Small Business Week Networking Event

Wednesday, October 17th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Rivendell Golf Course, 7359 Road 38, Verona

 Please join us as we recognize and celebrate the outstanding contribution that small businesses make to our community.  This is an opportunity to network with other Frontenac businesses.  Appetizers and a cash bar available.  Max. 70.  To give us an idea of how many people will be attending, please register at

 This event is being brought to you by the Business Development Bank of Canada, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation and the County of Frontenac.  Special thanks to Rivendell Golf Course for providing their venue.  

Business Workshops

Registration for Frontenac CFDC Fall 2018 Workshops

Business Basics Workshop

Do you have a business idea? Are you in the process of starting a small business and looking for some guidance or financing? Curious about what the CFDC has to offer? This free one-hour information session on starting your business is designed for new and aspiring entrepreneurs.

You will learn about the basics of how to start a business including choosing a business structure and business name, how to register a business and secure financing.   The workshop is offered at our office: Wed, Oct 3rd from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm or Wed, Nov 28th 9:00 am to 10:00 am.  Max. 10 seats. To register please visit:


Building a Bulletproof Budget for Your Business Workshop

A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. Let’s face it; you didn’t go into business just to manage the books. When it comes to bookkeeping, and more specifically budgeting, your skill set may be lacking.  That’s Okay. The good news is we’ve got the tools and tips you need to easily create a budget and reign in your expenses. In this interactive workshop, learn simple steps to budgeting, forecasting, monitoring, controlling and evaluating your financial goals.  Whether your company is growing fast, just getting started, chugging along, or entering survival mode, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered at our office: Wed, Oct. 10th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM or Wed, Nov, 14th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM.  Max. 10 seats. To register please visit:

Social Media Marketing Workshop

Learn from the local business owner Stephanie Newman of the Cheesecakery Bakery on how she used social media to build her business from the ground up.  This workshop will include how to utilize the free social media platforms Instagram and Facebook.  You will learn best practices such as when to post, how often to post, hashtags and how to get engagement from your followers.  A Q&A session will follow to discuss your specific business and how to make this free advertising work for you and how to keep yourself accountable.  This workshop is offered at the Sydenham Public Library: Wed, Oct 24th or (CANCELLED) Wed, Nov 7th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. To register please visit:

 The Seed to Sausage Story

Many of you have tried some of the wonderful products made by Seed to Sausage – Chorizo, Montreal Smoked Meat, old fashioned bacon, caramelized onion and pepper sausage, just to name of few.  In this presentation, owner Mike McKenzie will tell you his story of starting Seed to Sausage as a hobby in his garage fueled by his desire for DIY meats.  He learned his trade by visiting small salami makers from around the word.  Fast forward seven years and he has gone from a guy who made salami for friends to an entrepreneur selling his own premium cured meats to high end restaurants in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto and is about to embark on opening his fourth retail outlet.  In addition to creating great products, Mike has been very strategic in how he has grown his business and is excellent in connecting with other businesses.  Mike is also a strong supporter and mentor for other small business owners.  Date and location to be determined .

Artisan Winery Workshop

Sandor Johnson, Potter Settlement Winery in Tweed will be sharing his experience in starting a winery including planting grapes along highway 7, how to prune and care for the grapes, what machinery is needed, what the laws and licenses are and the costs involved.   This will be followed by a visit to his winery and wine tasting led by Sandor.  The end goal is to promote 100% Hastings and Frontenac grown grapes and wine; share resources, equipment and information and to create marketing campaigns that draw more attention to our area as an artisan beverage destination.  Date and location to be determined and will be shared on  Workshop fee will apply.

Workshops are free unless otherwise noted and we ask that you register at to attend.      

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Feel free to book an appointment for a FREE one-on-one counselling and support by calling Ella at 613-372-1414 ext. 202