solution for your marketing problems. Specializing in graphic design, thoughtful branding, and engaging website care, they provide design solutions where your message matters.  

Whether have a project in the works or you just want to talk shop,  get in touch at 

Follow the updates on  Instagram  or Facebook .
Photo: (left to right) Markie Tuckett (Owner, Timber+Plumb Kitchens & Cabinetry), Myrtle Donnipad (Youth and Entrepreneurship Advisor, Small Business Centre)
Congratulations to Starter Company Plus Recipient Markie Tuckett, Timber+Plumb Kitchens & Cabinetry

Located in Windsor, Ontario, Timber + Plumb specializes in kitchen and bath design as well as handcrafted cabinetry. They work exclusively as a kitchen design studio and partner with custom and semi-custom Canadian cabinetry manufacturers to create your dream space. 

Owner Markie Tuckett is the principal designer at Timber + Plumb. She founded the company in 2018 after working several years in the kitchen design industry. Through her knowledge and experience she can guide clients through the hectic process of a renovation all the while providing clients with a beautiful space in their homes or offices. 

Contact them today for a FREE initial quote with their award-winning designer.


Turaco Web:  Get Up and Running on the Cloud with Office 365 and Cloud PBX Solutions

Small Business Centre client Claudius Thomas  successfully launched his new business, Turaco Web, in December 2018. 

Their mission is to plan effective management and strategies for the highly secured Managed Services Environment, "The Cloud". Turaco Web creates custom, cost effective and highly scalable solutions that work.  

For more information visit their website at

Photo: Biz X Magazine
A Happy Healthy New Year With FL3X Fitness
Joe McParland | Biz X Magazine

Building on the success of their first year - and responding to numerous inquiries from persons in the city core and the south and west ends of the city - FL3X Fitness is excited to announce the opening of their second location at 2459 Dougall Avenue in the Dorwin Plaza, adjacent to Springz Trampoline and Amusement Park.

This will be a significantly larger facility that will feature a dedicated women's only section. They are planning a May 2019 opening, with their pre-sale office opening in January.

For more information visit their website ( or drop into FL3X Fitness at 10700 Tecumseh Road East and say hello to Carlos, Chris and all the fine fitness folks working there.

Photo: Windsor Star
Nominations Announced for Annual Business Excellence Awards
Dave Battagello | Windsor Star

It was an evening of celebration and pride for several local business owners as finalists for the 29th annual Business Excellence Awards were announced Wednesday during a reception at the City Grill.

"(The awards) are a celebration of our community and business leaders," said Rakesh Naidu, CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber which oversees the awards. 

"These are the ones we are really proud of in our community.
"They have great products and they are great entrepreneurs. This is a chance to celebrate them, cheer them on and for them to bring laurels to their business organizations."

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GRAND OPENING: Chatime Windsor Celebrates a Full Opening
Anna Millerman |

Chatime teahouse Windsor celebrated their Grand Opening with give-away's and deals.

The shop has been perfected with final touches and will now operate on the set schedule of: Sunday to Thursday from 11:30am to 11pm, and from 11:30am until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Chatime Windsor marks the chain's 30th store in Ontario.

Visit Chatime Windsor at 650 Division Rd, in the Union Square plaza.

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Properly measure your profits using these 4 key steps 
Business Development Bank of Canada

Measuring your profits isn't just important for reporting or tax purposes. It's also vital for good decision-making. Doing it right will give you insights about how to optimize prices, which product lines to focus on or drop and how to better run your company.

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs have a poor handle on their company's finances or a false sense of their profitability. They may rely on a bookkeeper or accountant to do their books without getting the information they need to understand how they're generating profits.

"Business owners normally think the information is just for taxes or financial statements," says Alka Sood, a business consultant at BDC. "Analyzing your profitability should be an integral part of decision-making."

In Case You Missed ItICYMI
On January 30th, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre hosted Digital Marketing 101 - Building Your Online Presence i n partnership with social media marketing expert Nichole Howson. This interactive presentation taught attendees how build their online presence and reach their target audience. Attendees also learned cost effective ways of using social media and other tools to get noticed online.  
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Advance, online registration required for all events.
Please check our calendar for more upcoming events.
SBC Presents: Small Business Income Tax

Date:  Wednesday, February 20
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ( Registration from 9:00 am to 9:30 am.)
Location: Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), 3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor

Income tax return deadline is quickly approaching. Are you ready for it?

Preparing tax returns can be daunting, so let our Chartered Professional Accountants answer your questions.
Learn to manage the financial aspects of your business and your responsibilities to the Canada Revenue Agency. This FREE seminar is hosted by James Palanacki, Melissa Goyeau and Barry Wilson of  Grant Thornton LLP.

Topics to be discussed include:
* Basics of the Canadian income tax system
* Procedures for reporting business income
* Allowable criteria for deducting expenses
* Completing your tax return
* Best practices for record keeping - how and why
* Canada Revenue Agency and you
* Tax planning tips
* Common problems and how to avoid them


Banter, Business & Beers: Small Business Network Night

Date:  Thursday, March 7
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Walkerville Brewery, 525 Argyle Rd, Windsor

Join us for an evening of networking with local entrepreneurs. 

Appetizers and great conversation are on us! Whether you are thinking about starting a business, operating as a new business or have been in the game for a while, this event is for you. Share success stories, ideas and learn from experienced business owners and organizations in our community.  Discover how resources, such as the Starter Company Plus Program, helped many of our clients start, buy or expand their businesses in the Windsor Essex Region. 


Financial Bootcamp: Know Your Numbers

Date:  Tuesday, March 19
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), 3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor
Cost: $25.00 (Lunch and Refreshments Provided) 

Know Your Numbers

Featuring: Jules Hawkins, CPA, CA, President Hawkins & Co. Accounting Inc.

The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, in collaboration with  Hawkins & Co. Accounting Inc., brings you an ALL-DAY* financial workshop!

When entrepreneurs start their small businesses, there are plenty of steps and factors that are necessary for things to go right - and sometimes an entrepreneur may not notice those steps or factors until they happen, or until something doesn't quite work out. There's also the concern of how much money to charge for services or products in order to make money and be a profitable and sustainable business. A considerable factor in determining business success or failure is how well a business's finances are understood.
This workshop will cover a range of topics and give you practical tools that you can use in order to maximize your knowledge in your business's financials. You will learn:
  • Important accounting concepts you need to understand
  • How to project when your business will need or generate cash
  • How to calculate your break even volume of business
  • How to price to make sure you are covering all of your business costs
  • How and when to use debt wisely
  • How you and your business relate in law and tax, to determine the best business structure
  • Which tax filings and payments are of high-tracking importance, and advice on best practices
  • Record keeping by the law, for business reasons, and doing what works best for small businesses
  • Your business supports (accountants, lawyers, etc.), and the who, what, and when of it all
Whether you're an entrepreneur in the business plan phase, have already started your business, or a seasoned business owner, this workshop is for you! Join us to learn more about the numbers you work with on a daily basis in your business.



Starter Company Plus

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 .


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.

Friday, Feb. 1- 9:00 am to 10:00 am  
Monday, Feb. 11- 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday, Feb. 14 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Essex Office)

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
Friday, Feb. 15 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Monday, Feb. 25 - 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm  

Tuesday, Feb. 26 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Essex Office)
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Windsor-Essex DevFEST

Saturday, February 23,, 8:30 am to :00 pm
EPICentre Windsor

Tuesday, February  5, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 12, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 26, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

WERCC February After Business Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Hello Canada Multicultural Event

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:  Caboto Club (Caboto Hall) 2175 Parent Ave., Windsor 

Business OpportunitiesOpportunities

Businesses For Sale

Sporting Goods Business, LaSalle - Please Contact
Restaurant , Windsor - Please Contact
Business Space For Lease

45 Arthur Street, Essex - $10/sq ft.
894 Ottawa Street, Windsor - $12/sq ft.
Regularly Scheduled ProgrammingRSP
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
Windsor Office: 519-253-6900
Essex Office: 519-776-1116
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