Young people can be their own boss this summer

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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 entrepreneurship@cornwall.ca.

The deadline for applications is this May.

Organizations: Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, Summer Company, Ministry of Economic Development

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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