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.