Professional Advice and Assistance

Invest WindsorEssex works one-on-one with you to ensure that you’re equipped with the right skills and strategies to help strengthen your business and support our economy’s retention and expansion.

Professional advice

Our experts can meet with you to share their business development experience and professional advice, whether you’re starting a business or planning to support the growth of our region.

Our Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre provides professional advice and resources from concept, through start-up to the early growth states of business development.

Your responsibility as a business owner is to follow general business practices. We can provide you with resources and advice to ensure you’re offering value to your customers, taking charge with your accountability and governance, and operating with integrity. We encourage best practices that help transform different areas of your business including:

  • Management
  • People management
  • Business operations
  • Sales and marketing
  • Innovation

You’ll benefit from many outcomes such as strengthened competitiveness in your market, increased sales, reduced costs and more effective work for business success.

Are you interested in growing your business? Whether you’re looking to gain more employees, enter new markets or expand your product or service line, we can help you build a sustainable business expansion plan to help enhance your business prospects and reach your goals. We’ll work together from concept to execution to identify your current assets and strengths, project future profitability and costs, and identify your roadmap to success. Learn more about our business expansion and networking to understand the ecosystem and how it works.

With our unparalleled market access, we can help your business thrive in the global market. We help you recognize all of Windsor-Essex’s international opportunities, while providing assistance to build your multi-national branch planning from recommended business audits and competitive analysis, to a new marketing strategy, localized infrastructure plan, top-down budget and timelines to achieve your objectives. Learn more about our incentives and foreign trade programs to get you started.

Invest Windsor-Essex is a multimodal centre that offers a wealth of opportunities if you are looking to export your goods and services from the Region. View our incentives and foreign trade programs to for more information. We provide links to the most up-to-date information so you can ensure your business is meeting regulations and optimizing your exporting opportunities.

Grants and funding

Visit the Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder to find the right programs and services whether you are starting out or scaling up. You can also reference the region’s Employer Support Program Matrix for current grants, programs and funding streams available.

Assistance to connect and network

We have built a strong rapport with businesses all across the Ontario and Canada to connect you with the right people and expertise to help your business succeed. We help you:

  • Connect and develop business to business match-making services through the Key Sector Database
  • Identify and connect you with potential funders
  • Help businesses network with partners and allies 
  • Assist businesses to cut through red tape by providing resources with connections to the decision makers
  • Find links to educational and training resources to meet your needs  

Data insights

Our business intel gives you insights into all of our industries and markets so you can stay on top of trends and increase your awareness of the business world around you. Discover our latest finds:

Use this knowledge to improve your business operations, better position your business, forecast changes and innovations and most importantly, be prepared for the future.