Students Explore the World of Entrepreneurship Through Summer Company Program
Aug 17, 2023
With the support of the Government of Ontario’s 2023 Summer Company Program, eight student entrepreneurs launched their own local businesses this summer.
Facilitated in Greater Sudbury by the Regional Business Centre, Summer Company provides successful applicants with training, mentorship and start-up grants of up to $3,000. The program enables students to explore their entrepreneurial spirit and gain valuable experience in managing their own ventures during the summer months.
“Congratulations to each of the young entrepreneurs who turned their passions into reality with support from the Summer Company program,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre. “Young entrepreneurs and businesses are vital to the growth of our community. I commend them for their ingenuity and hard work and urge Greater Sudbury residents to support our local businesses.”
The cohort of young entrepreneurs evaluated the feasibility of their ideas by developing business plans complete with financial projections and budgeting. Throughout the summer, the students collaborated with the Regional Business Centre team to learn fundamental business principles such as marketing, sales strategies and financial management, which allowed them to effectively promote and sell their products and services within the community.
2023 Summer Company Program Businesses
3D Prints: A New Dimension – Ahmed Abdel-Dayem
Looking for the perfect gift but feeling overwhelmed with the options available? Look no further than 3D Prints: A New Dimension! Ahmed can assist you in crafting unique and personalized gifts, or you can choose from a diverse selection of ready-made designs that are certain to please. Whether you're in need of customized keychains, nameplates, planters or back to school goodies, you are covered. Let 3D Prints: A New Dimension take the hard work out of gift giving so you can focus on what really matters – making memories with your loved ones!
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Island reBrick – Andrew Theijsmeijer
Are you on the hunt for your next LEGO® set or struggling to keep your kids entertained during the last few weeks of summer? Look no further than Island reBrick! Andrew is a master at sourcing, sorting and organizing second-hand pieces into complete sets for purchase. Each set includes all the individual pieces and instructions you need to build your masterpiece, all for a fraction of the cost of buying a new set. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to fuel your love for Lego and get creative.
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Solace Supply – Emma Lapointe
Find comfort in both your mind and your wardrobe. Solace Supply promotes the importance of mental health and inner peace through their cozy sweatpants and hoodies. Whether you're snuggled up on a cool summer night or running errands, Emma’s products provide a sense of comfort and ease. Prioritize your well-being while shopping local with Solace Supply.
Built By HUD – Hudson Cassidy
Upgrade your home décor without breaking the bank! Built by HUD brings you a collection of stunning handcrafted wooden products at an unbeatable price. From birdhouses to pet pens, cutting boards to wall shelves, there is something for everyone! Also, with custom orders available, you can bring your unique ideas to life.
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Handmade Designs by KV – Kaylee Vaillancourt
Transform your home into a stunning sanctuary with Handmade Designs by KV's home decor signs. Elevate your space with our collection of handcrafted wooden and glass signs, perfect for every interior design style. No matter your aesthetic preference, whether it be rustic, vintage or modern, there's an option for you. If you're looking to add some more signs to your home, why not go the extra mile with a handmade one? You can never have enough unique decor!
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Hwy 69 Doggy Daycare – Malcolm Boczek
Last minute summer vacation plans? Struggling to find a place for your furry friend? Hwy 69 Doggy Daycare can help you cross off one more item from your pre-vacation checklist. Located on a large property on the way to Toronto, it not only provides convenience but also plenty of space for your pups to play and relax. There is an option to suit every individual's needs, with both daily daycare services and overnight boarding being readily available. Enjoy your vacation with peace of mind knowing your dog is in good hands!
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Roxy Lip Gloss – Roxane Kamagate
Say goodbye to chapped lips as we welcome the cooler weather with open arms! Thanks to Roxy Lip Gloss, you can enjoy the crisp air without worrying about dry, cracked lips. Their homemade lip glosses, lip scrubs and lip oils are made with all-natural ingredients that not only hydrate and moisturize, but also provide various benefits for your skin. Treat yourself to some self-care products before the winter season arrives.
T R A YY – Tcheli Yao
No more struggling to find the perfect matching sweatsuit! T R A YY has your back with our cozy sweatshirts and sweat shorts in the most gorgeous natural tones. Elevate your loungewear game with these stylish pieces that are perfect for any occasion. With T R A YY's latest collection, stay stylish yet warm and cozy this season.
About Summer Company
Summer Company is a program of the Province of Ontario and is administered by the Economic Development Division’s Regional Business Centre in the Greater Sudbury, Sudbury-East, Manitoulin, and Killarney regions. To participate in this 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. The program provides students with grants of up to $3,000 to assist with business start-up costs. Summer Company provides practical experience along with business coaching and mentoring from local business leaders.
Through Summer Company, the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade assists students across the province as they start up their businesses. For more information about Summer Company, call 705-688-7582 or visit https://regionalbusiness.ca/summercompany/.