Supporting student entrepreneurs helps build a strong economy

Supporting our youth through innovative entrepreneurship programs and services plays a critical role in job creation and economic growth in Halton, for today and for the future.

Summer Company, a provincially funded program co-ordinated by the Halton Region Small Business Centre, provides students aged 15 to 29 with the necessary support to become self-employed during the summer months. The program aims to support students interested in entrepreneurship as a possible career, through funding and mentorship from local business advisors.

Successful applicants can receive up to $3,000 in funding, including up to $1,500 for start-up costs and up to another $1,500 upon completion of the program.

On behalf of Halton Region, I’d like to congratulate our 2015 Summer Company student participants, who were selected from a large group of applicants from across the region:

  • Darryl Apple, InFaction Studios, Oakville
  • Marlee Armour, Summer Swim Academy, Burlington
  • Leslie Ashworth, Suite Melody Care, Oakville
  • Evan Attard, Art Hero Summer Camp, Burlington
  • Neha Bhasin, Summer Soaps Co., Oakville
  • Michael Clegg, Clegg’s Athletic Program, Oakville
  • Julia Dedic, Jewels by Julia, Oakville
  • Lucy He, Keys to Success Piano & Tutoring, Oakville
  • Emily Hollick, Golden Years Training & Care, Oakville
  • Stephen Johnson, Jeunessis, Oakville
  • William Lomoro, Glen Valley Photography, Oakville
  • Nia O’Brien, Nia O’Brien Creations, Oakville
  • Madeline Webb, The Alternative Baker, Burlington

Get to know this year’s Summer Company participants and see a list of our 2015 volunteer mentors.

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. Growing the Regional economy continues to be a top priority for Council and this, in part, will help build a strong economy in the years to come. I wish all 2015 Summer Company students success with their summer businesses!

Don’t forget to follow Halton’s Summer Company program on Facebook, and apply next year if you’re a student with a business idea.

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