Student Entrepreneurs Get Creative as Part of Ontario’s Summer Company Student Grant Program

If you’re a student 15-29 years old in Ontario, you can turn your entrepreneurial dreams into a real business this summer. The Summer Company program provides up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring to young entrepreneurs to help you start and operate your business.

Online PR News – 06-April-2013 – Toronto, ON – Thanks to Summer Company, student summer jobs don’t have to be run-of-the-mill, minimum wage standard fare. Through this Government of Ontario program, students start and launch their own business and get an entrepreneurial education along the way. In addition to a $3000 grant, the program offers business training and mentoring for successful applicants to make their Summer Company idea a reality. One of the requirements of the program is that the application be for a new business idea, one the student has not tried before.

A variety of original businesses have sprung up in Ontario thanks to Summer Company. Students have taken on the worlds of fitness, web design, private swimming lessons, summer camps, landscaping, woodworking, and an endless stream of other occupations.

Chantal Dussault of Timmins had always wanted to manage her own business, and took her love of language to the next level, thanks to Summer Company. Hidden Meaning Translations offered clients translation, revision, proof reading and terminology services from English to French, French to English, and German to French and English. Thanks to the high demand for her skills, Chantal is continuing to run her business while attending university.

Stratford’s Brendan Childerly had a catchy name to go along with his junk hauling business idea – Junk in Our Trunk. Summer Company funds helped Brendan to not only buy his trailer and supplies, but to create a memorable logo for his truck, magnets, posters and business cards as well. It didn’t take him long to get up and running. Soon after his business launch, Brendan was doing more than just hauling junk. He was open to any opportunity that came his way, including removing soil, moving households, and selling scrap metal for more revenue.

As a culinary arts student at Humber College, Wasauksing First Nation’s Kyle King-Assinewe was able to give back to his community with his small scale restaurant Chi-wiisniin Take-out & Delivery. He served snack-sized tacos made with traditional Aboriginal frybread in paper cones.

With the grants and the business advice and mentoring they receive through the Summer Company program, the sky is the limit for these young entrepreneurs.

Author summary: The author of this article is associated with Summer Company, which opens up the world of entrepreneurship to students in Ontario through the province’s Ontario Summer Jobs program.