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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

2024 information session dates:

To register for either information session, please email

  1. Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 4 – 5 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 4 – 5 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 2023

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Nick's Kicks is a distinguished sneaker cleaning service that caters to individuals with a keen interest in maintaining a pristine appearance while optimizing cost, time, and effort. Strategically located in Milton, Ontario, and proudly serving the Halton region, they specialize in delivering top-tier cleaning solutions at a budget-friendly rate, catering to an extensive range of shoe types, from soccer cleats to iconic Jordan's. At the heart of Nick's Kicks lies a mission to reinstate the splendor of your footwear with utmost convenience, offering an array of services such as deep cleans, unyellowing, uncreasing, stain removal, and more.

Please visit their official website and social media platforms for more detailed information. Book a shoe cleaning appointment to experience enhanced comfort and rejuvenation in your favorite pair of shoes.

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Ella James Tennis offers a diverse selection of group and private lessons, catering to individuals of all age groups, with a primary objective of fostering tennis within the Burlington community and promoting its accessibility to all. Driven by a passionate commitment to establishing tennis as a lifelong sport, Ella James Tennis takes pride in delivering personalized lessons tailored to accommodate players of varying skill levels. To embark on your tennis journey, do not hesitate to reach out and contact her for further information and enrollment.

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Struggling to find time to give your dog a good walk? Look no further! Playful Paws is a local dog walking service that provides flexible and affordable walks around the Oakville community. They offer both private and group walks on a single-time or recurring basis. Playful Paws aims to help busy individuals that may lack time to give their dog a proper, enriching walk. Visit their social media or email them to set up a phone consultation and 25% off your first walk!

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DevGenie extends a warm invitation to explore the enchanting world of digital marketing. Their comprehensive array of services, encompassing web development, social media management, search engine optimization, and captivating content creation, empowers businesses to establish a captivating online presence. With the guidance of their creative experts and strategic insights, brands embark on a transformative digital marketing journey, witnessing the magic of unparalleled results.

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The Social Scope specializes in transforming businesses' social presence into valuable assets through their comprehensive range of services. They offer everything from basic photography to showcase businesses to detailed interviews that highlight their commitments. With expertise in professional business videos, real estate home tours, and social media consultancy, they are dedicated to revitalizing businesses and helping them thrive.

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Powerscapes specializes in designing and installing bespoke outdoor lighting solutions, tailored exclusively to your yard's unique requirements. Utilizing top-notch materials and long-lasting fixtures, they ensure unmatched quality in their creations. By harnessing the power of low voltage LED outdoor lighting, Powerscapes brilliantly illuminates your landscapes, showcasing the beauty of your front and backyard investments, enhancing your property's value, and providing increased functionality to your home.

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A1 Detailing is a reputable and comprehensive car detailing business, committed to delivering top-notch services that elevate your vehicle's appearance to its finest. With a service coverage extending to Halton Hills and its surrounding areas, A1 Detailing operates as a convenient mobile service, providing hassle-free doorstep solutions. Whether you lead a busy lifestyle as a parent or own a luxury car, A1 Detailing caters to a diverse clientele, offering tailored solutions that address the specific car needs of each individual.