New website and resources to support Windsor-Essex small businesses

Allow us to introduce you to the new Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (SBEC). We have a new name and branding, but our mission remains the same — offering advisory services, easy access to resources and information, seminars and workshops and a network of mentors. We know this to be the key to success, and success starts here. 

In addition to our new name, a new website has launched to help entrepreneurs and existing small business clients start and grow their businesses in the Windsor-Essex region. This remains at the forefront of what we offer, but now the website is ready to assist with new and improved resources. With the evolving business landscape, SBEC offers comprehensive resources on topics like business law, cybersecurity, wealth management and succession planning. These topics are among the many subjects entrepreneurs are seeking information on, and we are happy to provide these added resources.  

The website also features a robust events calendar, which now includes SBEC and Invest WindsorEssex events along with other training and professional development events hosted by community partners. You will find easy access to webinars from partners such as Digital Main Street, EPICentre, The Accelerator, WEtech Alliance, Genesis Entrepreneurship Centre, and Small Business Centres Ontario, of which SBEC is a member organization. 

With the growing demand for real estate in the Windsor-Essex region, we are proud to introduce the Property Search and Community Data GIS tool for running commercial and industrial property searches for the entire area. Whether you are looking for a storefront in Kingsville or a manufacturing site in Windsor, this tool is provides detailed property listings to help business owners looking for commercial spaces find just the right location. Additionally, the Community Data section of this tool can pinpoint demographic information around available properties and across every municipality in Windsor-Essex. This market research is invaluable for small businesses looking to start and grow their business. Identifying key demographics such as population, gender, age distribution, education attainment, labour force, businesses and jobs for each local municipality will help you make the right location decision.  

Starting or growing a business can be a daunting task, especially if you are unsure where to begin. By using the resources available on the new SBEC website and guidance from our team of advisors, you won’t hesitate with ‘how-to’ any longer. The PDF resource guides are a comprehensive place to start identifying how you can execute your idea and what you need to get there. Guides are available for free download on topics such as: starting a small businesswriting a business plansmall business taxbusiness lawhuman resource law and hiring employees. Complimentary to our business advisory services, these guides aim to help you achieve your vision and find success in entrepreneurship — no matter what stage you’re at with your business. 

This website will reinforce the strength of the small business and entrepreneurship community in Windsor-Essex. Check out the added resources and contact SBEC for any advisory requests or information you need to start your idea!