Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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The Summer Company youth entrepreneurship program offers full and part-time students between 15-29 years of age, the opportunity to own and operate their own business for the summer. Participating youth are provided with hands-on business training and mentoring in addition to awards of up to $3000 to help start and run their business.

Students accepted into the program will receive up to $1,500 to put towards start-up costs, and up to another $1,500 upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion of the program requires that the applicant/recipient:

  • Implement his/her project sustainably in accordance with their business plan
  • Participate in coaching and training
  • Meet with local business mentors as specified
  • Provide documents related to the experience and business operations as required in the guidelines
  • Meet all program requirements for establishing and operating the business

Summer Company is a great opportunity for local youth to have an entrepreneurial experience while running their own business and being their own boss for the summer.

Click to view Summer Company Mentor Directory

For more information visit: http://www.ontario.ca/summercompany.

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Or Contact Us at the Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Center at: Diane Steven or (705) 324-9411 extension. 1283

Summer Company Mentors Corner

"The knowledge and skills gained through Summer Company are important, but it is the unique perspective of owning your own business that is the most significant benefit of the program. 

As a Summer Company participant 8 years ago, the program has helped me get my first few co-op jobs while in University and upon graduation.  Now I have made the decision to be a full time Entrepreneur and return back to the City of Kawartha Lakes to run a business.  The program is very important for this area because a large percentage of the jobs in the area are small businesses and self created.  More importantly, from my perspective, these Entrepreneurial careers/jobs are the best because they provide the highest level of self fulfillment.

Entrepreneurship can be scary, because every want-to-be entrepreneur will need to make that hard decision to quit their job and go-it-alone.  This program gives young people the opportunity to find out what it is like, during a time in their lives when they do not depend on the income and the risks are small.  This is a phenomenal program that has helped shape who I am today, that is why I have decided to be a Summer Company Mentor."     
~ Mike Janke, Past Participant

Mike Janke

Onager Solutions Inc.
217 Francis Street East
Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0
Phone: (705) 344-3995
Email: mike@onager.ca  Website: www.onager.ca

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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