Are you a student who’s thinking about starting your own business?

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Summer Company is now open for applications!

The Summer Company Program provides youth ages 15 to 29 that are enrolled in high school or post-secondary school an opportunity to experience what it is like to be an entrepreneur and open their own business.  Every year, the Halton Region Small Business Centre coordinates and delivers the Summer Company Program on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

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 Small 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.

The application deadline for the program is May 6, 2017. To apply, please visit the Summer Company website to complete the online application process. There are a limited number of spaces for the program and it is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

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, by email at or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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