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 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

Have questions about the program? Contact FedDev Ontario by email: or at 1-866-593-5505

Canada Summer Jobs Wage Subsidy


Application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is now open

 Application Period: November 21, 2023, to January 10, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Who Can Apply: The CSJ program welcomes applications from a diverse range of employers, including not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees. 

What This Program Offers: Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) provides wage subsidies to eligible employers, facilitating the creation of quality summer work experiences for young people. By participating in the program, employers not only support the professional development of youth but also benefit from the fresh perspectives and enthusiasm they bring to the workplace.

Key Highlights:

  • Wage subsidies to ease the financial burden on employers.
  • Creation of meaningful summer job opportunities for individuals aged 15 to 30.
  • Enhancement of workplace diversity and innovation.
  • Strengthening community connections and social responsibility.

How to Apply: To apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program, please visit the Government of Canada’s website and for more information about the application process. Ensure your application is submitted by January 10, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to be considered for this year’s program.

Holiday Drop-in


Warm Season’s Greetings to our wonderful community,

 The team at Frontenac Business Services is thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to our festive Open House, taking place on Wednesday, December 6th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

 We hold this community close to our hearts, and what better way to celebrate the season than by coming together? Our Open House is a perfect opportunity to connect with fellow business owners, colleagues, and County of Frontenac Ambassadors, all while savoring a delightful glass of eggnog. Let’s celebrate the incredible community we all cherish and call home. Expect light refreshments that will delight your taste buds. To ensure we have enough treats for everyone, we kindly request that you RSVP here. We’re counting down the days until we can celebrate with you at this joyous gathering, where we’ll join together to make this season brighter and more festive.

FedDev Ontario New Application Process

FedDev Ontario launched a new, easy-to-use application intake process. Applications will be accepted three times a year with a current intake of Sept 12th to Nov 7th.

The Agency will continue to prioritize projects that create new opportunities for underrepresented groups and promote growth across urban centres and small and rural communities alike, with a focus on the priority areas below:

  • Clean economic growth – projects that support the greening of the economy, that can contribute to emissions reductions, and that create sustainable jobs
  • Growth companies – projects that accelerate innovative scale-up
  • Technology – projects led by high-potential firms in cutting-edge sectors (e.g., artificial intelligence, life sciences, and digital technologies)
  • Industrial transition – projects that support change in traditional sectors, develop new sectors, and ensure there are opportunities for years to come

FedDev Ontario officials are holding a series of virtual information sessions to walk you through the new application process and to answer any questions you may have.  For more information, visit

Welcome Home to Wellness – South Frontenac Holistic Health Fair

Come join in on the inaugural South Frontenac Holistic Health Fair: Welcome Home to Wellness 10-3, Sat Sep 23 2023 at Harrowsmith Centennial Park at 4500 Centennial Park Road, South Frontenac, ON.

Our fair offers a variety of activities including Qigong, Yoga and interesting workshops from natural health practitioners that live and work in South Frontenac. Come and learn about natural and alternative therapies that can improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being such as Reiki, Holistic Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Herbology, Massage, Homeopathy, Energy Medicine, Movement, Acupuncture and much more from the experts in your local community.

We welcome everyone who is interested in exploring the world of natural and alternative health and wellness. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you’ll find something to inspire and empower you at our fair. So mark your calendar and get ready to be Welcomed Home to Wellness!

Be one of the first 50 to pre-register at EventBrite and we’ll have a gift bag with your name on it at the entry desk to show our gratitude!

If you don’t make the first 50, don’t despair, your pre-registration is also a ballot for a draw prize!

Grants for Small Business: Elevate Your Digital Presence

Learn more about the Digital Transformation Grant ($2500) and Canada Digital Adoption Program ($2400) available for Ontario businesses. We will go over the requirements, eligible expenses, and documents you need to be successful in each program.

Moreover, we will be offering full assistance to businesses that want to complete their grant application on-site, make sure to have the documents handy to speed up the process. See below for the required documents for each grant.

Digital Transformation Grant ($2500) – must have a physical location and provide:

• Proof of incorporation/registration or business license

• Commercial tax bill – If you own the space, please also have the property tax bill.

• Photo of the inside and outside of the location with the signage.

Canada Digital Adoption ($2400) – must have an employee on payroll OR a minimum of 30K in revenue in the last tax year.

• Proof of incorporation/registration or business license

• Proof that you have employees (T4 of one of them or the PD7A document) OR proof of the 30K in revenue in the last tax year (notice of assessment)

Empower your success with our guidance!

Register Here:

Webinar: How to Start, Grow & Profit on Amazon


Do you feel lost when it comes to what products to sell? Do you feel overwhelmed with too much information online? Do you not know where to start with Amazon? Are you stuck and can’t scale your current Amazon store? If any of these sound like you, you are not alone! Join South Lake Community Futures, as Cheryl Marcinek gives you all the information you need to get started selling on Amazon.

Please join us virtually in our first webinar in our Seminar Series for an introduction to your complete guide to building a massive sales empire on Amazon. Join us for a step-by-step blueprint for making a six-figure income. Not many people are teaching the proven strategies for Canadian sellers on Amazon. Canadians, have a unique set of rules we need to follow when it comes to selling on the platform.

In this introductory seminar, we will:

1) Learn the best practices that are specific to Canadian Amazon vendors

2) Discuss how to create a bulletproof business plan using a proven model for your products.

3) Show you how to execute what you’ve learned

Join us at South Lake Community Futures, as Cheryl Marcinek gives you everything you need to avoid failure.

Cheryl Marcinek, an FBA Coach & Consultant, a full-time mom and a full-time entrepreneur. She has a number of years of experience as recognized Amazon Canadian Coach, $1Million + in Amazon sales, as well as over 200 – 5 Star student reviews from entrepreneurs just like you!

From Cheryl: “I now have a fantastic opportunity of helping people to build their businesses & fulfill their dreams of being financially stable. I value all my clients & I take great pride in their progress & success.”

Join The Canadian Amazon Seller Takeover!

**Feel free to check out our socials for more information: South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation

Links to Register:

Tourism Development Fund (TDF)

Apply for funding

Status: Open

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport


You must submit your application by Thursday, September 14, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. ET.


The Tourism Development Fund Program is a cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that:

  • encourages the development of innovative new tourism products
  • supports tourism investment
  • builds the capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry to foster new tourism investments

The Tourism Development Fund Program aims to support projects that will increase tourist visitation and visitor spending in Ontario by:

  • developing innovative tourism products and experiences
  • increasing domestic and/or foreign private sector tourism investment
  • strengthening the skills, resources and abilities of the tourism industry to attract or support new tourism investments


Eligible organizations

  • municipalities and destination marketing organizations (regional tourism organizations are not eligible)
  • Indigenous organizations
  • not-for-profit organizations (with a clearly defined tourism focus)
  • for-profit tourism organizations
  • for-profit tourism businesses

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Tourism Development Fund program you must:

  • have consulted with staff at the Investment and Development Office or the Regional Development Advisor to confirm project and expense eligibility
  • be Ontario based, incorporated or legislated entities, in existence for a minimum of three years or more as of the date of application deadline. This includes those that are established by or under legislation; are federally or provincially incorporated; or are band councils as defined under the Indian Act
  • have a Canadian bank account in the legal name of the applying organization, at a Canadian financial institution conducting business in Ontario
  • not be in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario
  • be able to begin your project within 60 days of notification to ensure performance metrics will be met

If successful, you will enter into a Transfer Payment Agreement (TPA) with the province. As part of the TPA, the organization that applies must also be the organization that will incur and pay the project expenses and report back to the ministry on usage of the funds.

Number of applications allowed

  • maximum of one application per lead organization/project (within same fiscal year)
  • no multi-year applications will be considered
  • expenses must be incurred after notification of funding approval and be fully spent before March 31, 2024

Program Guidelines

Tourism Development Fund program guidelines


Consult with your Regional Tourism Advisor, or email with questions.

Join Our Team

Business Advisor Position

About Us

Frontenac Business Services is one of 267 Community Futures Development Corporation organizations across Canada.  It is a not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government with a mandate to promote business development, job creation, and strengthen the rural economy.

 Frontenac Business Services is seeking an experienced professional with strong financial analysis proficiency, business counselling ability, as well as exceptional interpersonal and computer skills.

This position may be full or part-time to accommodate the successful candidate.


  • Counselling small business owners and individuals looking to start a business in the County of Frontenac
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and assessing loan applications for consideration by the volunteer Investment Committee
  • Implementing loans and managing the existing portfolio
  • Completing regular client visits as well as community outreach and networking events


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in business, commerce, or finance;
  • Experience in business loan management, including the preparation of security documents and knowledge of the Personal Property Security Act is an asset;
  • A minimum of three years of experience providing business counselling, financial analysis, and business plan assessment or equivalent;
  • The ability to problem-solve and detail oriented;
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team while consistently presenting a professional attitude and demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and strict confidentiality;
  • Proficiency in various computer software programs including MS Office and the ability to learn loan management systems;
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to liaise with relevant organizations;
  • Knowledge of local economic trends, demographics, available business startup programming, and relevant small business services;
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle;
  • Successful applicant will be required to provide a CPIC

Wondering if this role is for you?

Individuals in this role throughout the Community Futures Development network have previously held a variety of positions including commercial banking, accounting, business development, teaching business at a post-secondary level, and self-employment.   The organization will pay for a loans course for a successful applicant who does not have the lending experience, with the expectation that they complete the course on their own time within 6 months.


The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $80,000 per year, with 3 weeks of vacation per year. We also offer a 5% contribution to the employee’s self-directed RSP and Health and Dental benefits after three months of employment.


Our office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. This position will require working one evening per month to cover board meetings and the occasional after-hours business networking events. You will primarily work from our office in Harrowsmith and will also attend client visits and community networking events.

 Why us

At Frontenac Business Services we value our employees and are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive work environment.  If you are passionate about small business and economic development and are looking for an exciting new challenge, we would love to hear from you.

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter with a “re” line of Business Advisor in confidence to

Anne Prichard, Executive Director

Frontenac Business Services

5062 Rd 38, Unit 8, Harrowsmith, ON K0H 1V0

Applications will be accepted until noon, Friday, August 4, 2023 with virtual pre-screen interviews taking place August 8th and interviews August 10th.  We thank you for your interest and only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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