Summer Company students are taking care of business

The Halton Small Business Centre is once again coordinating the Summer Company

Summer Company Participant: •Lucy He – Keys to Success Piano and Tutoring

Summer Company Participant: • Lucy He – Keys to Success Piano and Tutoring

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.

Thirteen students developed and submitted business plans outlining their start-up costs and cash flow projections.  The province has provided $1,500 in start-up funding and at the end of the summer, these student entrepreneurs will be eligible to receive an additional $1,500 award based on business performance.

Here are the students and their respective businesses for 2015 in Halton Region:

  • Darryl Apple – InFaction Studios

InFaction Studios is based in Oakville and dedicated to providing a professional, fairly priced and reliable service in graphic design, motion graphics, and illustration. Our goal is to bring the visual ideas of clients to life with originality and professionalism.

  • Marlee Armour – Summer Swim Academy

Summer Swim Academy is a seasonal business operating in Oakville from early June to the end of August. We teach Red Cross certified “Swim Kids” swimming lessons in your own private swimming pool. Lessons are available in 30 min intervals and are given on a one-to-one basis with the instructor. Additionally, lifeguards are available to guard private pool parties. Summer Swim Academy aims to educate children in a safe, personalized environment, while also providing a convenient resource for their parents/guardians.

  •  Leslie Ashworth – Suite Melody Care

Suite Melody Care is a youth volunteer program that brings themed musical performances and trivia to long-term care facilities, retirement homes, and hospitals across the GTA.  Audiences benefit from the SMC program performances as emotions and memories are stimulated, while performers hone their musical skills and develop self-confidence.  In addition, the program comes with a complimentary Suite Melody Care CD/DVD.  Currently over 12 young musicians give scheduled performances, with a total of over 1290 attendees having enjoyed Suite Melody Care performances.  Leslie Ashworth, founder and director of Suite Melody Care, was recently awarded The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Service Youth Award for the program.

  • Neha Bhasin – Summer Soaps Co.

Summer Soaps Co. based in Oakville brings to market a line of artisan handmade soaps created without harsh chemicals commonly found in many skincare cosmetics. As a chemical engineering student and cosmetics-enthusiast, I started making my own soaps after realizing the harmful effects of ingredients used in many of my favourite skincare products. Consumers looking for high-quality, all-natural cosmetics will find my products online and at various local farmers markets in Ontario.

  • Michael Clegg – Clegg’s Athletic Program

Working out can be very personal. More than simply going for a run or lifting weights, it is the act of building a relationship between yourself and your body. Clegg’s Athletic Program aims to strengthen this relationship by providing a professional approach to personal training in a fully private one-on-one environment. Newly renovated and equipped, the facility is located at Lakeshore and Trafalgar in Oakville with all training administered by Michael Clegg. Using his background in Honours Bachelors Science of Kinesiology, Michael specializes in both sport specific training and body transformations.

  • Julia Dedic – Jewels by Julia

Jewels by Julia offers unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry that is both fun and beautiful! My jewelry is crafted with care and designed with the intention of sharing a story within each piece. My goal is to inspire you to share your moments in life and express your passions as I am through my jewelry. Along with being a jewelry fanatic, I bring crafty, out-of-the-box ideas to life through each piece. Jewels by Julia offers quality, detail-oriented products that are both creative and fresh.

  • Lucy He – Keys to Success Piano and Tutoring

Keys to Success Piano and Tutoring offers affordable, high-quality piano lessons and academic tutoring services for children, teens, and adults. Lessons can be scheduled either at the instructor’s home, or a location convenient to the customer. Keys to Success aims to help students achieve their short-term and long-term goals by providing personalized lesson plans that work with their busy schedules. We currently serve the Oakville and Mississauga West areas.

  • Stephen Johnson – Jeunessis

The future is bilingual – is your child ready for tomorrow?  Here at Jeunessis, I offer a five-day program for young children designed to make learning French fun and easy.  My innovative approach, based around songs, stories and games, takes the worry out of learning a new language for parents AND children.  In a small group setting your children can grow with others and feel at home. This is your children’s Jeunessis.  Watch them grow into brilliant flowers of tomorrow.

  • William Lomoro – Glen Valley Photography

Glen Valley photography is an Oakville based photo boutique that provides affordable high-quality prints for parents who wish to preserve memories of their child’s sporting events or performances. We specialize in competitive sports photography and videography, headshots, family portraits, and more. Glen Valley photography offers a number of packages which include digital copies and prints in a range of sizes.

  • Nia O’Brien – Nia O’Brien Creations

Nia O’Brien Creations provides you with unique original artwork and handmade jewelry. Nia’s passion for abstract art and biology are intertwined in her paintings, inspired by all forms of nature. Her jewelry designs combine wire and healing crystals for beautiful, affordable, wearable art that celebrate the natural treasures of the earth. These creations make perfect gifts to treat yourself or someone special.

  •  Madeline Webb – The Alternative Baker

The Alternative Baker is a gluten-free and vegan bakery that is dedicated to providing high quality baked goods for both individuals with allergies and those who are looking for healthier alternatives to traditional baked goods. Our goal is to bring our community a product that is healthy and environmentally conscious without sacrificing taste and texture. We strive to offer our customers feel good food that everyone can enjoy.

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:

  • Phil Von Massow from CPL Group
  • Tom Cochran, Retired business executive
  • Fatima Pereira from BDO
  • Jayme Moorcroft from RBC
  • Pamela Pereira from RBC
  • Maralyn Ellis from FuturesFound
  • Kathleen Dill from Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • Kelsey Leedale from YMCA

Learn more about our programs for young entrepreneurs at

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