Neighbourhood Small Business Grant

A new partnership between Small Business Centre and United Way Windsor-Essex will award four $5,000 grants in United Way priority neighbourhoods across Windsor and Essex County.

United Way currently funds four neighbourhood engagement programs and an integral part of neighbourhood revival is thriving small businesses within communities. As a natural evolution of these efforts, the grants will support businesses looking to open in these priority areas in Windsor (Downtown, Olde Sandwich Towne, Wyandotte Town Centre, Ford City) and targeted areas in the County (Uptown Leamington, Essex Centre, Harrow).

New Online Tool Launched To Help Local Businesses And Job-Seekers

A new online tool called WEsearch was launched Thursday morning that makes the process of researching business funding opportunities as well as employment services and or upgrading programs easier than ever.

Designed by Workforce WindsorEssex, WEsearch simplifies the task of researching programs and services, so that businesses and job-seekers can focus on what matters most – growing their business or finding their next job.

By answering a few questions about the kind of help a user is looking for, WEsearch presents information about organizations, programs and or services that match their needs, utilizing a free, easy to use, way finding tool.

Another aspects of WEsearch is that it can be embedded into other websites while providing some customization. Partners currently hosting WEsearch on their websites include Unemployed Help Centre, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Windsor-Essex Small Business Centre, and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. The City of Windsor and the University of Windsor created links from their websites to WEsearch.

“During the development process, members of our central planning table and working groups made it clear that they didn’t want another website. We didn’t want to ask community partners to drive web-traffic to an external website while they were trying to drive traffic to their own site. Instead, we chose to bring WEsearch to places where job-seekers and businesses would naturally look for help, allowing it to be displayed there without cost while offering some customization,” said Doug Sartori, Board Chair, and Central Planning Table and Working Group member, Workforce WindsorEssex.

You can find the new website here.

Show Us Your Gap Contest

In a follow-up to our Do Good, Make Money event with StopGap Foundation, we’re giving away 2 custom StopGap ramps.

Physical barriers in our “built environment” prevent many of us from enjoying some of the amazing buildings and spaces that our cities and communities have to offer.

StopGap Foundation’s goal is to create a world where every person can access every space. The Ramp Project has been successful at highlighting how a simple ramp can make life easier for everyone. Parents pushing strollers, couriers using dollies to handle heavy packages and people using mobility aids all benefit from a barrier free storefront. The project has also proved to business owners that they are able to increase their customer base by providing a storefront that everyone can enter and exit.

The brightly coloured ramps do not present a perfect solution to the problem however they do get people talking about the much bigger issue of inclusivity and accessibility for all.

To enter, complete the registration form below. The contest closes Friday, May 5th at 11:59pm. Good luck!

Show Us Your Gap Contest

Fill in the information below to be entered to win 1 of 2 custom StopGap ramps.
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SEO Session with Sebastian Agosta

In this FREE follow-up to his recent Guest Blog post, 4 Steps to SEO Success, Sebastian Agosta will be sharing his tips and tricks to Search Engine Optimization success! Sebastian is the Owner of – a digital marketing company.  He has 10 years experience as a digital marketer, web designer and WordPress developer in Windsor, Ontario. He partners with small to medium sized businesses to grow their online presence through unique and inventive digital marketing strategies.

Wednesday, March 22nd

Institute for Border Logistics & Security (IBLS)
3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor


This session is open to anyone that is interested in improving their SEO results.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by RSVPing to



Doing Business With Government and Innovation Information Forum

Two Valuable Events, One Day, One Location

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, WEtech Alliance and federal, provincial and municipal partners are hosting 2 FREE events on Thursday, March 23rd at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

EVENT 1 – Doing Business with Government

Learn how to sell your products or services to the federal, provincial or municipal governments at this morning session.

This Doing Business with Government event brings together representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government to provide assistance to community, small and medium sized enterprises that are interested in doing business with government. You will learn how each level of government does its purchasing, and how to include these groups as your customers!

Thursday, March 23rd
8:30 am to 12:00 pm (Check-in at 8am – includes breakfast)

Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor Hall
1800 North Service Road
Windsor, Ontario

Partners, Programs and Services to be presented from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm:

EVENT 2 – Innovation Information Forum

Discover federal programs that can support the development and commercialization of your innovations at this afternoon session.

The Innovation Information Forums are a series of sessions in a number of Ontario communities that will bring together Government of Canada departments and agencies to present current innovation and commercialization programs. Hear from representatives from federal departments and agencies on how their programs and services support innovation in Canada.

Thursday, March 23rd
1 to 4:30 pm (Check in at 12:30)

Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor Hall
1800 North Service Road
Windsor, Ontario

Partners, Programs and Services: (* presenters are subject to change)

Public Works and Government Services Canada – PSPC
Build in Canada Innovation Program

National Research Council of Canada – NRC IRAP and Concierge Service
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)Concierge Service

Canada Revenue Agency – CRA SR&ED
Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) – Tax Incentive Program

Canadian Intellectual Property Office – CIPO
Intellectual Property – The Basics

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Canada – NSERC 
Industry-Academia Collaborative Grants for Science and Engineering R&D

KELCOM Wireless Symposium

You’re invited to join KELCOM Wireless on March 23, 2017 for their annual Wireless Symposium & Vendor Fair! Speak with leading industry experts, see products demos from KELCOM’s vendors and take advantage of one or more of these FREE learning sessions and presentations!


Dream Payments

Dream Payments provides businesses all across Canada with an affordable and cloud based Mobile Point of Sale solution. With Dream, you can accept Interac® Debit and credit cards and even contactless payments, and with our online reports and analytics, you can manage your business right from your smartphone or tablet.


12:00pm-1:00pm *LUNCH PRESENTATION*


EDGEinternational presents EDGEforms – Changing the way business is being conducted every single day! EDGEforms is finally bringing a simple way of getting information to and from the field faster and with fewer errors. Our solution is not only about moving away from paper forms. It’s about changing your employees work habits! By teaming up with EDGEforms and EDGEinternational, we are not only able to provide an effective electronic conversion of your work documents and forms. We are specialists in understanding and optimizing your mobile worker’s daily workflow. This will lead to increased productivity and streamlining processes that ultimately mean more profits for your business.



Fleet Complete®

Know where your fleet goes, know what your fleet does! Our Fleet Management solutions enables you to track the physical location of your vehicles and mobile workforce in real-time with GPS fleet tracking, helping your company: significantly reduce fuel & insurance costs; improve driver safety; reduce operating & maintenance expenses; decrease your environmental footprint; increase profits and margins



KELCOM™ Two-Way Radios

Get seamless coverage whether you’re on the road or at the office with KELCOM’s TURBO CONNECT Wide-Area Digital Push-To-Talk & GPS Network. The TURBO CONNECT network offers exceptional coverage across Southwestern and Central Ontario, including The Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Windsor-Essex County, Chatham-Kent, London and surrounding areas. Reach and track your workforce instantly, no matter where they are in the coverage zone. Designed to fit your needs and budget, TURBO CONNECT has convenient features like Unlimited Push-to-Talk, and group or on-to-one calling with rugged Motorola Solutions communication tools that are built to last. Get the TURBO TALK app for your smartphone and instantly turn your device into a Push-to-Talk device. Simply push to talk from your smartphone to a radio and vice versa. For seamless operation and convergence, the TURBO TALK app also works on tablets and computers. You can even be heard outside of your radio coverage area as long as you have cellular or Wi-Fi signal.



SOTI MobiControl for Samsung KNOX

Enterprise mobile device management for KNOX-enabled Samsung devices-SOTI is the world’s most trusted leader in enterprise mobility management. SOTI MobiControl is a unified enterprise mobility solution that provides the ability to securely manage mobile devices, applications, content, and email. With MobiControl advanced management and security, enterprises can unleash the power of Samsung KNOX technology to deliver a solution that allows them to optimize the benefits of mobility while ensuring a clear separation between corporate and personal device usage.


Social Enterprise Zone and Pitch Competition at OCE Discovery

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), will host the third Social Enterprise Zone and Pitch Competition at Discovery 2017 on May 15 and 16.

Twenty-four Ontario-based companies will be invited to exhibit their social innovation on the Discovery show floor. This will build broader awareness of the companies that exist in this niche market, provide exposure to potential private investors, and engage the entire innovation ecosystem.

Successful applicants will receive a complimentary 6×8 foot booth, two attendee passes, and travel costs covered if outside the GTA.  This exclusive opportunity gives you access to experts, industry, government funders, investors, engaging keynote speakers, fascinating panel discussions,  networking opportunities and an opportunity for face-to-face meetings with sector experts.

As well, the Pitch Competition will provide a platform for five- eight of the showcase companies to pitch during Discovery for a $25,000 award, including a $10,000 award from MEDG, a $5,000 award from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and a $10,000 legal-services package from Norton Rose Fulbright to assist with the further development of their business. Participation in the Pitch Competition is completely optional. However, we encourage any business applying for the Social Enterprise Zone to consider this incredible opportunity to further expand the development of your company.


We are looking for early and growth stage, Ontario-based social enterprise ventures that meet the following criteria:

  • Incorporated: Canadian Incorporated for-profit, not for-profit or cooperative organizations
  • Revenue: Currently generating revenue with a growth-oriented scalable business model
  • Impact: Demonstrable, measurable social/environmental impact in sectors including, but not limited to, clean technology, health and wellness, education and social technology, food and consumer products and impact real estate
  • Capital: Companies should have raised in the past, or are planning to raise investment capital within the next 6-12 months

Application Process

All Ontario-based companies interested in this exciting opportunity are required to submit an online application form no later than March 24 at 12:00 p.m. Companies applying for the Pitch Competition will fill out a more in-depth  application and must submit a video no longer than two minutes or a PowerPoint (Pitch Deck) presentation. More info can be found in the application.

Companies will be notified by April 7, 2017.


Date Application Steps
March 24, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Online application and pitch video/pitch deck are due
April 7, 2017 Showcase and Pitch Companies notified
May 15, 2017 Pitch Finalists pitch at Social Enterprise Showcase
May 15 and 16, 2017 Showcase companies exhibit at Discovery
May 16, 2017 Pitch Competition Winner is announced at the Discovery luncheon

For Pitch Competition Applicants Only

Pitch Competition – May 15, 2017

Five to eight finalists will participate in a live pitch competition on May 15, 2017 at Discovery.

Finalists will have a maximum of 6 minutes to pitch their innovative product or service of interest to the social enterprise community and panel of judges, followed by a 3-minute question and answer period.

How Funding Works

One winner will be selected and receive an award package valued at $25,000, including $10,000 from MEDG, a $5,000 award from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and a $10,000 legal-services package from Norton Rose Fulbright to assist with further development of their social innovation. The winning company must be willing to sign a contract confirming that they will put the award toward business development.


  • Your video submission must be no longer than two minutes. If you opt to do a PowerPoint pitch deck presentation instead, it should be no longer than 15 slides.
  • You must grant the competition organizers unrestricted use and reproduction rights for any purposes.
  • Video and pitch deck submissions must clearly explain your elevator pitch. Please refer to the questionnaire in the online application form for information to address in your pitch.


  • Your video must be uploaded to YouTube and your online application form submitted by March 24th, no later than 12:00 p.m. If you are submitting a pitch deck, please e-mail it to


The judging panel for the competition will include members of the investment community, leaders in the social innovation community and OCE representatives.

Judging Panel

The Judging Panel will be announced soon.

Terms of Agreement

  • All entries become the property of the contest organizers.
  • Your video must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and must not lead to any cause of action including libel, defamation, privacy violation, contract breach or tort.
  • If necessary you must obtain all necessary permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including, but not limited to, all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in the video submission), necessary to use the video submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the video submission worldwide, by any means. Any and all such permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be attached to the video submission.
  • Each contestant must consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and/or broadcasting of his/her name, address, likeness, and/or prize information, without compensation, in any advertisement, publication or promotion, for general news or other information purposes. Winners must also consent to their photographs being taken by the competition organizers for the same purposes, without further compensation.
  • Each contestant irrevocably and in perpetuity grants the competition organizers, without compensation, the right to use the video submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the video submission worldwide, by any means.