Every year, the Halton Region Small Business Centre coordinates and delivers the Summer Company Program on behalf of the Province of Ontario. The Summer Company Program provides youth from the ages of 15 – 29 that are enrolled in high school or post-secondary school an opportunity to experience what it is like to live the life of an entrepreneur and open their own business. The Region is now accepting applications from students who would like to experience entrepreneurship and open their own Summer Company.
During the summer break, students that are accepted into the program receive up to $1,500 of financial support to help with start-up costs as well as 12 hours of training and mentoring with business centre staff and local business professionals. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students are then eligible to receive an additional $1,500 award.
These supports give students an opportunity to experience entrepreneurship first hand as well as develop personal and professional business skills that will be beneficial throughout their careers. Some students have continued to operate their businesses part-time during the school year and some have continued to develop their businesses into full time careers upon graduation.
This is the fourteenth year that the Halton Small Business Centre has delivered this successful program in partnership with the Provincial Government. Over this period, the Summer Company Program has helped many students develop and launch successful summer businesses.
Keep a lookout for future blog articles with information on the 2014 Summer Company student businesses in Halton Region.
If you would like to check eligibility requirements or apply online for the program, visit the Summer Company website at
For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, visiting us online at www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.