Special Populations

The following groups may sometimes find that their experience in starting a business differs from that of the “Average Joe”. The following links provide resources for Newcomers; Youth; and Home-Based Business Owners.


 Many Newcomers to Canada choose to start their own businesses. There are organizations; locally, provincially and federally that will provide information and advice to assist Newcomers with business endeavors. The following resources will point you in the right direction.

On the Web:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Information for those immigrating to Canada for entrepreneurship purposes

Canada Business – This government website provides information on all aspects of starting a business in Canada.

Canada Business Ontario – Provides popular business information in several languages.

Business Immigration Ontario – This site from the provincial government provides information for business immigrants to the province.

At the Library:

Searching our Catalogue by subject will help you find information about all aspects of small business.

WPL provides access to computers with Internet and a free wireless connection. You’ll just need your library card and PIN number.

Books are available at Windsor Public Library in a variety of languages.

Settlement workers are available to assist you through our Library Settlement Partnership Program.

In the Community:




The following page provides information and resources just for youth wishing to start a business.

On the Web:

Canadian Youth Business Foundation – A national non-profit that provides coaching, business resources and start-up financing for youth entrepreneurs ages 18-34.

Enactus Canada – A national non-profit which provides experience-based opportunities in entrepreneurship for University and College students.

Summer Company Program – Administered locally by the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, the program provides funding opportunities for youth ages 15-29 to start and run their own summer company.

At the Library:

Search the catalogue by subject – Business and Industry

Search our databases for articles about entrepreneurship for youth.

The Service Ontario Services to Business Guide includes information for youth wishing to start their own business.

WindsorPublic Library provides free access to computers with internet and wireless service. All you need is your library card and PIN number.

In the Community:

Windsor Essex Small Business Centre

Centre for Business Advancement and Research 



 Are you looking to start a business from your home? Many just starting out choose this route. There are many resources available just for you! The information and links below can assist you in your endeavors.

On the Web:

Canada Business – Provides government information about starting your own business from home.

About.com: Home-Based Businesses – Large list of informative links for those wishing to start a home-based business.

Entrepreneur.com – Home-Based Business – Articles, tips and links for home-based businesses from Entrepreneur Magazine.

At the Library:

Search the Library catalogue for books, ebooks or audiobooks using the terms,
“home-based” AND “business”.

Don’t forget you can access our databases, Overdrive.
Read the Service Ontario to Services to Business Guide

In the Community:

Contact the following agencies for advice on starting a home based business.