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 a new business to learn,” remembers Anne, co-owner with her husband Ron of Sun Volts Unlimited, specialists in solar and wind electrical systems for residential and commercial properties.

To help ease the transition, Ron and Anne contacted Frontenac CFDC, a non-profit organization that understands launching and growing a business sometimes means taking risks. Ron and Anne received the short-term financing they needed to firmly establish Sun Volts.

“They also told us about employee training allowances,” says Ron, “and they keep in touch regularly with news of workshop opportunities.” With funding from Industry Canada, Frontenac CFDC also offers free business advice for entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business in the Frontenacs. “Frontenac CFDC understands local business owners,” adds Anne.

To find out more about realizing your business dream, call the Frontenac CFDC at 613-372- 1414 or e-mail