Applications open for Summer Company entrepreneurial program

By Roderick Benns

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The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is pleased to offer the Summer Company program to local students for its fifteenth year in a row.

Summer Company is a program funded by the Government of Ontario to foster and develop the entrepreneurial spirit in students between the ages of 15 to 29. The program provides hands-on training, mentorship and financial grants of up to $3000.

KLSBEC will work with six students to turn their business ideas into a reality. In many cases, summer businesses have turned into full-time, year-round businesses that continue to operate today.

Student businesses in the past have included property maintenance, hand crafted products, music and swimming lessons and dog walking. Along with mentoring and training sessions that are part of the Summer Company program, the students-turned-entrepreneurs will coordinate their time to meet clients needs and generate some initial business income.

Applications are open for 2021. For information about the Summer Company program to apply for summer 2021, click here. The deadline for applications is May 23.

If you have any questions about the program and need support completing the application process, please contact Sandy Greenberg, Economic Development Officer – Small Business Programs, at 705-928-4431 or .

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