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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 2019

Anne Fang - Easy Eye-Wellness

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Easy Eye-Wellness aims to provide personalized and easy solutions to eye fatigue caused by the use of different electronic devices. By bringing the most innovative and convenient eye care products worldwide, Easy Eye-Wellness prides itself on raising awareness for the importance of eye health.

Callum Sheedy - Glass Iris Media

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Glass Iris Media is a digital media production company that focuses on creating video, photos and graphic designs for small businesses, organizations and individuals at highly competitive rates.

Emilia Chlebowicz - Driven Designs Media

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Driven Designs is a digital marketing agency specializing in branding and social media. We provide a variety of services tailored to your businesses needs. This includes website design, logo design, content creation, and paid advertising. Our marketing strategies are designed to achieve real, measurable results. Ultimately our goal is to leverage social media to help businesses gain customers and grow.

Wen Tong - Future Flourish Soaps

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Future Flourish Soaps offers handmade personal care products such as artisan soaps inspired by nature, bath bombs and lotions. All our ingredients are sourced to meet our high standard of quality. We’re proud to say our products are vegan, palm-free, cruelty-free, and all wrapped plastic-free packaging! We hope to empower people to live more sustainable lives through small steps.

Abby Gondal - ImprovFun!

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ImprovFun! provides energetic, fun, and confidence-boosting bi-weekly improv lessons aimed at children aged 6-11 years old. Improvisational theatre is the art of creating unplanned and unrehearsed theatrical performances. These lessons will help children to become confident, quick thinkers, and attentive throughout the rest of their lives.

Richard Liang - LcMango Service

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Want to learn Mandarin? LcMango is here to help! With our team of professionals, we will assist you in your journey of learning the Mandarin language. You can effectively learn Mandarin through one-on-one customized lessons, online live lessons, face-to-face meetings, and through learning the Chinese culture classics. Enroll now to get a 30- minute FREE trial lesson!

Jalene Rolf von den Baumen - Picture Perfect Organizing

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Picture Perfect Organizing is a detailed, affordable de-cluttering service customized to meet each client’s specific needs. The company’s main objective is to remove the clutter, provide a thorough, detailed cleaning, and to stage the area or include customizable organizational systems.