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The Canada Summer Student Program

The Canada Summer Job is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs has three objectives:

  • Providing work experiences for students;
  • Supporting organizations including those that provide important community services; and
  • Recognizing that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100% of the provincial adult minimum hourly wage. Public and private-sector employers are eligible for up to 50% of the provincial adult minimum hourly wage

The applications period for Canada Summer Jobs 2011 will be from Feb 1 to Feb 28, 2011

For more information on how to apply visit:


EOTA – New Trails Video

The Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) New Video is now online! Visit for more information on the EOTA.

Summer 2010:
The Frontenac CFDC Board of Directors would like to congratulate the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance on receiving Local Initiatives Program funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP). The EOTA will receive funds to support their new marketing strategy in an effort to attract more tourists to the area and encourage more overnight stays.

The Frontenac CFDC’s contribution to the new marketing strategy will support the production of a video to showcase trails at trade shows, YouTube and on the EOTA website. As well, it will fund placing ads in key magazines and creating banners that will be strategically based in the County.

Cindy Cassidy, General Manager of EOTA remarked “We are grateful to have this kind of financial assistance from the CFDC’s. Any means of attracting visitors to the area is a positive step forward in helping our businesses.”

EOTA is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1997 with the assistance of many municipalities, user groups and tourist associations. EOTA’s mandate is to develop, manage, maintain and market a comprehensive network of shared use recreational trials for the economic, tourism and job creation they bring.


Business Profile – Uptown Diary

Chris Bliss, Owner - Uptown Diary


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 Community Futures Development Corporation (Frontenac CFDC) to help make her goat dairy a reality.

Chris worked closely with the staff at the Frontenac CFDC to get her business off the ground with a start-up loan. “The Frontenac CFDC is a great resource if you are thinking about starting a business,” says Chris, “they helped me fine tune my business plan and when I was overwhelmed with the process they showed up at just the right time to encourage me.”

In January 2009 Chris opened Uptown Dairy in Sydenham and purchased the initial herd of 80 goats. Since then Uptown’s herd has grown to over 220 goats. The Grade A licensed operation is now producing high quality milk from 120 goats it is currently milking. “One of our goals is to build a disease-free herd so we can start to export our animals,” says Chris, “The help that the Frontenac CFDC provided us has helped grow our business and progress us towards our exporting goal.”


Frontenac CFDC Winter Workshops

Jan 19, 2011 – An Introduction to using Social Media to promote your business. This Free workshop is being held at the Sydenham Town Hall from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, there is a limited number of spots – only one registrant per business. Please RSVP by calling 1-888-372-9962

Jan 27, 2011 – Financing: Through start-up to mature operating entity. This Free workshop is being held at the Sydeham Town Hall from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with guest speaker David Edwards from the Toronto Dominion Bank.

Feb 10 & 17 – Quest for new farm value – value plus workshop – Are you looking for or have a value-added business idea for your farm? Not sure how to make your idea a reality? In this workshop you will learn: how to find, create and evaluate new products and services ideas, Seven steps to value added product development, key components of a business plan, how to tap into new and existing markets and the importance of  a business plan. This two day workshop is being held at the Verona Lions Hall 4504 Verona Sand Road, Verona and the cost is $75 +HST per person and includes lunch both days.
Day one – Check in from 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Workshop 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Day two – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Registration and payment must be received by Feb 4, 2011. For more information or to register please call 1-888-372-9962. This training may be eliglible for cost-share funding through Growing Forward Business Development for Farm Business. Visit



The Frontenac 4-H Association received an Award of Excellence for their “Country Comes to the City” program from the Canadian 4-H Council and RBC Foundation.

Henderson Farms receives 1st place showing at the 2010 Royal – Robert Henderson had a great showing this year at the 2010 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair; including 1st place in the Maple Syrup Competition with his Maple Jelly; 2nd in the Savory Jam or Jellies Class with his Sweet Red Pepper Jelly and 3rd in the Strawberry Jam Class, just to list a few of his winnings. Henderson Farms on Wolfe Island specializes in gourmet jams, jellies, marmalade, mango chutney and mustards handmade using all natural ingredients. Henderson Farms has been showing at The Royal since 2000 with great success and has been named the Grand Champion Jelly and Jam Maker two years in a row for 2006 and 2007 and won the judges choice award in 2008 for his Pear and Quince Jam. For a full list of products offered by Henderson Farms and where to buy them visit

Ella Vanderburgt is set to expand Ella’s Cafe in Harrowsmith to include a bakery in early December. Stop in and pick up your holiday sweets. Ella will have a wide assortment to temp your taste buds.

VISIONSoup – Congratulations to all of the organizers of the 2010 VISIONSoup Fundraiser. This years event was a great success, they sold out!


Frontenac CFDC 2nd Annual Small Business Week Trade Show

The Frontenac CFDC is pleased to be hosting the 2nd annual Small Business Trade Show Thursday October 21, 2010 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm in celebration of Small Business Week. This year the Trade Show will be held at the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church in their new gymnasium. The registration deadline is September 30th (for businesses in Frontenac County only) and availability is on a first come first served basis. We were over subscribed last year, so don’t miss this opportunity.

For more information visit , call 613-372-1414 or email


South Frontenac Village Beautification

In June the Frontenac CFDC partnered with the Township of South Frontenac to start a Village Beautification pilot project for the summer. The purpose of the initiative was to assist businesses with facade improvements by providing summer student labour. Verona and Sydenham were selected after having participated in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs’ First Impressions Program. One of the suggestions that came out of that program was the need for some village beautification. Ethan, our summer student has been working his way through Verona and Sydenham painting and sprucing up a number of businesses. Check out the photos below of Ethan’s great work, thanks Ethan!


Business Profile – Sphinx Drugs

Hany Girgis, Owner Sphinx Drugs


When Hany Girgis moved to Ontario from Egypt with a dream of owning his own pharmacy, the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) helped to make it a reality. A non-profit organization funded by FedDev Ontario, the Frontenac CFDC offers free business advice, workshops and commercial financing to entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business in the Frontenacs. “There was an outpouring of support from the local community and doctors,” says Hany, “but it was the support, advice and financial assistance from the Frontenac CFDC that helped me start by business.”

The Frontenac CFDC’s team of business experts helped Hany with a seed loan and a business plan built on customer service and loyalty. The result is Sphinx Drugs in Seeley’s Bay and Verona, with a third pharmacy now in the works. “The Frontenac CFDC let me focus my time on my customers and their needs,” says Hany. “This is exactly the business success story I had in mind.”

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