Select Manufacturing & Supply Inc.

Select Manufacturing
& Supply Inc.

Sydenham, ON

This family-owned business was established in 2021 and services the Kingston and surrounding areas. They offer custom metal fabrication for the HVAC industry and the associated supplies for installation. From commercial to residential, they can meet the needs of clients and ensure that all standards and codes are met. Select Manufacturing & Supply Inc. values their relationships with employees, clients, engineers, and fellow trades.

How We Helped

Frontenac Business Services first began working with Paul Outwater in 2014.  When Paul decided to start this new venture, he once again turned to Frontenac Business Services. This venture was established during the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, which presented many additional challenges. We’ve been able to support Paul in various ways including financing, which helped with initial start-up expenses as well as necessary upgrades to the building and electrical supply needed to run the equipment. Select Manufacturing was also able to use the start-up loan to get a base inventory in stock and open up a new position for a full time employee.


Paul is very appreciative of the help and guidance we’ve been able to provide and he is looking forward to the results from the development in his business. An example of one of the ways they have grown is that they have already expanded their service area and have become authorized dealers for several products, including DuroDyne, allowing them to offer quality products and accessories to their customers. Select Manufacturing & Supply Inc. is continuously looking for ways to expand and serve their clients better with new and innovative products.

Join Our Team

Financial/ Office Administrator Position Full-time

Frontenac Business Services, formerly Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), is a federally supported not-for-profit organization based in Harrowsmith with a mandate to promote business development, job creation and to strengthen the rural economy. We are dedicated professionals who pride ourselves on delivering business advice and loan services that nurtures and supports the entrepreneurial spirit in the County of Frontenac.

Financial/ Office Administrator Position Full-time  ($35,000 – $55,000)
(35-hour work week)

We are seeking an experienced professional with strong bookkeeping skills (QuickBooks), attention to detail, exceptional interpersonal skills and proficiency on multiple computer programs.  This position is responsible for maintaining the organization’s books, preparing government reports and claims and loan administration including payments and security registration.   It is also responsible for the day-to-day operations, responding to general enquiries and preparing board packages. Employees are to be prepared to work primarily in office and have the flexibility to transition to remote work, if required.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Post-secondary diploma/certificate in administration
  • Work experience in bookkeeping and office administration
  • Working knowledge of software programs including QuickBooks, Word, Excel, Outlook, WordPress and the ability to learn loan management software;
  • Aptitude to problem solve and pay close attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while consistently presenting a professional attitude and demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, communications skills, sound judgment and strict confidentiality;
  • Knowledge of business start-up information and related programs and services an asset
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle
  • Successful applicant will be required to provide a CPIC and credit report

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter with a “re” line of “Administrator Position”.

Anne Prichard, Executive Director
Frontenac Business Services
5062 Rd 38, Unit 8, Harrowsmith, ON K0H 1V0

Applications will be accepted until noon, Thursday, October 28, 2021.  We thank you for your interest and only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

South Frontenac Business Opportunity Program

Access Grant Dollars for COVID-19 Relief

Adapting to Meet Consumer Demands

In recognition of the impacts on small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township of South Frontenac has partnered with Frontenac Business Services to provide targeted relief and recovery funding aimed at assisting small businesses as they adapt to meet evolving consumer demands. The program provides up to $2,500 to qualifying South Frontenac businesses on a 50/50 cost share basis to purchase and adopt digital tools, technologies and equipment that will enable small businesses to modernize or pivot for greater success during and after the pandemic. 

Click here to apply.

Frontenac CFDC unveils new name and website

Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation is now

Frontenac Business Services

HARROWSMITH, ON: April 22, 2021 —  A Frontenac County non-profit organization that provides business advice and loan services to help diversify and strengthen the local economy has rebranded with a new name and website. Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is now Frontenac Business Services at

“For nearly two decades, our organization has played an important role in helping launch and grow businesses across the county,” says Anne Prichard, executive director of Frontenac Business Services. “We’re recognized as a nimble, non-traditional funding source, but that’s only part of our unique mission and mandate. Our new name better reflects our commitment to providing both business advice and loan services that nurture and support the entrepreneurial spirit.”

Established in 2003 to advance community economic development and small business growth across North, Central and South Frontenac and Frontenac Islands, Frontenac Business Services is a one-stop shop for business financing and free advice, counselling and support. “One of our greatest strengths,” explains Prichard, “is connecting new and existing business owners to the right resources and people.”

In 2020/21 alone, the non-profit organization supported 23 local businesses, including eight new start-ups, providing more than $1.55 million in new loans.  53 jobs were created and a further 53 jobs were maintained as a result of these

Frontenac Business Services is governed by a volunteer board and funded by the federal government’s Community Futures program, administered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. As one of 37 southern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations, Frontenac Business Services will continue to advance the CFDC mandate to help rural communities expand their economies. The organization embarked on the rebranding exercise last year as part of its strategic plan to better promote awareness, understanding and support for services and programs provided to individuals, businesses and community groups.

“Our founding name said very little about the important work we do,” says Betty Hunter, chair of Frontenac Business Services’ 10-member board of directors. “Our best work happens when we provide coaching and advisory services to help businesses craft a winning business model and achieve long-term success and residency in the county. Loans are simply one tool to help achieve those goals.”

In addition to the renaming, Frontenac Business Services launched a new website that features improved navigation across different platforms; frequently asked questions; business client success stories; and opportunities for stakeholders to customize their communication preferences.

Phone Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop

with Suzy Lamont

Join us for a workshop with professional photographer Suzy Lamont on how to take spectacular pictures with your phone to use on your business’s social media platforms.  Suzy will share tips and tricks to help you capture better images.  The workshop will be hosted at Maple Ridge Farms in Sydenham where you will have the opportunity to practice by taking pictures of animals, flowers, spring scenery and a model. This introductory workshop is being subsidized by Frontenac Business Services and is available only to Frontenac businesses.

POSTPONED   Monday, June 28th from 9:30 am to 11 am
Fee is $50 (plus tax) (introductory price, normally $100 + tax)
Location, Maple Ridge Farm, 3098 Alton Road East, Sydenham
Limited to 10 people from Frontenac businesses.
Click here to register.

Has our relationship with food changed?

Presentation and Q&A Session

with Andreas Duess

Join us for a presentation by Andreas Duess, Nourish Food Marketing as he discusses how our relationship with food has changed – its role, how we source it, prepare it, consume it and share it. This presentation will be of particular interest to those who produce food and beverage products as Andreas discusses current trends to consider when creating your products. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Tuesday, April 27th 10 am to 11 am ( please begin logging into Zoom at 9:50 am)
Fee is $10 (including tax) non-refundable
Click here to register.

Regional Relief and Recovery Funds Results

39 Businesses Helped to Cover Costs and Maintain 74 Jobs Impacted by COVID-19

With $1,671,799 in RRRF support funds

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has helped to protect millions of jobs, provide emergency support to families and keep businesses afloat as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.  A central part of this is the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), which helps support those who may not be eligible for other programs.

With their local expertise and connections, southern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) have been trusted partners of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to deliver RRRF to businesses in their communities.  Frontenac Business Services, a Community Futures Development Corporation, has provided $1,671,799 in RRRF support to help 39 businesses impacted by the pandemic to cover costs and maintain 74 jobs. Read the full summary report here. 

Ludwig Ratzinger, Fine Chocolate by Ludwig was one of the Frontenac businesses that received support for a “Pandemic Pivot” from the CFDC and the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.  Fine Chocolate by Ludwig creates handmade artisanal chocolate bars in a variety of flavours.  Prior to the pandemic, most sales were made in-person at shows, through a few fine food retailers and a small on-line presence.  With the shows being cancelled, Ludwig needed to pivot the business and learn how to import the chocolate himself.   An introduction from the CFDC to the Digital Main Street program enabled Ludwig to increase on-line sales 10 fold.  More retailers began selling his chocolates and Ludwig collaborated with other local food businesses to create gift boxes.   “The whole CFDC team is great and very helpful in all aspects of running a business” said Ludwig.             

Wolfe Island Marine (Lacelle Corporate Group)

Wolfe Island Marine (Lacelle Corporate Group)

Wolfe Island

This family-owned business was established in 2011 and provides a variety of marine construction services including: shoreline development, boat house construction and restoration, dock fabrication, and shoreline access solutions. Jason Lacelle, the owner and CEO comes from a long line of certified tradesmen. Wolfe Island Marine has a reputation of quality work and mainly operates throughout the 1000 Islands and Kingston area. 

How We Helped

Frontenac Business Services began working with Jason just shortly after he opened in 2011. We’ve been able to support in various ways including financing, which helped with initial start-up expenses and in providing additional loans and grants to help with expansions. We were also able to help him obtain some media coverage which brought in new work so that he could employ more people. Wolfe island marine is currently expanding and hiring welder/fabricators, carpenters, commercial vessel/equipment operators, and office administration.


Jason is very appreciative of the help and guidance we’ve been able to provide and he is happy with the rate of growth his business has experienced. An example of one of the ways they have grown is that they have developed their own engineered products and become authorized dealers for several products, allowing them to offer quality products and accessories to their customers. 

Jonas Bonnetta

Jonas Bonnetta

Port William Sound

Port William Sound is a recording studio and creative retreat located just outside of Mountain Grove. The initial recording space started as a place for owner, Jonas Bonnetta to record his own music for his band Evening Hymns. When musical friends came to visit, they too were inspired by the landscape and expressed an interest in recording there as well. The timing lined up, Jonas had a desire to travel less with his band, so opening up his space to others made a lot of sense. 

How We Helped

Jonas reached out to Frontenac Business Services initially to inquire about programs and for support with his business plan. In just a year he had outgrown his space and knew there was demand to expand his production studio. Encouraged by the support he had received earlier from us, he reached out again, this time for financing help. The loan and Eastern Ontario Development Program funding allowed him to build a new studio that offers access to incredible equipment that could otherwise not have been afforded.


The business is thriving and Jonas continues to fine “tune” things (no pun intended). The equipment he is able to offer is on par with studios in Toronto and Montreal. He even has outside producers coming from all over Canada and parts of the US to record in his studio. The cabin that had been used as the initial recording studio now serves as a place for the recording artists to stay.   

Trillium and Maple Woods Handywomen Services

Trillium and Maple Woods Handywomen Services

North Frontenac

After moving to the sleepy community of North Frontenac in 2019, Tammy Watson began operating Trillium and Maple Woods Handywoman Service where she offers handywoman services for the home, cottage or business – for jobs that don’t need a contractor but are otherwise too complicated or time consuming. She is fully insured and committed to excellence. 

How We Helped

Tammy had a solid business idea and the skills needed to be a valuable resource in our area as a handywoman. But as a sole proprietor she didn’t have anyone to soundboard to that had a background in business and knows this area well. That’s where we came in. We provided her with coaching, encouragement and ongoing support from the get go and helped her start to build clientele. The first step was to support Tammy in preparing a business plan. Networking is an important aspect of her business so we made sure to connect her with business, services and professional people to help her grow the business.


Tammy is now in her second year of operation and has positioned herself to be the go-to-handywoman when residents of North Frontenac are in need. She has clients that enlist her services to keep up their cottage properties and to do turnovers for seasonal rentals. Other clients are older residents who are looking for assistance.  Her portfolio of services has grown to include yard and garden care, property checks, painting and just another set of hands whenever you need it. Tammy also builds and sells picnic tables and cedar planter boxes.  Her next endeavour will be to expand into providing training on how to be your own maintenance person.  

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