Holiday Social

Seasons greeting everyone

The staff at Frontenac Business Services would like to invite you to a drop-in Open-House Wednesday, December 7th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

This community means so much to all of us and we want to celebrate that. Our Open-House is an opportunity to mingle with fellow business owners, colleagues, and County of Frontenac Ambassadors over a glass of eggnog and to celebrate this wonder community we all call home. Light refreshments will be served, and we ask that you RSVP so we can get an idea on attendance. After a long pause, it’s time for some good cheer.

We hope to see you there

Date: Wednesday, Dec 7th
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Frontenac Business Services, 5062 Rd 38 Harrowsmith On.

2023 Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston

The Kingston Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with Queen’s University, is pleased to invite you to our official launch of the 2023 Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) program on Thursday November 3 at 5:30 pm at the Old Stones room at the Four Points by Sheraton.

This is your opportunity to find out more details about QCA:K – the program connects new graduates from the arts, humanities and social science disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queens University with a Kingston employer. The objective is to help new graduates launch their career while retaining skilled talent in the community. Employers who commit to a 12-month contract with a participant are reimbursed for 4 months of the gross salary to a maximum of $2,500 per month.

Students are already engaged and excited about this year’s program.  Direct outreach this fall has garnered a list of potential opportunities that they are looking for, including Project Management, Writing (Copy, Grant, Technical, Journalism), Planning and Event Coordination, Business Development, Content Creation, Marketing and Communications, Research and Data Analysis, Recreation and Tourism, Operations Coordination, Customer Service and Public Relations to name just a few.

Since it’s inception in 2018, the QCA:K program’s investment of $400,000 has generated $2.5 million in ongoing salaries within the Kingston community. In 2023, the program will fund up to 15 positions. The launch event is a fantastic opportunity to see how your company can secure one of the positions and keep some of the amazing Queen’s talent in Kingston!
Please RSVP to join us on November 3!

County Campfire Business Retreat & Awards Event

County Campfire Business Retreat & Awards Event – Thursday, October 20

What is the County Campfire?
The County Campfire is an informal retreat for local business leaders, hosted by Frontenac Economic Development at RKY Camp, located on Sugar Bush Lane in Parham, Ontario. This event is meant to be a relaxed affair, where businesses can reconnect with each other, learn from each other, and celebrate our successes and growth over the past few years.

The event begins with a series of campfire chats with panelists covering a variety of topics including digital marketing, business finance, and tourism development. These workshops are followed by a networking session where old conversations can be renewed, and new business connections made.

To finish things off, we’ll have a dinner in RKY’s brand new dining facility along with the presentation of Frontenac County’s 1st Annual Business Excellence Awards.

While the event is free, the networking session will have a cash bar and there is a cost for the dinner, an optional purchase at the time of registration.

Event Schedule
1. 12:00-1:00 Registration
2. 1:00-1:40 Developing Memorable Tourism Experiences
3. 1:45-2:00 Break
4. 2:00- 2:45 Digital Wayfinding – Putting your business on digital maps
5. 2:45-3:00 Break
6. 3:00-3:45 Navigating Uncertain Financial Times
7. 4:00-5:30 Networking / Reception
8. 5:30 – 8:00 Dinner & Awards – Dinner tickets are $30 and available when you register for the retreat.

Awards
The Frontenac Business Awards are celebrating the people and businesses in Frontenac County who demonstrate key qualities of being a business ambassador and invaluable contributions they make to our community and economy in Frontenac, by demonstrating unique character and supporting quality of life in our community.

The Frontenac Business Awards are meant to be a thank you for the hard work that local businesses have invested into their operations, a recognition of the risks they have faced to establish and grow their businesses, and a celebration of their success, growth, and sustainability in Frontenac County. As ambassadors for the business community in Frontenac, nominees and award recipients help foster the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, community building and commerce for all businesses in our region. Nominations are open until October 12 at 12 p.m.

To nominate a local business or business leader, visit: www.engagefrontenac.ca/business-awards
Awards:
1. Women Led Business Award
2. Ambassador of the Year
3. New Business Award
4. Partnership and Collaboration Award
5. Sustainability Award

Women in Business Networking Event

Women in Business Networking Event

Kingston Economic Development is hosting Women in Business Event Series on Wednesday, Sept 21st from 6 – 8 pm at Harrowsmith Brewing Company. This is an opportunity to be inspired and build relationships while you are working to achieve your business goals. Guest speakers, Stephanie Newman, Cheesecakery Bakery and Shaunis Sakell, Hinchinbrooke Hills Farms.

Stephanie Newman went from Retail Manager to living her dream and building a successful wholesale commercial cheesecake bakery, with products all over southeastern Ontario. Shaunis Sakell grew up on Howe Island dreaming of running her own farm, and now she gets to live her dream every day.
Light appetizers will be served, cash bar available.

To register for this free event https://bit.ly/3x3WACB

IDEA Loan

Announcing the IDEA Loan

Invest, Develop, Expand, Accelerate your business

Features

  • Up to $25,000
  • Quick turnaround time
  • No application fees
  • Free business and financial counselling
  • Personalized service
  • Maximum term 60 months for $25,000 with payments as low as $479/month
  • No pre-payment charges

Funds can be used for

  • Start-up costs
  • Equipment
  • Inventory
  • Working Capital
  • Marketing

For more information, email Anne at anne@frontenacbusiness.ca or call 613-372-1414 Ext 204.

Google Street View for business

Google Street View for business

Google Street View is hosted by Google Maps services.  For the price of a photo session in 360 degrees with their photographer and no monthly fee, they claim you will receive 5K views monthly.   They will be in Ontario October 3rd – 7th to photo shoot inside of businesses for Google Street View.   For more information, email Emma Edwards eedwards@altavistacg.com or visit https://altavistacommunications.com/

Mashup Lab

Do you have a DREAM business idea?

Rural places are full of creative, innovative ideas. Do you have one you’re waiting to bring into the light? If so, Mashup Lab Dream Business Program is for you! A FREE, six-week, virtual program that helps you build a business model around your idea, so you’re ready for next steps. A no-pressure, supportive environment, with knowledgeable facilitators. All ages and levels of experience welcome! Six weekly sessions and one on one coaching opportunities are included in the program, which runs November 3 – December 8, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit us here.

Annual Meeting

Please join us for our Annual Meeting

When: Thursday, June 23rd 8:00 am to 9:30 am (Breakfast included)

Where: Verona Lion’s Hall, 4504 Sand Road, Verona, ON

Guest speakers:

Roland Jensch, Grains and Goods Bakery

Chris Stoness, Atlas K9

Please RSVP by June 20, 2022 by registering at https://bit.ly/3azlyRV

Business Resiliency Loan

In response to the damage caused by the storm , Frontenac Business Services is introducing a new loan product.

Features
o Up to $25,000 at Prime (3.20%)
o Quick turnaround time
o No fees
o Easy to apply for

Use of funds includes
o Waiting for insurance claim to be processed
o Insurance shortfalls
o Investing in longer term resiliency including generators, surge protectors, data backup solutions, contingency planning, etc.

For more information, email Anne at anne@frontenacbusiness.ca or call Lauren at 613-372-1414 Ext 206

The Canadian Digital Adoption Program Open Now

“Grow Your Business Online” provides grants for $2,400 to help small businesses adopt e-commerce technologies, including costs for website development, search engine optimization, subscription fees for e-commerce platforms and social media advertising. A network of service providers has been established to help businesses grow their online presence.

“Boost Your Business Technology” program is geared to businesses with revenues of $500,000 + looking to adopt new customer relationship software, digital inventory management systems, network security software, AI, machine learning and robotics, etc.

For information on both programs visit https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2022/03/backgrounder–the-canada-digital-adoption-program.html and the grow your business online program visit https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/00011.html

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