Starting Your Own Business

An entrepreneur is someone who owns their own business. Entrepreneurship can be both rewarding and challenging. There are many opportunities to start a business in Windsor-Essex County. We have many local supports to help you if you are interested in starting your own business.

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  • The Small Business Centre offers small business owners and entrepreneurs many different supports including:

    • Small Business Information
    • Consultations
    • Business Plan Support
    • Access to Professionals
    • Business Resource Centre
    • Research Assistance
    • Workshops/Seminars and Networking Opportunities
  • The Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator was designed to help accelerate the growth of start-up and emerging businesses. They offer office space, business seminars, on-site mentoring and business plan development.
  • The St. Clair Employment Centre offers the Ontario Self Employment Benefit, which helps people who are eligible for Employment Insurance in starting their own business. They offer services including:

    • Information Sessions
    • Business Planning
    • Business Administration Training
    • Business Consulting Assistance
  • EPICentre is hosted by the University of Windsor and offers entrepreneurship classes, workshops, activities, competitions and an internship program.
  • The Essex Community Futures Development Corporation works to keep and create jobs. Through an investment fund, they offer loans to small and medium-sized businesses that can be used for equipment, expansion of product lines, increased working capital, etc.  Businesses must be located in the County (Windsor businesses cannot take part). 
  • WEtech Alliance helps technology companies succeed through offering a variety of programs and services.
  • The Government of Canada has a Business Guide for Newcomers that will provide you with some of the basic requirements for starting your business in Ontario.