Jarvis: The true test of entrepreneurship

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Windsor Star/Anne Jarvis


Two years ago, the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator asked city council for $90,000 to expand. 

Councillors refused.

It was the third time the accelerator, which helps new businesses launch, asked council for money. And it was the third time councillors, who give the Detroit Grand Prix $50,000 every year, refused.

Their numbers “look great, but I have no verification,” Coun. Paul Borrelli said in a spectacular snub. “I’m very suspect about what’s being done. I feel something’s lacking. Where is their resourcefulness?”

Now, the accelerator, which rents a former bingo hall on Ouellette Avenue, hopes to purchase a cool, heritage building, the former Purity Dairies on Howard Avenue, built in 1929 and featuring a distinctive copper turret, 16-foot high ceilings and exposed steel beams.


In addition to cheap offices, fast Internet, 3D printers and meeting rooms, the accelerator hopes to offer arts and food incubators, a coffee shop and staged events. But the real value remains the ideas, energy and passion of the people pursuing their dreams.

“We need a place that brings together people who want to share ideas,” said managing director Arthur Barbut. [Read More]