Who We Are, What We Do

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit organization supported by the Town of Amherstburg, Town of Essex, Town of Kingsville, Town of Lakeshore, Town of LaSalle, Municipality of Leamington, Pelee Island, Town of Tecumseh, and the City of Windsor. It is responsible for advancing economic development to grow and sustain prosperity in the region. The focus of the organization is to develop and execute strategies to retain, expand, attract and help new businesses start up in the Windsor-Essex region. The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is led by a board of distinguished community leaders. A team of professional staff will assist you with all your location and investment decisions by working one-on-one with businesses, to facilitate the process of starting, growing or locating in Windsor-Essex.

Business Development Services

Business Retention & Expansion

Information & Assistance
  • Market research data, economic trends and data
  • Networking opportunities, education, seminars/workshops relevant to local businesses
  • Information on available government funding and services 
  • Site selection data
  • Most up-to-date and relevant information available on the Windsor-Essex region
Professional Advice 
  • General business practices 
  • Expansion planning
  • Multi-national branch planning 
  • Links to the most up-to-date information on exporting
  • Connect and develop business to business match-making services through the buywindsoressex.com database
  • Connections with the right people and expertise to help businesses succeed
  • Assist businesses to cut through red tape by providing resources with connections to the decision makers
  • Identify and connect you with potential funders
  • Help businesses network with partners and allies 
  • Links to educational and training resources to meet your needs  

Business Attraction

  • Assist national and international companies to locate in the Windsor-Essex region
  • Assist with investment analysis
  • Provide intel such as workforce data, staffing considerations
  • Assist with site selection 
  • Share in-depth knowledge of operating a business in Ontario and Canada
  • Provide information and identify solutions to enhance business prospects
  • Leverage our community and business relationships to provide investors with guidance and support before and after the decision to invest in the Windsor-Essex region

WindsorEssex Small Business Centre

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. SBC operates as a department of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.  Belonging to a network of offices that serve Ontario's small business community, SBC is your local source for small business support services. SBC offers two locations in Windsor and a satellite office in Essex. For more information, visit http://windsoressexsmallbusiness.com/

Support / Services

  • Complimentary small business information
  • Advice and consultation
  • Business plan support
  • Access to professionals
  • Research Assistance
  • Business development workshops and seminars
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Provides support and professional advice on starting, operating and expanding a business   
  • Guidance on registering a business and information on government requirements and programs

Institute for Border Security and Logistics (IBLS)

One-of-a-kind institute to assist entrepreneurs and small-and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to work with academia, economic development associations and governments to solve problems, promote opportunities and facilitate trade and logistics efficiently, safely and securely across international borders. For more information, visit: IBLSCanada.com
Activities focused in three key areas:
Business Services and Support
  • Providing entrepreneurs and SMEs with tailored and timely services (such as mentoring, planning, concierge services) to assist in solving practical cross-border issues
Business Development
  • Encouraging SMEs to develop and adopt new technology, services and products related to border logistics and border security
Partnerships Leveraged
  • Working with others to enhance coordination to provide timely and practical information to entrepreneurs and SMEs, including tools for boarder readiness

Marketing & Communications

In addition to supporting the departments and programs listed above, the marketing department of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation supports regional Economic Development and Communication officials to promote the Windsor-Essex region on a national and international basis as a preferred location for business starts, expansion and relocation.