A Growing Business

This week has proved to be our most eventful thus far as a potential location has required us to delve deeper into the logistics of starting a business. After speaking with the building owner of 30 University Avenue, we were advised to further our knowledge of how to run a business. We looked into specific details on running a cafe, such as: acquisition of money, regulations for building codes, and garbage removal. Our location, right across the street from the Armouries building, is seen in the picture below. (We have not yet met with Mr. Rivard to take a tour of the space, which will be our priority for the upcoming week.)

The group had established a basic business plan which will be developed further. The proposal includes company goals and objectives, long term plans and assessments, and the inclusion of brief numbers and figures. This plan will become a fundamental contract in operating this business with critical analysis of underlying aspects of our project. This will hopefully show Mr. Rivard (landlord) that our group is enthusiastic about making this idea into a cornerstone green business for the downtown Windsor core.

We have also begun to explore the issue of garbage and recycling. The unique location of the site, within the confines of two other businesses, means space for disposal is narrow and nearly nonexistent. Below is the rear entrance of the location, with lines indicating what land we are entitled to use for waste removal.

With midterm presentations approaching, we focussed on the preparation for this event. A prezi has been prepared, and we have been meeting to organize required material and layout.

We hope to make significant progress in the upcoming week, including: following up with Mr. Rivard, beginning design of renovations, and gaining a tour of the space.


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A Hopeful Target


After gaining feedback on our progess, we continued forward with detailing our project proposal in support of the Chatham Parkette. We have taken advice on redesigning our logo and would like to share below:

Taking a look around our site’s borders, we formed an interest in expanding our boundaries, specifically to the adjacent vacant building. Converting this space into a café/lounge would define the “Green Room” ideal in our efforts of bringing existance back into the green space, where its function as an exterior seating area would compliment our interior proposition.


Above: the building we hope to obtain for our Green Room in its current state.


A schedule has been made and assigning of individual tasks has begun in an effort of finalizing our goal for the semester. Focusing on funding, design, and community involvement, we anticipate to leave a lasting impression within Windsor’s downtown area.

We have realized just how important our communication with business owners and the community will be in making our project a success. Since our idea is entirely based on a building we do not have the means to rent, as well as on the participation of those within the surrounding area who we cannot offer any monetary means, we are forced to address this issue in the form of creating a presentation document for ourselves. We will individually compile a document with our backgrounds, aims, and dedication to this project as a way of introducing ourselves and showing people in the community how dedicated we are to making this project successful.

Currently all our hopes lay on our interaction with the building owner of this location, we hope to deliver good news in the coming week and be able to make rapid progress from there!

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