Kevin Alinek of Kevin's Cutting and Landscaping received grant money last year through Summer Company.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Young people who are looking for a job this summer now have an opportunity to become their own boss.
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC) is now accepting applications for Summer Company 2014 - a program that provides grants to young people aged 15 to 29 who want to start a business.
Grants of up to $3,000 are available to individuals from Cornwall, SDG and Akwesasne.
“Summer Company is an exciting opportunity for students to do something they love, learn about the business world first-hand, and make money,” said business consultant Candy Pollard. “Not only does the student get to be their own boss, and receive start-up funding, they also gain valuable entrepreneurial skills as they turn their business idea into a reality.”
Summer Company is a program sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment (MEDT&E) and administered by the CBEC, which assists students in starting and running your own business through the summer months.
Participants receive hands-on business training and are matched to mentors.
In the past six years 41 students have opened and successfully run their own businesses, and each has received the maximum grant of $3,000.
Summer Company 2014 has a maximum capacity of 15 participants, therefore interested students are encouraged to visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany for more information regarding eligibility and program requirements and/or to fill out an initial application.
Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre staff are available for assistance in completing applications and answering questions. Contact the centre by calling 613-933-0074 ext. #2276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is this May.