Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. If you are a student with an idea, the Summer Company program can help you by providing start-up money to kick-off a new summer business and advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running.

Between 2012-2017, 24 high school and post-secondary students have completed the Summer Company program in Niagara. Twelve of these students are still running their businesses and some are even operating while still at school. Those at school and not currently operating their business may revisit entrepreneurship upon graduation. A few notables include Olivia’s Pupadise (recent Brock Monster Pitch finalist), Landon Landscaping (full-time business and Starter Company participant), DroneHub (2016 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist), and Beachside Poutine (now Allen Street Poutine)

Students who are between 15-29 years old and returning to school in the fall can apply for the grant – the first $1,500 covers start-up costs and the second installment of $1,500 is given to recipients upon successful completion of the program.

The deadline to apply is May 6, 2017; or earlier if spots fill up!

Summer Company is delivered by the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre and the St. Catharines Small Business Enterprise Centre, in partnership with the Government of Ontario.

Apply at: www.ontario.ca/summercompany

Patrick Harrison
905-356-7521 ext 5130 or

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