Seven students from Cornwall, SD and G and Akwesasne are turning their business ideas into reality this summer through the Summer Company program.
Sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation and administered by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, Summer Company encourages students to start and run their own business. The young adults were selected to participate in the program after completing detailed business plans. In return, the participants will receive up to $3,000 in start-up funding assistance along with hands-on coaching and mentoring from local business leaders.
“This program provides a great opportunity for the participants to develop entrepreneurial skills while making money at the same time,” said Candy Pollard, business consultant with the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “Through Summer Company, we are helping to train the business leaders of tomorrow.”
The students were officially introduced at a small open house Friday morning at the Cornwall Civic Complex.
The breakdown of Summmer Company students, and their jobs, includes:
Sand Field Furniture - Igor Vasilenko, Owner
Contact: 613-528-1681 and www.sandfieldfurniture.com
Handmade furniture for both indoor and outdoor use. Choose from standard designs for benches, tables, chairs, shelves and much more, or custom order something to specifically suit your space and style.
Kevin’s Kutting & Landscaping - Kevin Aleinik, Owner
Lawn and flowerbed maintenance is the focus for this young entrepreneur. Weekly cutting and trimming, weed removal, seeding and fertilizing – enjoy your summer and let Kevin take care of the curb appeal for your home.
Cuts ‘N Grow - Jessica Smith, Owner
Grass cutting and trimming services. Locally grown fresh vegetables available both in St. Andrews and at the Downtown Cornwall Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Farmers Food - Darby Wheeler, Owner
Farm fresh eggs, vegetables, chicks and pickled eggs will be available both at the farm gate on Island Road in St. Andrews West and at the Downtown Cornwall Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
AT Carpentry - Alain Therriault, Owner
The art of wood turning creates beautiful wooden pens, bowls and other items. Purchase for yourself or as a gift. Items will be available at the Cornwall Farmers Market in coming weeks.
Fallwind Jewellery - Leah Wells, Owner
Handmade beaded and metal clay earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Unique jewellery designed by the owner, or custom designed at your request.
J.T. Woodworking - Jamie Terrance, Owner
Located on Cornwall Island, J.T. Woodworking specializes in small furniture pieces, birdhouses, shelves and other items for use in your home, outdoor space or cottage.
Summer Company provides young people between the ages of 15 and 29 with an opportunity to run their own summer business. With hands-on business coaching, mentoring from local business leaders and up to $3,000 in financing, Summer Company helps turn ambitious students into entrepreneurs.
Summer Company is administered in Cornwall, S, D and G and Akwesasne by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.