Improving Your Digital Presence

Register now – July 9, 2024  12pm-1pm | Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Isabel Turner Gates Training Room

Join us for an engaging event that focuses on helping small businesses harness the full potential of their digital presence by utilizing grants designed to support investments in digital technologies. In this informative session, you’ll gain invaluable insights and practical strategies for optimizing your online footprint while securing the financial assistance you need.

Key Highlights:

  • Understanding the Digital Landscape: Explore the ever-evolving digital landscape and discover digital technologies that can benefit your small business.
  • Crafting Your Digital Roadmap: Develop a tailored digital strategy that aligns seamlessly with your business objectives, ensuring a clear and effective path to success.
  • Navigating Digital Grants: Learn about the various grants and funding options available to propel your digital transformation journey, empowering you to make the most of this financial support.
  • Strengthening Your Online Presence: Gain expert advice on enhancing your website, social media, and online marketing strategies to create a powerful and appealing online identity.
  • Success Stories: Hear from small business owners who have successfully leveraged digital grants to drive growth and innovation, offering real-world inspiration and insights.
  • Interactive Q&A: ask questions and connect with fellow entrepreneurs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of your small business in the digital era. Register today and embark on a journey to maximize your online presence through strategic digital investments and financial support!

Teeny Tiny Summit

Register now – June 5, 2024  9am-4pm | Tweed Kiwanis Dance Pavilion

The Municipality of Tweed is proud to host an upcoming Teeny Tiny Summit on June 5, 2024, at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Village of Tweed. The theme for this years’ Summits is Creating Community Wealth and Well-Being. Come join for an exciting day spent with passionate, like-minded folks, and be inspired and energized!

The keynote speaker and afternoon workshop leader, Peter Kenyon, is a renowned social capitalist and community enthusiast, from Bank of IDEAS in Australia.Over the last four decades he has worked with more than 2000 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, connected, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies.

Peter will be focusing on the four pillars of “What Builds Great Communities” including proactive and shared leadership, fostering a positive mindset for community, economic and environmental wellbeing, healthy community building, and strong economic development behaviors.

You will also be hearing from community developers who have exemplified one or more of these pillars in their Teeny Tiny Community development activities.

Succession Planning for Business Owners: Striking the right balance

Register now  – Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | 11:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. ET – Attend in person at the Globe and Mail Centre or virtually!

Join The Globe and Mail and Richter in Toronto for an exclusive afternoon of networking and discussion with industry leaders on business succession planning.

It is often difficult for entrepreneurs to separate family from business when planning their legacy. With a generation entering retirement in droves and a changing business landscape, these conversations are increasingly top-of-mind for many families and enterprises alike.

 

Join The Globe and Mail in conversation with industry leaders as they explore the common questions that arise when building a succession plan, the psychology behind decision-making and the approaches people can take when considering these matters.

Opening the Door to AI for Small Business

Register now  – April 18, 2024 Virtual Workshop 12pm-1pm

Join Claire Bouvier as she introduces you to how to use AI to boost your business and increase your efficiency!

Ever feel like AI is zooming past while you’re trying to catch up? Wondering what it all means for your business or job amidst this whirlwind of change? You’re definitely not alone. We’re here to turn that uncertainty into understanding, potentially into productivity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll dive into easy-to-understand examples of how businesses like yours are using AI to get ahead. From automating everyday tasks to unlocking new insights about your customers, you’ll see real-world applications that can be put into action. Plus, we’ll debunk some common AI myths, making this tech less “sci-fi” and more “business savvy.”

 

 

 

  • See AI in Action: Real business examples to inspire.
  • Practical Tips: How to start with AI, even on a small budget.
  • Boost Your Bottom Line: Strategies to increase efficiency and revenue with AI.
 

Join Claire and Invest Kingston for a no-stress introduction to AI, and let’s explore how this technology can be your business’s new best friend. Together, we’ll demystify AI and discover how it can make your business not just survive, but thrive.

The A to Z of Getting your Food Product to Market

Register before April 11th, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

Unlock Your Food Business Potential! Join Us for a Day of Insight and Support 

Are you passionate about turning your culinary creations into a thriving business? The City of Kingston, Township of South Frontenac, and dedicated partners are excited to offer you the guidance and resources you need to kickstart your journey in the food production industry.

What: A comprehensive training event for aspiring food entrepreneurs 

When: April 12th, 2024  

Where: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $20

Discover Your Path to Success:

  • Access to three commercial kitchens in Kingston and a hall in South Frontenac
  • Expert guidance on regulations, food safety, and resources
  • Insights into tapping into the local market demand for food products
  • Step-by-step assistance from renting commercial kitchens to product placement

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals with secret family recipes ready to hit the market
  • Those seeking a lucrative side hustle or full-time business opportunity
  • Farmers aiming to diversify their revenue streams
  • Artisans looking to scale up their food production businesses

Meet Your Support Team:

  • Representatives from the City of Kingston, South Frontenac, and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Experts from KFLA Public Health and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Plus, Enjoy:

  • Complimentary lunch
  • Free onsite parking
  • Special dietary accommodations available upon request

Don’t Miss Out! Click Here to Reserve Your Spot Today! For inquiries and dietary restrictions, please contact Amber at abryant-peller@cityofkingston.ca.

Seize this opportunity to turn your culinary passion into a successful business venture!

Enhancing Business Visibility: Trail Signage Program

 Enhance your business presence along the trails!

Join the County’s initiative to boost your business visibility along the K&P Trail and the Cataraqui Trail this spring! Our mission is to facilitate easy navigation for trail users while connecting them with local businesses and villages in Frontenac County through strategically placed wayfinding signs.

Participation in this program operates on a pay-to-play basis, ensuring cost recovery for materials and installation. With your sign purchase, enjoy three years of prominent placement and installation included. Directional arrows are priced at $150, while wayfinding signs are available for $50 per location.

To secure a spot for your business on one or more signs, kindly express your interest before April 19, 2024. Please complete this form, and Debbi will follow up with you.

Agri-Tech Innovation Initiative

 

Intake period closes 11:00am EST Thursday, March 28th, 2024

The purpose of the Agri-Tech Innovation Initiative is to support growth and productivity through innovation, advanced manufacturing, improved food safety and enhanced cyber security, and energy efficiency within the agri-food sector.

The Initiative will be delivered under three streams, as follows:

  • Stream 1 – Agri-Tech Innovation (total Eligible Costs per Project less than $100,000)
  • Stream 2 – Agri-Tech Innovation (total Eligible Costs per Project $100,000 and greater)
  • Stream 3 – Agri-Tech Energy Costs Savings

How to apply

  • Read the Initiative Guidelines here
  • Applicants will apply through the AAC’s Application Portal available online at https://adaptcouncil.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp
  • The intake will close at 11:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • Applications will be reviewed after the intake closes on March 28, not on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Have a question?

ANNOUNCEMENT: Frontenac Business Services 20th Anniversary – Futures Grant

Hello Frontenac!

In honour of our 20th anniversary milestone, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Frontenac Business Services 20th Anniversary – Futures Grant! This initiative is designed to support entrepreneurs and organizations in our community who are dedicated to driving economic development.

Here are the key details:

Eligibility: Applicants must be registered as a business, Municipality, or Not-for-Profit organization within Frontenac County, aligning with our focus on community growth and development.

Grant Amount: Eligible entities may apply for financial contributions of up to $5,000. Alternatively, the entire $20,000 fund can be allocated to a single economic development project with a larger impact. *Project expenditures become eligible after July 1st, 2024.

Focus Areas: The grant supports projects in event organization, expanding existing initiatives, developing recreational and cultural activities, creating tourism products, and more.

How to Apply: Interested parties should submit a 90-second pitch video via email to info@frontenacbusiness.ca by April 1st 2024. For guidance on sending large files, refer to this tutorial on using WeTransfer: WeTransfer How-To

Winners will be announced at the Frontenac Business Services Annual Meeting in June 2024.

Looking for a starting point? Check out the guide below for some inspiration to kick things off!

90 Seconds to Shine:  Pitch Video Guide

Introduction (15 seconds):

  • Briefly introduce yourself and what business or organization you represent.
  • State the project title and purpose of your project or initiative.

 Problem Statement (15 seconds):

  • Clearly articulate the problem or challenge your project aims to address.
  • Highlight the significance and impact of the issue within the community.

 Solution (25 seconds):

  • Concisely explain your proposed solution or project.
  • Highlight how the solution is innovative or unique.
  • Address how the project will contribute to community development and economic growth
  • Quantify the expected benefits, such as job creation, improved infrastructure, or increased local business activity.

 Execution Plan (35 seconds):

  • Outline a brief plan of action, including key milestones and timelines.
  • Mention any partnerships, collaborations, or community involvement in the execution.
  • Provide a high-level overview of the budget including:
    • Your requested grant amount
    • Partnership Contributions:
      • Are there any contributions or matching funds from partners, collaborators, or the community?
    • Timeline of expenditure.

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your ideas to life and contribute to the economic growth of Frontenac County!

Tourism Growth Program in southern Ontario

 

Intake period: Open

Applications are being accepted from November 20, 2023, to February 29, 2024, 8:59 pm eastern time. There is no deadline for Indigenous applicants. Watch for the next intake opening summer 2024.


The Tourism Growth Program (TGP) is a three-year initiative offering $108 million in support through Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs). Aimed at communities, small- and medium-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations, the program focuses on fostering the development of local tourism products and experiences. In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, as well as tourism partners, RDAs ensure the TGP aligns with other industry supports, promotes economic diversification, and contributes to Canada’s overall economic growth. The program is a key component of the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy, which outlines a path for sustained growth, investment, and stability in Canada’s tourism industry.
 

For more information on eligible applicants, eligible activities, financial assistance, and how to apply please visit feddev-ontario.canada.ca

Have questions about the program? Contact FedDev Ontario by email: info@feddevontario.gc.ca or at 1-866-593-5505

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