Summer Company Students are Taking Care of Business

The Halton Small Business Centre is once again coordinating the Summer Company program in Halton Region for the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

This program assists high school and post-secondary students who are looking to develop entrepreneurial skills while operating their own summer businesses in Halton.  Rather than going the traditional summer job route, these entrepreneurial students are paving the way toward a future of independence and opportunity.

Eight students developed and submitted business plans outlining their start up costs and cash flow projections.  The province has provided $1,500.00 in start up funding and at the end of the summer, these student entrepreneurs will be eligible to receive a $1,500.00 award based on business performance.

During the summer, the students will attend training sessions with Halton Small Business Centre Consultants along with the assistance of mentors who have donated their time and expertise to help these students meet their goals.

This year the mentors are:

  • Liz Kush from the Royal Bank ofCanada
  • Tom Cochran from the Oakville Business Advisory Group
  • Phil Von Massow, owner of Connoisseur Painting Ltd.
  • Nelia Taylor from Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

These mentors make a big contribution to the success of this program and their assistance is greatly appreciated.

Summer Company 2012 Student Businesses:


Flyer Hustle

Flyer Hustle offers advertisers a door-to-door distribution service of their flyers, brochures, coupons and other unaddressed ad mail to residential areas all over the western GTA. By positioning ourselves as a more cost effective alternative to Canada Post, and a more reliable and capable service than an independent, or part-time distributor, we are able to offer our clients great value for their advertising dollar.

Littlefins Swim School

Littlefins is a swim school that offers individual and small class lessons for beginner to intermediate swimmers in their own backyard pool in North Oakville. Your child will learn to swim in a calm, attentive atmosphere and will receive personal attention and support while gaining confidence, essential skills, and strength in strokes. The main goals of the lessons are focused around water safety, confidence, and learning through play. Littlefins Swim School brings out the best in your little swimmers; parents are able to watch alongside the lessons as their child progresses and develops this essential life skill.

RealCurb Paint

RealCurb Paint is determined to bring ease of mind and a needed aesthetic to our customers and their houses. By painting people’s house number on their curb we bring convenience to homeowners’ lives by helping emergency services, friends, family and even the pizza man reach their house exactly when expected.

Hometown Painting

Hometown Painting is a painting company specializing in exterior painting and staining for both residential and commercial contracts.  We offer neat, detailed, quality work for a competitive price and flexible hours, making your painting experience worry and stress free. We work with you, not for you!

Surf Sandford Apparel

Surf Sandford Apparel embodies the east coast life style. Nautical and ocean inspired designs are hand silk screened on quality apparel that only gets better with age. Want to have your own design printed for a charity group, organization or sports team? We can do that too.

Miller’s Maintenance

Miller’s Maintenance gives a personal and neighbourly touch to your yard.  We provide quick, efficient and friendly service at competitive prices to clients in the Aldershot area ofBurlington.  We provide a high level of professionalism for all of your landscaping and lawn care needs.

K.C. Designs

K.C. Designs is a graphic design company specializing in book covers for authors and publishers both independent and established. I offer friendly consulting, quick service, and competitive rates. All of my designs and covers are 100% custom designed and made with your ideas in mind. I also offer other graphic design services, such as posters and Facebook Timeline banners, as well as art available for individual purchase.


MADRAD is a textile company based out of Oakville,Ontario. We focus on design and manufacturing of natural textiles such as bags and accessories. Each product is made by hand in small production runs, paying close attention to quality and detail. All of our bags are made of heavy cotton, complimented by natural plant dyes to achieve rich one-off colours. Our quality processes guarantee each item will age beautifully with use.

The future looks bright with young entrepreneurs like these. By investing in their future today,  they are definitely taking care of business!

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