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Summer Company


Summer Company is a program for young people seeking to try their hands at business. Halton Region Small Business Centre is the local implementation partner.

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 be 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 (external link) website 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

A limited number of spaces are available in the program each year, so it is advisable to register early!

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).

Current 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 2018

Nadin Furniture is located in Oakville, and sells high-quality natural wood cutting boards, dining and coffee tables tailored to the customer’s wants and needs. The company specializes in custom live edge pieces which incorporates the natural edge of the wood in the piece. Chad will be selling his pieces through his website and at various trade and craft shows throughout Halton.

Jeffrey Bitar Smith - GenZ marketing

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GenZ marketing provides various marketing services to Halton businesses throughout the region. Some of their services include website development, social media marketing, digital marketing, search engine optimization and website analytics.

Expressive Media is a digital media company that specializes in the production and creation of wedding videos, corporate videos, live event videos and online music videos (i.e., YouTube).

Matthew Sadecki - Ivespark Solutions

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Ivespark Solutions is a tutoring service that offers in-home and online services to students in Halton. Qualified university students will use practice tests, exams and questions tailored to the student’s needs.

Groovy Babe upcycles vinyl records to make and sell unique, vinyl purses. Based out of Georgetown, these bags are sold online, at vendor-friendly events and in stores in the Halton area.

Kieran Sagar - The Cat’s Tongue

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The Cat’s Tongue, located in Burlington, makes fermented hot sauce through an aging process that adds extra flavour and spice. The hot sauce is sold in farmers markets around the region.

Sarah Sheppard - Creativity for a Cause

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Creativity for a Cause aims to find a simple way to communicate a company’s corporate social responsibility standards through children’s books. Owner Sarah Sheppard works in collaboration with local businesses to write, illustrate and distribute children’s books that address the values or issues chosen by the customer.

Dave Thomson - Thomson Turf

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Thomson Turf is a lawn service that offers lawn cutting, trimming, and leaf blowing services. Thomson Turf operates in the Georgetown area.

Anna Apara - Lemon and Honey Skincare

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Lemon and Honey Skincare sells handmade skin creams, bath bombs, candles, soaps, and scrubs. These all-natural products are sold online and in various markets in the Halton area.

Modern Closet Design in Oakville is a closet renovation service for those who are looking for custom storage solutions. This business provides professional renderings prior to renovation to help customers build their custom dream closet.