(left to right): Jeanette Johnston, Aiden Sills, Sacha Yakimovich, Dalena Nguyen, Neville Klug, Carol Hardy. Missing from Photo- Lizzie Mussett.

submitted by United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville – Small Business is excited to launch Summer Company 2023. This program is a Small Business flagship program in its 23rd year. This summer, five young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss. The entrepreneurs will use their creative genius and community support to successfully operate their businesses.

The Summer Company program is funded in part by the Province of Ontario. The program provides hands-on business training and mentoring. The participants will receive:

  • An award of up to $1,500 in early summer to help with business start-up costs, and an additional $1,500 award in the fall upon the successful completion of their Summer Company business and proof of returning to school.
  • Education on all things small business and the opportunity to work with local mentors who will provide support and advice on operating their summer business.

This year’s Summer Company participants include:

Neville Klug, Nev’s Sandwiches, Leeds and the Thousand Islands will be creating the ultimate smoked meat sandwich using locally sourced ingredients and a generous hand. You will find Neville at various markets in the region this summer. Neville can be reached by email at [email protected] and by phone at 613-328-1624.

Lizzie Mussett, Liz Pet Inc., Brockville is creating toys and sourcing accessories for the dogs this summer. Watch for a tug toy, a doggie massager and more! Lizzie will be selling online and at local stores in the area. You can reach Lizzie by phone at 613-246-0432 and by email at [email protected].

Dalena Nguyen, Luforia Jewellery, Gananoque will be using her creativity to make jewellery for youth and adults alike this summer. She will be selling at markets in Gananoque and surrounding area. She can be reached [email protected] or 613-532-1072.

Aidan Sills, Hatch Co Exotics and Supplies, Elizabethtown-Kitley breeds geckos and chinchillas and also grows crickets for gecko food and terrarium plants. He will be selling online and at various expos throughout Ontario. He can be reached at [email protected] or 613-213-8919.

Sacha Yakimovich, Golden Sun Herbals, North Grenville will sell creams, ointments and lip balms made from calendula flower oil. It is known to have properties that aid healing. Sacha will sell locally in North Grenville. Sacha can be reached at [email protected] or 343-558-2435.

You can also watch their progress on our socials @lgsmallbusiness – Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and for a full list of our participants, see the Summer Company page on our website.


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