Supporting our young entrepreneurs through the Summer Company program

Halton Region’s Small Business Centre (SBC) is committed to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners with supports and services to help them be successful and contribute to Halton’s strong economy. From thinking about starting a business to growing an existing one, the SBC has many services available, which includes several programs targeted at young entrepreneurs.

For example, every year, Halton Region offers support to local students interested in starting their own business through a program called Summer Company. This program provides hands-on business training and mentorship to help enterprising students between the ages of 15-29 start and run their own summer business.

Summer Company is an annual Ontario Government initiative for youth entrepreneurship and employment that is coordinated locally through the SBC. This spring, successful applicants can receive up to $1,500 to help with business start-up costs, and in the fall, can receive an additional $1,500 upon successful completion of their Summer Company experience.

In order to qualify for the program, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements such as:

  • currently attending a high school, college or university in Ontario
  • living in Ontario
  • currently not running a business
  • currently not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 8, 2015.  Students are encouraged to complete their application as early as possible. For a complete list of program requirements or to apply online, visit the Summer Company website at www.ontario.ca/summercompany.

Growing the Regional economy continues to be a top priority for Regional Council, and entrepreneurship plays a critical role in innovation, job creation and economic growth.  By enhancing our support through programs and services targeted at youth entrepreneurs, we can continue to provide the next generation with the tools and guidance they need to help their business ideas come to life.

If you have any questions about the application process or require assistance in completing the application, including preparing a business plan, please visit halton.ca/smallbusiness or dial 311.

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