Summer Company Program Supports Young Entrepreneurs
Eight student entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 29 have launched a local business this summer through the Government of Ontario’s 2021 Summer Company program. Administered in Greater Sudbury by the Regional Business Centre, Summer Company provides practical training, mentoring and start-up grants of up to $3,000 to successful applicants.
“Congratulations to all the beneficiaries of this year’s Summer Company program,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “The young entrepreneurs of today are the business leaders of tomorrow, and I am so impressed by the ingenuity and acumen of these students. I urge all Greater Sudbury residents to get out and support their local businesses.”
HVTP Fitness – Jacob Jovanovich
Jacob Jovanovich wants his clients to feel unstoppable when it comes to their fitness goals. With help from HVTP fitness, you can level up your home workouts with bodyweight training. This business teaches clients a method of training that incorporates elite bodyweight movements with compact equipment that makes getting in shape convenient for any fitness level, no matter where you are!
Phone: (705) 280-7989
Nini’s Pawdicure - Annie Simon
Annie Simon is running a dog care business where she provides dog walking and dog grooming. The business operates from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays with occasional weekend bookings. Annie’s service is unique because of her competitive prices and versatility. She provides services that leave dog owners satisfied with the extra love she offers their pets.
Facebook: Nini’s Pawdicure
Shutt'er Up Photography – Annie Duncan
Annie Duncan’s business offers quality photography services such as wedding, engagement, pregnancy, and newborn photo shoots on location, at an affordable price. With her background as a photojournalism student, Annie captures candid moments between loved ones that are unique and genuine. Her business also offers corporate and product photography services, as well as videography and video editing.
Facebook: Shutt'er Up Photography
The Peach Pit – Natasha Gosselin
The Peach Pit is a fully vegan food truck, focused on providing healthy plant-based alternatives that are both convenient and affordable for plant and meat eaters alike. As a vegan herself, Natasha Gosselin is inspired to add to the variety of options available locally for other plant-based foodies and anyone else looking to discover new nutritious and delicious choices.
Wonder Works – Kathryn Rondina
Wonder Works is a local business that sells jewelry using genuine stones, pearls, and crystals. These handmade products include earrings and necklaces offered in gold-filled and sterling silver options that are perfect for those with sensitive skin. These metals create durable, high quality jewelry products with the added bonus of still being affordable. Creating a variety of styles to accommodate personal preferences, Wonder Works also offers custom designed jewelry to satisfy every customer.
Texas Horseshoe Company – Denver Roney
What sets Denver Roney’s business apart is his emphasis on quality craftsmanship. His business manufactures Texas Horseshoe games, offering outdoor fun for all ages. Two to four players take turns tossing washers from a distance of three metres (10 feet). The goal is to sink the washers into holes in the playing board. Customers have the option of customizing the colours of the set pieces to make the game truly their own.
Green T – Zackary Jordan
Zackary Jordan is helping make composting a breeze with his business. Green T is an all-natural product designed to tackle odours and pests in the compost bin. Enjoy fresh and pest-free compost using a simple inexpensive solution.
Custom Makes – Josiah Poxleitner
Josiah Poxleitner makes high quality hardwood gift items such as custom engraved coasters and camp signs. If you have a special occasion this summer in celebration of a friend or family member, consider Custom Makes and their one of a kind wood items. Josiah’s products are self-designed and created using CNC machining and are sanded, stained, and varnished by hand. Custom Makes strives to create products that are strong, durable, and unique.
About Summer Company
Through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Summer Company provides student entrepreneurs with skills and start-up funding.
To participate in the program, secondary and post-secondary students must develop a realistic and comprehensive business plan and operate their business during the summer as their main source of employment.
Business coaching and mentoring from local business leaders provide participants with the skills they need to succeed, and is a key component of the program.
For more information about Summer Company, call the Regional Business Centre at 705-688-7582 or visit regionalbusiness.ca/summercompany.