The program is open to students between the ages of 15 and 29 who will be returning to school in the fall and who live in Cornwall, SD&G and Akwesasne.
Summer Company is a program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI) and administered by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, which assists students in starting and running their own business through the summer months. Participants receive hands on business training and are matched to mentors who help guide them through the business stages, and assist with questions they may have. Each Summer Company participant can receive up to $3,000 to start their own business.
“Summer Company is an exciting opportunity for students to do something they love, and learn about the business world first hand,” said Business Consultant Candy Pollard. “Not only does the student get to be their own boss, and receive start-up funding, they also gain valuable entrepreneurial skills as they turn their business idea into a reality.”
The Summer Company Program has seen a great deal of success in the region. In the past 6 years, 42 students have opened and successfully run their own businesses, and each has received the maximum grant of $3,000. Participants in 2012 included Igor Vasilenko (Sandfield Furniture), Jamie Terrance (JT Woodworking)/, Jessica Smith (Cuts N Grow), Kevin Aleinik (Kevin’s Kutting & Landscaping), Darby Wheeler (Farmers Food), Alain Therriault (AT Carpentry), and Leah Wells (Windfall Jewellery).
Spaces for Summer Company 2013 are limited, therefore interested students are encouraged to visit www.summercompany.cafor more information regarding eligibility and program requirements and/or to fill out an initial application. Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre staff are available for assistance in completing applications and answering enquiries. Contact the Centre by calling 613-930-2787 ext. #2276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre helps small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in Cornwall, Akwesasne, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry by offering information, tools and support during start‐up and growth stages of business operation. The Centre also offers seminars, workshops and networking opportunities that are designed with the entrepreneur in mind. Please visit www.businessenterprisecentre.cafor more information.
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is operated by Cornwall Economic Development in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.