Summer Company 2013 – encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting with this year’s claSummer Companyss of Summer Company students. Summer Company, a provincially funded program, helps students aged 15 to 29 start and grow their own businesses.

Halton Region’s Small Business Centre coordinates the Summer Company program in Halton for the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment and delivers it with the help of volunteer business advisors from the community.

The program aims to support students interested in entrepreneurship as a possible career goal.  Participating students receive cash awards of up to $3,000 – an upfront award of up to $1,500 to put toward start-up costs and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program. 

This year’s participants were selected from numerous applicants from the Halton area.  Their businesses include everything from funnel cakes, art, photography, cards and graphics to kid’s camps, swimming lessons, healthy snacks, web design and imports from Morocco.

Entrepreneurship creates jobs and helps our economy grow. Young entrepreneurs play a key role in ensuring our economy continues to prosper. Summer Company gives participants a chance to start their businesses off on the right foot, with business coaching, training and mentoring to help them along the way.

This year’s mentors are:

  • Liz Kush, Senior Account Manager, Business and Personal Markets RBC, South Halton Market
  • Tom Cochran, Consultant, Halton Business Advisory Group
  • Phil Von Massow, Owner, CPL Group
  • Nelia Taylor, Certified General Accountant, BDO Canada LLP

And here are this year’s summer companies:

  • The Funnel Cloud, Halton Hills
  • Laura Watson Artworks, Halton Hills
  • Felipewithf, Burlington
  • Swim 1 on 1, Oakville
  • VuPoynt Media Group, Oakville
  • SMART Fit Camps, Oakville
  • C.E.O. Illustrated Products, Oakville
  • Carson Visser Fine Art, Burlington
  • Paper Tiger Studios, Oakville
  • Rachael Heart’s, Oakville
  • Sustainable Trade, Burlington

Congratulations to these enterprising young people!

For further information visit www.halton.ca/summercompany or find them on Facebook.

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