The Halton Small Business Centre is gearing up for another exciting summer with the Summer Company Program. Applications are coming in daily from enterprising students looking to turn their ideas into a real business with financial resources of up to $3,000 from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. The program is open to allOntario students between 15 and 29 who are returning to school in the fall.
In addition to the financial support, students receive business training and mentoring through our Small Business Centre and a group of local business leaders who volunteer their time to help the student-run businesses succeed. Bi-weekly mentor meetings provide an opportunity for participants and mentors to review the progress of each business and solve any problems as they arise. These meetings become a real highlight of the summer for the student business owners. The students learn so much, not only from the mentors, but also from each other. We are always impressed by the creative ideas the students come up with to help each others’ business grow!
What makes a good summer business?
Generally businesses that can get up and running quickly make a good choice for the program. We’ve worked with students running traditional summer businesses such as lawn care, window washing, boat detailing, and driveway sealing along with more unique concepts including real estate assistant, tea parties, catering, dog walking and cemetery plot maintenance! Some students choose to close the business at the end of the summer while others may choose to run the business on a smaller scale while they go back to school in the fall. See what the 2011 Summer Company participants created. You can also find Halton Region’s Summer Company page on Facebook.
View the Summer Company guidelines for more detailed information. The application deadline is May 7, however we encourage anyone interested to apply as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received up to May 7th or until the program is full. Please contact our office if you require assistance with your application.