Running your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. This summer, seven young entrepreneurs from across Cornwall and SDG are turning their business ideas into reality with assistance from the Summer Company program.
The official launch event took place on June 30, 2022 inside the civic Complex main hall and was open to the public. The mini trade show featured each student business and provided an opportunity to meet potential new customers in-person.
All seven Summer Company entrepreneurs will be profiled on the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre website:
Hannah Lavictoire – Hannah Lavictoire, Visual Artist
Thomas LeGallais – Swish School
Neika Noel – Bear’s Woof & Wag Dog Wash
Coralie Adams – Qu’Aura’s Crystals
Connor McDougall – Branch Campfire Kits
Bobby Robinson – Baler Bob Custom Work
Connor Armstrong – Armstrong Stump Grinding and Hedge Removal
Funded by the Government of Ontario, and administered by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, Summer Company encourages students to start and run their own business. In return, participants will receive $3,000 in start-up funding assistance along with hands-on coaching and mentoring from local business leaders. These young adults were selected to participate in the program after completing detailed business plans, including marketing and financial projections
“This program provides a great opportunity for our participants to develop entrepreneurial skills while making money at the same time,” said Shauna Baggs, Business Consultant with the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “Through Summer Company, we are helping to develop future community business leaders.”
This year’s Summer Company participants will provide services such as: stump grinding and hay baling, basketball school, campfire kits, visual art, custom mystery crystal packs, and a dog grooming service.
The Summer Company can be a stepping stone for students to continue their businesses through their high school and post secondary years. Additionally, several past Summer Company participants who have finished their studies are now operating successful, full time businesses in our community. Most notably are Essential Esthetics, Crystal’s Beautique Spa and Beauty Lounge and Sandfield Furniture.
About the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre helps small business owners succeed in Cornwall, SDG and Akwesasne by offering information, tools and support. The Centre provides support through seminars, webinars, workshops and networking opportunities that are designed to build a strong entrepreneurial community across our region. Please visit http://www.businessenterprisecentre.ca for more information.
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is funded by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the City of Cornwall Economic Development and SDG Economic Development. The office is located inside the Cornwall Civic Complex.
Provided by CBEC