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‘Summer Company’ accepting applications

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Take charge of your future with “Summer Company,” an Ontario government program for full-time students aged 15-29.

The program provides students with hands-on business experience, training and mentoring, and awards of up to $3,000 to help start their own summer business.

To be eligible for the experience, students must:

•have a good idea for a summer business;

•be a full-time student aged 15-29;

•prepare a comprehensive business plan; and

•submit an application, with the completed business plan, to the Northwest Business Centre.

Students are selected through a competitive process. If successful, they are eligible to receive an upfront award of up to $1,500 to help put towards start-up costs and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.

“The ‘Summer Company’ experience provides participants with insight into business creation and risk-taking, practical experience in marketing, financial management, sales, and customer service, and attitudes and skills essential for personal success,” noted Mike Greaves, Youth Development co-ordinator for the Northwest Business Centre.

“Summer Company” is co-ordinated and delivered across the Kenora/Rainy River districts at the community level through the Northwest Business Centre, and is one of the programs offered through the Ontario government’s Young Entrepreneurs Strategy.

For more information or to apply, visit www.sbe.gov.on.ca/summercompany or www.nwbiz.ca

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