Summer Company gives students the opportunity to BE Their Own BOSS!
PORT ELGIN – Thanks to Summer Company, six Bruce County students were able to utilize their talents and make money by starting their own summer business. Summer Company is a unique program which assists young entrepreneurs with starting and running their own eight to 12-week business over the summer.
The Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise Centre is the local service provider, the first line of the selection process and
coordinator of the program for the County of Bruce. The program provides practical hands-on business training, mentoring and the essential business skills the students need to thrive. Not only do students learn what it takes to own their business, but they also meet several times over the summer to cover topics such as marketing and basic record keeping presented by local experts in their fields.
Jill Roote, Manager of the SSBEC, is enthusiastic about the program.
“It’s a great program,” she said. “The backbone of Ontario’s economy
is small business. This program gives students the tools and
training to run successful summer
The Bruce County students’ business ventures are as varied as their locations.
Applications and business plans were submitted during the spring,
reviewed by the Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise Centre and
approved by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. The six
students started in late June and they will continue to operate
until they return to school following Labour Day. The Summer Company
program gives these students, and hundreds across the province, the
chance to run their own business with limited risk and the potential
to earn and learn more than they would at another summer job. Local
business people volunteer to act as mentors to the students, sharing
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Summer Company is coordinated and delivered through Ontario’s network of 57 Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) and five non-profit organizations across the province for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Summer Company is part of
the government's Youth Opportunities Ontario. For information on other
youth programs, visit Youth Opportunities Ontario. Or contact the
Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise Centre at 519-832-2082 or visit the
Madison Bonderud, 15, In the Green Lawn Care, Paisley
Sarah Szabo, 17, Helping Hand, Port Elgin
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