Event Attendees pose in front of The Accelerator’s new signageT he Windsor Business Accelerator celebrates nine years in the community with donor wall in Windsor, Ont. on Friday, Oct. 16 2020. (Chris Campbell/CTV Windsor)

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WINDSOR, ONT. -- The Windsor Business Accelerator is celebrating nine years in the community.

Business leaders, volunteers and many start-up entrepreneurs were on hand today to unveil a new donor wall.

Christopher Pressey, Accelerator President Addresses Event AttendeesDowntown Windsor Business Accelerator president Chris Pressey speaks to guests, coworkers, and members of the media during a Thank You event Friday. PHOTO BY NICK BRANCACCIO/Windsor Star

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The Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator unveiled a wall dedicated to donors, mentors and investors Friday during a ceremony thanking supporters.

“It has been an incredible journey and we would not be here without the support and belief of our members, graduates, investors, mentors, volunteers and organizational partners,” said CEO Arthur Barbut.

Asaph KaylaA rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge proposed between Windsor and Detroit. (Courtesy Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority)

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WINDSOR, ONT. -- A new business development program is now available for Sandwich area businesses and entrepreneurs due to funding through the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan.

Asaph KaylaAsaph Maurer and partner Kayla Reid in The Art Incubator

Painter Asaph Maurer Launches Mentorship Program

Aspiring artists will now have a place to get their professional careers off the ground. Accelerator member Asaph Maurer has seen to that. Together with his partner Kayla Reid, he’s launched The Art Incubator, which opens September 14, 2020.

Cookup co FoundersCOOK-UP Inc co-founders Delna Buhariwalla and Trishauna Linton with COOK-UP Launch Coach Trevor Ramieri outside The Accelerator. Photo by Accelerator Member Mychailo Kovaliv

Accelerator members Delna Buhariwalla and Trishauna Linton are recipients of non-repayable funding through the Investment Readiness Program (IRP). Their business, COOK-UP Inc, is one of 10 social purpose organizations to receive the grant on Wednesday, August 19.

Arthur Barbut at Windsor Business Accelerator Tuesday. Barbut is a business optimist, believing Windsor has what it takes to spawn the next Google or Microsoft. NICK BRANCACCIO / Windsor Star

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Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator CEO Arthur Barbut said the societal changes created by the COVID-19 pandemic are creating opportunities for the area to shed its reputation as one of the least entrepreneurial regions in the province.

Derin Yilmaz, a Grade 12 student at Assumption high school, poses for a professional portrait taken by his classmate Evan Piatkowski, left, during 6th Annual High School Entrepreneurship Summit held at The Accelerator Wednesday. NICK BRANCACCIO / WINDSOR STAR

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A future wave of young entrepreneurs got to see  Wednesday how other like-minded people turned hopes and dreams into working enterprises.

Almost 150 high school business students from the public, Catholic and French-language boards took part in the 6th annual High School Entrepreneurship Summit held at the Accelerator.

“We’re really lucky,” Assumption student Deepashika Senaratne said as her group worked its way through six different workshops. “It is so interesting to see the theories we learn in class actually play out in real life. To hear the terminology being used, it’s so amazing.”


Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rakesh Naidu, right, is shown Oct. 18, 2019, with Downtown Accelerator CEO Arthur Barbut during the announcement of a new partnership focused on supporting small businesses and start-ups in Windsor and Essex County. DAX MELMER / WINDSOR STAR

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Highlighting the important contributions of small businesses across the province, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign Monday called Small Business Too Big to Ignore.

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The Downtown Accelerator is helping Windsor’s economy by training, teaching and investing in one entrepreneur at a time. 

In 2011, the Accelerator was created to fund the growth of local businesses. As of 2018, it had an economic impact of $20 million according to a report on the Accelerator’s website. An eclectic array of businesses here includes: a Libro Credit Union branch, Bam Bam’s Boxing Club and Fitness, an Invisalign Braces office, a woodworking shop and an art studio.