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Program helps students start summer business




is May 7

Ontario students, who hope to find a summer job they love, will have a chance to be their own boss this summer thanks to the Summer Company program.

Summer Company is a unique program which assists young entrepreneurs with starting and running their own eight- to 12-week business over the summer.

The program provides practical hands-on business training, mentoring, and the essential business skills they need to thrive.

The provincial government expects more than 600 students into the program in 2012.

Key elements of the Summer Company program are:

  • students aged 15-29 are qualified to apply;
  • students can receive up to $1,500 at the start, and up to an additional $1,500 on successful completion of the program; and
  • the application deadline is May 7.

Over the past five years, the Kenora-Rainy River District has developed more than 15 young entrepreneurs.

Types of businesses started have included retail sales, food manufacturing, youth day camps, fitness, music lessons, photography, construction services, graphic design, and landscaping.

Summer Company is an Ontario government program facilitated locally by the Northwest Business Centre.

For more information, contact Stefanie Armstrong at 1-807-223-1166 or or Diane Schwartz-Williams at 1-807-467-4643 or

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