E$$ex Centre Downtown Dollar$

About the Program

The Essex Centre BIA’s E$$ex Centre Downtown Dollar$ program promotes shopping locally around the holiday season. Patrons will have the option to purchase $10 and $25 vouchers, up to a $500 limit per person, at a 15% discount at the Essex Libro Credit Union branch. The Essex Centre BIA covers the cost difference.  There is also a $500 in voucher limit per transaction.

The vouchers will be usable at participating Essex Centre businesses, and will expire on February 28, 2020.  Businesses will have to return the vouchers they have collected to the Essex Libro Credit Union Branch by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020.

How to get Vouchers

The Essex Centre BIA’s E$$ex Centre Downtown Dollar$ program is being held at the Essex Libro branch this year.

Voucher sales will begin on November 12, 2019. They will remain on sale until sold out or until December 24, 2019; whichever comes first.

2019 Business Participants

  1. 2 Waves Beauty Bar
  2. A&A Flooring
  3. Accurate Creations
  4. Armando’s Pizza
  5. Arts by Ash
  6. Beau’s Autoeverything
  7. Bei Capelli
  8. Brenko’s House of Pizza
  9. Capri Pizza
  10. Chochi’s Pizza
  11. Crafty Candles
  12. D B Automotive
  13. Deluxe Restaurant
  14. Earthly Elements Home & Garden Décor
  15. Eh Little Bit Of
  16. Essex Animal Hospital
  17. Essex Chiropractic, Rehabilitation & Massage
  18. Essex Feed Warehouse
  19. Essex Flower Basket
  20. Essex Home Hardware Building Centre
  21. Essex Optometric Clinic
  22. Essex Stained Glass
  23. Foodland
  24. Gyros & More
  25. Hair Sense Studio
  26. Jeff Smith’s County Chevrolet
  27. Just Plus of Essex
  28. Ken Knapp Ford
  29. Mama’s Place Italian Restaurant
  30. Olde School Deli & Café
  31. Out of the Klozet
  32. Pure Nature Nutrition Centres
  33. REC Health & Fitness
  34. Rock-A-Bye Baby Boutique
  35. Rose’s Kitchen
  36. Sarah’s Hair, Nails, Waxing
  37. Schinkels’ Meat Market
  38. Short Cuts Hair Salon
  39. Society Shoppe of the St. Vincent de Paul
  40. Soft Suds Car Wash
  41. Southland Travel
  42. Stationery & Stuff (starting November 16)
  43. Stepping Out Fashion Boutique
  44. Suchiu Art
  45. Sunsations Tanning & Resort Wear
  46. Talbot Street Animal Hospital
  47. Talbot Trail Day Spa
  48. The Little House of Cupcakes and More
  49. The Organic Juicery
  50. The Polished Parlour
  51. Valvoline Express Care
  52. WP Web & Print Boutique

*Download the 2019 E$$ex Centre Downtown Dollar$ participating business list here: 2019 ECDD participants

Win this Space Essex Winner Announced

On the evening of January 10, 2020, the Essex Centre BIA, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, Libro Credit Union, and the Town of Essex hosted the Win this Space Essex Celebration at the Essex Railway Station to announce the contest winner is…

Dan DesRosiers with his business Emerson Supply Co.

This business will provide a one-stop shop for waste reduction essentials. It will feature reusable alternatives to single-use and plastic items throughout the home, as well as natural alternatives to common household items. It will also offer a place for shoppers to refill their own containers with a number of cleaning and personal care products.

Dan also makes a line of simply designed household items made with locally sourced woods and naturally derived materials and finishes.

He hopes to open on February 29 in Essex Centre.

Congrats, Dan! We look forward to watching your business grow and flourish in our neighbourhood.

Through the contest, Dan won a grant of up to $1000 a month for one year to put towards the lease of a pre-approved Essex Centre storefront, from the Libro Prosperity Fund, and a $5,000 WindsorEssex Small Business Centre Starter Company Plus Grant.

Many thanks go out to our partners on this contest, which worked diligently to ensure the outcome was the best it could be.

We would also like to thank everyone who submitted an application. We wish you all the best and can’t wait to see what you do with the business plans you started through this competition with the guidance of the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

About the Program

On Monday, October 21, 2019, in recognition of Small Business Week, the Essex Centre BIA officially launched its “Win this Space Essex” contest along with its esteemed partners, Libro Credit Union, the Town of Essex, and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

Entrepreneurs with a great business idea are invited to submit a preliminary application between today and 10 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Contest judges, from the community, will assess the applications and will select 10 ideas to move forward in the contest. These second round contestants will take part in a Business Training Series that the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will provide, and will later present their business plans to the judges.

The top three finalists will present their final business plans at a public event to be held in January of 2020, where the winner will be announced.

The contest winner will receive:

  1. A grant of up to $1000 a month for one year to put towards the lease of a pre-approved

Essex Centre storefront, from the Libro Prosperity Fund.

  1. A $5,000 WindsorEssex Small Business Centre Starter Company Plus Grant.

In addition, the other nine finalists will be able to use what they learn through the Business Training Series to help them succeed in their business outside the program.

“It isn’t enough to have an idea and open your business. Entrepreneurs need practical business knowledge in order to start and grow. Business planning is essential to the success of any new business and we are pleased to provide this support,” Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director of the Small Business Centre, said.

“We are very excited to offer this program, which will only add to the Essex Centre business district and help create strong business-owners,” Terri Grondin-Sweet said, who is the Chairperson of the Essex Centre BIA. “We are proud of the partnerships we formed to offer this contest and look forward to hearing the great ideas that will be submitted.”

The “Win this Space Essex” contest was made possible through a Libro Prosperity Fund grant, and through partnerships between the Essex Centre BIA, the Town of Essex, and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.


Monday, October 21: Announcement of program & contest rules during Small Business Week.
Friday, November 8: Preliminary applications due at 10 am.
Friday, November 8: Judges decide which applications can move onto Business Training Series.
Monday, November 18-22: Windsor Essex Small Business Centre Business Training Series
November 18-December 18: Second-round applicants will be required to work on business plans and show proof of $5,000 minimum personal investment to the business.
Wednesday, December 18: Second-round finalists present plans to judges during private event.
Friday, December 20: Top three announced
Friday, January 10: Final three will present business plans live at public event. Winner will be announced.

*Dates are subject to change*

Click this link to Download the Win This Space Essex Agreement Form And Contest Rules

    Community Improvement Program

    About the Program

    The Essex Centre Community Improvement Program (CIP) is a municipal grant incentive program designed to help property owners, developers, and investors to revitalize, beautify, and rehabilitate their facilities and further benefit the prosperity of Essex Centre’s commercial district.

    The Essex Centre CIP has two main components; the Development Grant program and the Revitalization Grant program.

    Development Grant: includes programs that provide a grant when administering work that requires permits, development charges, and for tax increments. This component also offers a Parks Levy Equivalent grant program.

    Revitalization Grant: includes programs that offer businesses an opportunity to make physical improvements to their facilities, such as façade enhancements and repairs to their facility’s front, rear, or side.

    Other programs offered include the Outdoor Café, Patio, and Commercial grant program and the Architectural Design Services. The Conversion and Rehabilitation program helps property owners convert above ground floor commercial space to new and affordable rental units, hotel rooms, or a bed and breakfast.

    The Town also has a $2000 non-repayable Mini Grant program for minor building facade rehabilitation and maintenance initiatives to refresh an existing façade.

    How to Apply

    Contact Essex’s Planner, Rita Jabbour, at 776-7336, ex. 1112 to learn more. Staff can highlight what can be available to you, criteria that needs to be met, and the process that needs to be followed in order to submit a successful application. Or, for more information, visit https://www.essex.ca/en/build/communityimprovementplans.aspx?_mid_=3933

    How To Find Us

    From London and Toronto, drive west on Highway 401 until you reach exit 28 for Puce Road/County Road 25. Turn left onto Puce Road and follow the paved road to County Road 46. Take the first right onto County Road 46, then the first left onto Naylor Sideroad/County road 23.  At the roundabout, take the Maidstone or Fairview Exit into Essex Centre.

    From The Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, take Huron Church road to the Highway 3 exit to Leamington. Stay on Highway 3 until you see the sign for Essex at County Road 8. Turn left.