Rural Innovation

December 3, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to speak at Business Over Breakfast in Arden and was surprised to learn that the attendees were not aware of some of the novel businesses that we have in the Frontenacs.  I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of those businesses. As a child, I… continue reading

Goats & Growth

November 11, 2015

Chris Bliss had a unique business concept; she wanted to take a traditional Holstein dairy farm no longer in operation and convert it into a goat dairy. After extensive research and planning Chris contacted the Frontenac CFDC to help make her goat dairy a reality. The Frontenac CFDC is a non-profit organization funded by FedDev… continue reading

Motors & Motivation

November 11, 2015

John and Eleanor Nowell, of the family owned and operated Nowell Motors in Cloyne, are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to continue the development of their successful business. This year they turned to the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation for advice on how to grow. The Frontenac CFDC is a non-profit… continue reading

Pills & Plans

November 11, 2015

When Hany Girgis moved to Ontario from Egypt with a dream of owning his own pharmacy, the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (Frontenac CFDC) helped to make it a reality. The Frontenac CFDC is a non-profit organization funded by FedDev Ontario offering free business advice, workshops and commercial financing to entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business in the Frontenacs. “There was… continue reading

Power & Possibilities

November 11, 2015

For Ron and Anne Kortekaas, realizing a dream of an alternative energy business in Sharbot Lake meant a major investment, new careers and a family move. Working with the business experts at Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (Frontenac CFDC) helped to keep their vision alive. “We had a house to sell, another to buy and… continue reading

Reflect & Revitalize

November 11, 2015

Wendy and Darin Madore were in the midst of moving Shanti Yoga Retreat to an expanded location on Wolfe Island when the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation called with a business changing opportunity. “The Frontenac CFDC, through the Access to Capital Program, provided us with financial support to renovate a portion of the main inn… continue reading

Tradition & Transformation

November 11, 2015

Ginny Trousdale wanted to continue the successful history of Trousdale’s General Store, a 171-year old cornerstone of Sydenham’s retail heritage. She turned to the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (Frontenac CFDC) to help her meet the challenges of adapting the business to the new century, while retaining the vintage features of the store. The Frontenac… continue reading

Small is Beautiful and Profitable

November 2, 2015

I recently attended the Ontario Association of Crafter Brewers annual conference where I had an opportunity to hear Mike Arnold speak about “Small is Beautiful and Profitable”.  After hearing his presentation I thought Mike might have some good insight on costs involved in starting a brewery, tips on running a successful brewery,  and what pitfalls to… continue reading


October 15, 2015

Welcome to our blog. Subscribe to our blog and receive information on starting, managing and growing your business, in addition to possible grants and loans available to assist you. We will also introduce you to local businesses and community events. The blog is one feature of our new website. We have designed the website to… continue reading