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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

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 2020


Ben Robinson - Harmony at Home

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Harmony at Home online music lessons, teaches the basics of learning playing songs on the guitar to children. The lessons will be delivered safely via on-line collaboration software where children can learn from the comfort of their own home.

Josh Ince - Sharp Edge Property Maintenance

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Sharp Edge Property Maintenance gives homeowners, who lack the time, desire, or equipment to maintain their property, the ability to sit back and enjoy their garden. Sharp Edge offers a variety of services such as lawn cutting, spring/fall clean ups, eaves trough cleaning, and more. We pride ourselves on reliability and attention to detail.

Audny-Cashae Stewart - CashIn Social Media Marketing

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CashIn Social Media Marketing is a service that focuses on the social media presence of small black businesses in the Greater Toronto Area, by using various social media platforms as marketing tools, for those who would like to gain a better understanding of social media navigation. They do this by workshops, rebuilding social media and building starter websites. Their services are proven to increase online engagement and bring their clients more customers.

Mason Robinson - Swimming With Mason

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Swimming with Mason offers private swim lessons at client homes. Due to COVID-19 we are in a time where swim lessons aren’t accessible to everyone due to health and safety concerns. Swimming with Mason is a way to deliver lessons that focus on water safety, swim skill, and endurance while prioritizing safety.

Sebastian Gomez - Nutrilibrium

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Nutrilibrium offers simple and cost effective online diet plans and exercise guidance that can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. This service is perfect for students and individuals that have busy schedules and meal budgets, but who seek a permanent change in their personal wellness in order to look and feel better. Nutrilibrium provides the tools and expertise to foster healthy habits that promote wellness so you can permanently improve your physical and mental health.

Stephanie Mazza - Steph’s Engagement & Tutoring (SSET Enterprises)

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Steph’s Engagement & Tutoring (SSET) caters to parents who are seeking a fun and educational outlet for their children ages 5-14 from the comfort of their own home. Through a virtual format, SSET teaches children skills in math or English and introduces them to new skills such as the ukulele or a new craft. Stay safe at home, while giving yourself a break & your children some fun with SSET!

David Michaud - Detailing Done Right (DDR)

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Detailing Done Right (DDR) provides high quality car detailing. They serve residents of Halton that are looking to get their car detailed in the comfort of their own drive way without having to go anywhere. Personal protective equipment is worn at the time of detailing for the protection of the car owner and staff of DDR.

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