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Summer Company


Summer Company is a Provincial program that helps young people start and run their own business by providing funding, advice and services. The Halton Region Small Business Centre is the local program provider.

Summer Company program information

The Summer Company program (external link) helps enterprising students between the ages of 15 and 29 start and run their own summer business. The Halton Region Small Business Centre coordinates the program locally, and delivers it with the support of experienced business advisors from the community.

The Summer Company program offers young entrepreneurs:

  • hands-on business training and mentoring
  • up to $1,500 in the spring to help with business start-up costs
  • up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program requirements

Program eligibility

You may participate in the Summer Company program if you:

  • are 15 to 29 years old (with parental authorization if you are under 18)
  • are a student in high school, college or university
  • are returning to school in the fall, after the program ends
  • live in Ontario and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • are not already running a business
  • are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program

Application & registration

2023 information session dates:

To register for either information session, please email

  1. Wednesday, March 22 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, April 19 from 5:30- 6:30 p.m.

Visit the Ontario government’s Summer Company website (external link) to:

  1. Make sure you are eligible for the program.
  2. Complete the online application inquiry.
  3. Select Oakville - HRSBC as your local program provider (external link).
  4. Assign yourself a password.
  5. Submit your application inquiry.

Apply early - a limited number of spaces are available.

Additional information

To learn more about the program, including the selection process, please contact the HRSBC or visit the Ontario government’s Summer Company website (external link).

Participants & success stories

You might be next! Many young entrepreneurs have found Summer Company success in Halton. Learn more about their business and let their success inspire you to turn your own business idea into a successful career!

Summer Company Participants 2022

Abdullah Ahmed - Eucalyptus poultry services

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Eucalyptus poultry services offers a great variety of all kinds of pretty and beautiful exotic chickens and their eggs! Enjoy organic farm fresh eggs, they are richer in taste and provide a much healthier meal. They specialize in hatching and breeding exotic chickens. Who doesn't want a pet chicken?

Ben Beckwith - Lakeshore Exterior Cleaning

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Lakeshore Exterior Cleaning is an outdoor cleaning service provider. They offer pressuring-washing of many different exterior surfaces and provide sealing, painting, and staining services to guarantee long-term protection of your driveway, patio, deck, house, or fence. Their services are excellent for those who value the cosmetic appearance of their outdoor areas while at the same time care about increasing the lifetime of those surfaces.

Elena Vala – Hopping Good Dog Treats

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Hopping Good Dog Treats is a small baking business that produces all natural dog treats. Hopping Good's treats are homemade in small batches with highly nutritious ingredients like cricket powder and pumpkin for the protein and fibre that dogs need. Treats are available in three flavours: beef liver, sardine, and peanut butter. It's nutritious and delicious; making them the perfect baked snack for any furry friend. Our premium treats are beloved by dogs - and their owners - all over Oakville. Try Hopping Good Dog Treats today!

Anokye Kofi Boateng – Kofi’s Lawn Care

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Kofi`s Lawn Care is a Milton-based lawn care service that serves all of Halton and parts of Mississauga. They offer both recurring and one-time services. Their main priority is to ensure that clients are happy with the appearance of their outdoor spaces. Kofi`s Lawn Care also offers a plethora of gardening-related services such as weeding, watering, and laying mulch. Check out their website and social media to inquire further.

Seniors get $20 off recurring services!

Marcelo Chaman – verycalmstudios

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verycalmstudios is a marketing and design company that takes on a variety of projects for young business owners and young creatives. They specialize in digital content creation and design, photography, and videography. Based out of Oakville, their clientele is spread across North America, providing high-quality and professional work at an affordable price. verycalmstudios love to work with budgets to ensure that all businesses have their needs taken care of regardless of their current size. Their goal is to create strong relationships with their clients and grow alongside them!

verycalmstudios is always open to hearing ANY cool projects you may want to work on, even if it is different than their usual work! New clients, don't hesitate to reach out!

Muhammad Ali – Swift Visuals

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Many people don't realize how powerful good photography can be, but once they do, they'll never go back. For a speedy and enjoyable,experience, go with Swift Visuals.

Rukshika K – Superstar Tutors

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Superstar Tutors is an virtual tutoring service. They offer tutoring from Kindergarten-Grade 9 all the core subjects of school, which include English, Mathematics, French and Science. All lesson plans are custom-made based on your child's needs.

Superstar Tutors believe that every child has the right to education and the right to succeed. The summer learning program is a break from school, not from learning! Summer learning loss is real. The average student loses 17–34% of the prior year's learning gains during summer break! Have no fear because enrolling your child in the summer learning program will not only prevent summer brain drain but will also prepare them for the coming school year! Superstar Tutors speak Tamil and English. Book a free session today and learn from the comfort of your own home!

Daniel Wang – University Media

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At University Media, they believe that post-secondary schooling is a time for students to explore their passions, make friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. University Media’ employees know how overwhelming it can be to move to a new city, meet new people, and figure out everything from scheduling classes to where to going to eat dinner. University Media can help make the transition easier by providing tools and resources for students moving into their first year of college.

University Media is the parent company behind various social media accounts across the country. They are dedicated to making sure that all incoming students have access to the services they need so they can start off their college experience on the right foot.

This means managing incoming/freshman accounts for major universities in cities like Toronto and Montreal, connecting students with each other through our online platform and social media presence, helping them make friends before arriving on campus by creating events specifically for this purpose—and even partnering with various brands and companies that want to reach this demographic!