The Summer Company program aims to inspire more young people to choose entrepreneurship as a career and to equip them with the tools they need to succeed. Students learn how to run a business, receive mentorship and training, and develop skills that are highly valued in all workplaces.

How it Works:

  • Students between the ages of 15 and 29, who are returning to school in the fall, can register for this program by googling “summer company program” or contacting the Small Business Centre in Goderich: 519.524.8394 ext. 3307;
  • Once you’re approved, we assign you a mentor, provide basic business training, and then help you start and promote your business!
  • You will receive $1,500 to help with start-up costs, and then $1,500 at the end of the summer upon completion of the program (plus all the money you make from your business!)

For more information, or assistance in developing your business idea, contact Patrick Donnelly at the Small Business Centre in Goderich –; 519.524.8394 ext 3307.

Entrepreneur Profiles - Summer Company 2017

Matthew Ballagh (519-357-7450) will be operating “On Track Studios” from his home studio just outside Wingham. Matthew will offering recording services to individuals and companies looking to record or create single tracks, albums, jingles… anything!

Cam Beckett (226-237-5179) will be operating “CreativeWoodWorksCo” out of his home woodshop in Exeter. Cam will be creating industrial furniture and household items from reclaimed wood. He will be taking custom orders for everything from bookends to desks.

Shelby Farquhar (519-441-3634) will be operating “Garden Gurus”. Shelby will be providing garden creation, maintenance and recovery services in Clinton and around Huron County. She plans to assess, implement and develop a plan according to each client’s budget and requirements.

Jonnie Lavis (519-440-7849) will be operating “Rustic Creations” out of Holmseville. Jonnie will provide Canadian flag rustic signs in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Greg McDonald (519-524-0889) will be operating “GM Yard Service”. Greg will be offering high quality, low cost lawn maintenance in Blyth.

Kleinton Saunders (519-955-0976) will be operating “Kleinton’s Woodwork”. Kleinton will be selling unique wooden household items such as cutting boards, serving trays, and coasters.

Each student submits a comprehensive business plan with their application before May, and participate in an interview process. Training and mentorship is provided during the summer by a volunteer group of Community Mentors, along with training and workshops from the Small Business Centre. Mentors will be communicating with the young entrepreneurs on a regular basis during the summer, assisting with the management side of operating a business.

If you or someone you know might be interested in participating in the Summer Company Program, visit the Summer Company Program or call the Small Business Centre 519.524.8394 ext. 3304. We want to hear from you!

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