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Biz X Was There – 3rd Annual Small Biz Expo

Biz X Was There - 3rd Annual Small Biz Expo

Photo: Ricki and Mark Broad, Owners at Behind The Wood: Bar Store and Flair Studio, located at 515 Ouellette Avenue in Windsor.

3rd Annual Small Biz Expo

In light of October’s recognition of Small Business Month, The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC) hosted the “3rd Annual Small Biz Expo” in order to celebrate these outstanding small businesses.

On October 18 from 5-9p.m. at 2175 Parent Avenue, Giovanni Caboto Club in Windsor, welcomed over 500 guests to the expo at no cost for admission.

With over 75 small businesses in attendance at last night’s expo, this was an opportunity for businesses to sell their services and products directly and connect with Windsor-Essex residents on a comfortable level.

A complete list of vendors is mentioned in the document below.

This year’s Small Biz Expo exceeded our expectations and demonstrates the public’s desire to shop local and support small businesses,” says Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre. “It’s nice to know we are able to foster the public exposure and environment that our local entrepreneurs need to succeed with this year’s Small Biz Expo.”

Vendors ranged from food and drink, beauty and wellness, artisans and B2B lounges. This one-stop shop event gave residents a free inside view of what the local businesses have to offer and network and learn more about local businesses.

With live demonstrations by Windsor Circus School and Chaykit Bellydance and Fitness, those in attendance were able to not only watch but learn from professionals and have a taste of their product in a learning environment.

Since 1992, the SBC has provided thousands with training and the basic essentials they need in order to succeed in the business world. From starting up a business to developing skills, the SBC also provides workshops and programs to help aid those in need of more assistance with their business.

According to Statistics Canada, (Canadian Business Patterns, June 2017) there are over 28,925 businesses operating in Windsor- Essex that create jobs,” says Stephen MacKenzie, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation. “Small business is truly the back-bone of the economy in our Region and we need to celebrate and recognize entrepreneurs at every opportunity.”

For more details on the SBC, please visit online.

FOOD & DRINK
Ani & Fabi  – Mr. D’s Produce – Cedar Valley Selections – Old Dutch Guys – Behind the Wood – Papa D’s Hot Sawce – Forgot the Flour – Pelee Island Winery – FRANK Brewing Co. – Red Lantern Coffee Co – H&F Foods – Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co – I LUV Coffee – Simon Steeps – Klueless Cupcakes – Sweet Revenge Bakeshop – La Belle Fine Foods & Bakery – The Fruit Wagon – Licia Ruby Food Co. – The Humble Crumb – Little Foot Foods – Walkerville Brewery 

BEAUTY & WELLNESS
Absolute Chiropractic Wellness Centre – Little India – Active Chiropractic – Mind Power Programs – Benthic Scuba & Snorkel Centre – My Choice Natural – Chaykit Bellydance & Fitness – Ocean Bottom Soap Company – Coconut Goddess Body Care – Optimal Chiropractic – Elevation Health – Tecumseh Pink Sky Body Sugar – Heal ‘n Sole – The On-Purpose Lady – H’OM Wellness Centre – Windsor Circus School – John Sullivan Counselling  – Windsor Power Group – La Rose Laser & Spa

ARTISANS
Assitara Pieces of Comfort – BB Branded – Printable Canada – Bonzai Gifts by Pet Nanny – RARE Apparel – Corporal4Life Apparel – REMA Baskets – Dave’s Woodworking – Revolution IP – First Stop Services – River Rock Pottery – Fyne Things – Royal and Rose Boutique – Glitterfly Entertainment – Sinkevitch Art Studio – JWaters Design – The Balloon Fairy – Leslie Allen Art – Urban Art Market – Life’s A Stitch Embroidery – Windermere Art Gallery – Lindasboutik W- itch and Whimsy

B2B LOUNGE
AIM Social Media Marketing – KELCOM Wireless – BDC Libro Credit Union (Sponsor) – Biz X magazine – MLP Technologies – Blab Media – Security One – Itworkshop.ca – Sunlife Financial

Photos by Chelsea Girard – Biz X magazine