With summer jobs for youth increasingly difficult to find, six young entrepreneurs from Huron County between the ages of 15 to 29, have taken matters into their own hands and are operating their own businesses this season. The students will receive financial assistance from the Summer Company, a provincial youth-entrepreneurship program funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

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.

Currently in its 17th year, 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.  The Ministry is granting over 400 Summer Company awards this year, and we’re pleased that Huron County won six of them, reported Nicki Darbyson, Business Consultant at the Huron Business Centre. Designed for students aged 15-29 who will be going back to school in the fall, this program provides for up to $1,500 toward start-up costs, and upon successful completion of the program requirements, the student is eligible for an additional award of up to $1,500.

Each student submitted a comprehensive business plan with their application by May 7th, and participated in an interview process. Training and workshops will be provided by Nicki Darbyson, Program Manager and Business Consultant at the Small Business Centre, County of Huron. Students will also be in regular communication with a volunteer group of community mentors, who will assist with the management side of operating a business. Contact the Huron Small Business Centre for further information (519.524.8394 ext. 6).