This summer, Halton Region is offering funding and mentorship to 12 student entrepreneurs through the Summer Company program. A provincial entrepreneurship initiative, Summer Company helps youth between the ages of 15 and 29 run their own summer businesses. The competitive program is co-ordinated locally through the Halton Region Small Business Centre annually and participants are selected from across the region.
Entrepreneurship encourages innovation, job creation and economic growth, which is a part of Halton Region’s four-year Strategic Action Plan. Supporting today’s youth with the tools and guidance they need to bring their business ideas to life will provide a strong economic future for the region.
This year’s Summer Company student participants include:
- Darryl Apple of Oakville’s InFaction Studios is dedicated to providing professional, reliable and reasonably-priced services for clients’ graphic design, motion graphic and illustration needs.
- Marlee Armour of Burlington, Summer Swim Academy offers private Red Cross certified “Swim Kids” swimming lessons, from early June to the end of August.
- Leslie Ashworth of Oakville, Suite Melody Care brings themed musical performances and trivia to long-term care facilities, retirement homes and hospitals.
- Neha Bhasin of Oakville, Summer Soaps Co. brings to market a line of handmade artisan soaps created with natural ingredients.
- Michael Clegg of Oakville, Clegg’s Athletic Program helps you build a better relationship with your body.
- Julia Dedic of Oakville, Jewels by Julia offers creative one-of-a-kind jewelry.
- Lucy He of Oakville Keys to Success Piano & Tutoring offers affordable, high-quality piano lessons and academic tutoring services to children, teens and adults.
- Emily Hollick of Oakville, Golden Years Training & Care specializes in training older adults to become more familiar with social media.
- Stephen Johnson of Oakville, Jeunessis is a five-day program that helps young children become fluent in French.
- William Lomor of Oakville Glen Valley Photography provides affordable high-quality prints for parents wishing to preserve memories of special events in their child’s life.
- Nia O’Brien of Oakville, Nia O’Brien Creations provides unique artwork and handmade jewelry.
- Madeline Webb of Burlington, The Alternative Bakeris a gluten-free and vegan bakery.
Read our students’ biographies to learn more about their individual companies.
Summer Company wouldn’t exist without the expertise and support from the local business community. Offering mentorship to the Region’s 2015 Summer Company participants are:
- Tom Cochrane, Retired Businessman with Oakville Business Advisory Group, Oakville
- Kathleen Dills, General Manager, Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce
- Maralyn Ellis, Entrepreneur, FuturesFound
- Kelsey Leedale, Youth Outreach Worker, YMCA
- Phil Von Massow, Owner of CPL Group, Oakville
- Jayme Moorcroft, Senior Account Manager, Business and Personal, RBC
- Fatima Pereira, Accounting Supervisor, BDO
- Pamela Pereira, Senior Account Manager, Business and Personal, RBC
For more information on the Summer Company Program and the Halton Region Small Business Centre, please visit halton.ca/smallbusiness.
Clegg's Athletic Program, CPL Group, Darryl Apple, Emily Hollick, Glen Valley Photography, Golden Years Training & Care, Halton Region Small Business Centre, InFaction Studios, Jeunessis, Jewels by Julia, Julia Dedic, Keys to Success Piano & Tutoring, Leslie Ashworth, Lucy He, Michael Clegg, Neha Bhasin, Nia O'Brien, Nia O'Brien Creations, Oakville, Oakville Business Advisory Group, Phil Von Massow, Stephen Johnson, Suite Melody Care, Summer Soaps Co., Tom Cochrane, William Lomoro