The EPIC Nimble Program is yet again set to help Windsor-Essex small businesses find creative and innovative ways to pivot. Monday, July 5th marks the start of the second cohort of the program, welcoming three small businesses from the community. Through support from FedDev Ontario’s Community Economic Development and Diversification stream, these businesses will have access to up to $3,000 in funds to cover the cost of their project.
The interest among the community was strong again, showing how important this support can be to small businesses that have struggled to find their way during the pandemic. From the 22 applications received, three were selected by the committee to undertake their project.
The 2021 Nimble Program cohort:
These small enterprises will work with EPICentre mentors and advisors, as well as other businesses in the community over the next six months to complete their projects. All in an effort to find new and better ways to run their businesses, find new revenue streams, and be able to weather economic turbulence in the future.
“The EPIC Nimble Program is all about breaking out of the mould for these Windsor companies. The admissions panel had their work cut out for them, as it was clear that these businesses really thought outside the box with their project proposals,” said Program Lead Paul Brereton. “Helping small businesses innovate doesn’t just help that business. It pushes their competitors to try and keep up. That has a trickle-down effect that benefits employment, students, and consumers alike.”
To learn more about the EPIC Nimble Program here: https://www.epicentreuwindsor.ca/epic-nimble-program/