It may be hard to believe, but another summer has almost come to an end, meaning the end of another great year of Summer Company at Peterborough Economic Development. The thirteen diverse Summer Company businesses experienced first hand the challenges and successes of becoming an entrepreneur. As Summer Company Coordinator, I had the pleasure of watching the Summer Company business owners grow personally and professionally over the course of the summer and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the future.
For Zoe of Fletching Farms, this summer meant early mornings tending to chickens, learning to build chicken tractors, and preparing her farm for a visit from Caley Bedore and CHEX TV. Her farm was a social media darling, as she posted photos, contests, and popular “chicken selfies.”
For Laurence of Emery Photography, Summer Company was an opportunity to expand his equipment capabilities, allowing him to capture beautiful moments including weddings in photographs and videos. Spending time editing videos and photos allowed Laurence to develop and perfect his own personal style, which he looks forward to continuing to use in the future.
For Tomas of Casas Maintenance, the summer presented an interesting struggle – how does one cut grass when the ground is so dry that nothing can grow? His work ethic and determination kept him going (and any forecast of rain helped)!
Like Tomas, Alexa also felt the heat this summer from the dry conditions, meaning Boundary Bounty’s farm fresh veggies needed more care and watering during the growing stage. Her small farm, which features a large variety of vegetables, flourished and she currently spends her days selling her corn, tomatoes, zucchinis and more to customers from her farm stand. She will continue to sell vegetables into the fall, and looks forward to selling pumpkins and other autumn produce.
Sylvie was able to gain valuable experience in the fashion industry, an industry she hopes to work in in the future through her clothing line, Jaspy Clothing. Through the summer she enjoyed creating unique, up-cycled clothing which allowed her to express her style and create environmentally friendly pieces.
Jessica continued with the environmentally friendly theme with her business, Random Acts of Green. Jessica achieved lots of success this summer, most notably her viral “Pokemon Go Clean Up” event. Jessica successfully organized this event, which brought together Pokemon trainers to catch Pokemon and clean up the city. She was able to gain numerous sponsors and garnered media coverage including CBC and CHEX. Outside of this event, Jessica continues to inspire others to be #green, through her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
This summer, Zan was able to work on two endeavours she is passionate about, Ukulele and jewelry, through her businesses Silver Linings Designs and Happy Uke Group. She was able to express herself creatively through weekly Ukulele groups and the creation of jewelry for sale at community events including Hootenanny on Hunter and the Peterborough Ex.
Also at these events was SarahAnn of Face Makeup Service, who developed her love of makeup into a mobile make up artistry business. This business evolved from focusing on makeup, to include a newfound love, face paint. You might have seen SarahAnn this summer creating beautiful and unique face paintings across the city.
Also creating beautiful and unique pieces was David, who spent the summer learning about business as he created one-of-a-kind, upcycled wood instruments as well as pieces of art through his business, East City Studios. His musical instruments and pieces of art grabbed the attention of many and he experienced success showcasing his pieces of art at festivals and events around the city.
Devin was able to expand his clientele and develop new skills as the summer continued, making sure he always took pride is his work at Victoria Maintenance and Repair Services. He often talked about how satisfying it is to see a smile on a customer’s face after a job-well done.
Trevor of Student Shredders developed new business relationships, as his shredding business led him to meet with numerous businesses in the area. His industrial strength shredder meant that no job was too big, and he has spent countless hours this summer destroying confidential documents for customers, always with professionalism and a smile.
Michael stayed incredibly busy this summer, as word of mouth helped Boden Contracting grow. His hard work ethic and willingness to learn allowed him to complete a variety of tasks both large and small for a variety of community members as requests for his services grew.
Grace spent her summer baking amazing treats for brides and families in Peterborough. Her summer as owner of Yum Yum Cakes was a busy one, as orders filled her days, and she was even able to give Caley Bedore and Mike Judson a decorating lesson on CHEX Daily.
While each student’s summer was unique, they each experienced success and learned what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Many of them will continue their businesses into the school year so it’s not too late to support these amazing young entrepreneurs. And if you’re interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial path yourself – the Business Advisory Centre has you covered with support for business owners of every age at every stage of business growth.