Summer Company

Bruce County is proud to help young entrepreneurs through Summer Company - a training, mentorship, and grant program for students to run their own company. In partnership with the Province of Ontario, the program is available for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 who are returning to school in the fall. Applications close in mid spring each year.

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, invoicing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management - these are just a few of the highly useful skills you will develop.

Summer Company is an Ontario government program that provides young people with the resources and knowledge they need to start a new summer business.

As a Summer Company entrepreneur, you get:

  • Start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • Hands-on business training, advice and mentorship from local business leaders
  • An award of up to $3,000
     

Could you be a Summer Company entrepreneur?

You can apply to the Summer Company program if you're an Ontario resident aged 15 to 29, are a full-time high school, college or university student and will be returning to school in the fall.

Applying for Summer Company is a competitive process. Apply early as space is limited and the program reaches capacity quickly!

 

Here are the 2019 Summer Company participants

GARDENZUP

Nick Veenstra - Gardenzup - PaisleyNick Veenstra is the owner of GARDENZUP, a Paisley company that manufactures and sells raised garden planters.  These raised planters are made with Western Red Cedar which is rot resistant and will last for years. Raised planters allow the gardener to tend to plants without bending, stooping or kneeling making gardening enjoyable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Standard sizes are available to purchase at the Keady Market and quotes can be provided for custom sizes.
Delivery is available. 

gardenzup.ca
GARDENZUP on Facebook

Contact Gardenzup for orders or questions.
519-353-4430
gardenzup@gmail.com

Wooden garden planter box Bruce County


Bruce County Barn Board Signs

Bruce County Barn Board SignsHayley Swigger is the owner of Bruce County Barn Signs, a home décor business in Tara. Hayley designs and manufactures each one herself.  These decorative signs for the home are hand painted, high quality signs, framed in authentic barn board that is over 100 years old. 

Follow Hayley on Facebook to see her products and what locations she will be selling her products

Contact Hayley for orders or questions
226-668-6372
hswigger@bmts.com

Barn board signs


DroneFX

DroneFX - custom aerial videography and photographyZach Rodgers runs DroneFX - a custom aerial videography and photography company based in Lion's Head.

Some DroneFX projects include:

  • Mapping property and fields
  • Collecting data regarding crop yield
  • Creating promotional videos for businesses and communities
  • Video of their business or property for promotional and real estate purposes
  • Aerial video or images of property for their own use
  • Promotional advertisement to sell an item

Follow DroneFX on Facebook

Subscribe to DroneFX's YouTube channel

DroneFX - Drone videography and drone photography


Black Wolf Poutine

Fresh cut fries at Black Wolf PoutineFresh cut fries have never been better! Sole proprietor Miingan Akiwenzie acts as a leader in his community by showing other indigenous youth about starting a business.

Follow Black Wolf Poutine on Facebook

 

Start a summer company: students

How to get money and advice to run a summer business in Ontario.

How it works

Through a program called Summer Company, you can get:

  • start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

Who is eligible

You could be eligible, if you:

  • go to high school, college or university
  • live in Ontario
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • are between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent or guardian must sign the agreement for the applicant)
  • 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
  • are returning to school after the program ends

You cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.

If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to Summer Company. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected.

Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.

To learn more about the Summer company program visit the Government of Ontario's website.

Bruce County  Summer Company for Students

Summer Company
Bruce County is a blend of entrepreneurial opportunity that spans energy and tourism, agri-business and culture, technology and retail.