The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville – Small Business is looking for five capable, independent students to step out and run their own business through the Summer Company program this summer. The program provides grant money, training, mentoring and coaching throughout the summer while students, ages 15 to 29, run their own business. 

Summer Company is celebrating its 24th year and has served over 125 students in the Leeds Grenville area. The program provides hands‑on business training and participants will receive an award of up to $1,500 in early summer to help with business start‑up costs. An additional $1,500 award is received at the end of summer upon the successful completion of their Summer Company business and proof of returning to school. The students receive education on all things related to small business and the opportunity to work with local mentors who will provide support and advice on operating their summer business.

“It’s a great way for students to see if being their own boss is for them, and it looks great on post‑secondary school applications and resumes. This program is low risk because of all of the support provided and life lessons learned in a safe environment,” said Jeanette Johnston, Small Business Development Officer with the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office. “We are excited to lead a new group of young people to greatness.”

Recruitment ends on May 17, 2024, so please inquire today! For more information, visit the Small Business webpage at‑company.

The Small Business Enterprise Centre program services are funded by the Province of Ontario, and in part by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and the City of Brockville.


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