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2016 Summer Company Launch: Thirteen Local Youth Become Their Own Bosses

Group Shot of 13 Student Entrepreneurs participating in Summer Company with Rhonda Keenan (PED President & CEO, Mayor Daryl Bennett, MPP Laurie Scott and Kateryna Tepylo PED Summer Company Coordinator
[PETERBOROUGH, ON]: Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre is pleased to support the creation of 13 new student-owned and operated summer businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas through the Government of Ontario’s Summer Company program. These businesses, listed below, will be connected with training, mentorship and up to $3000 in funding through the program.

A launch event was held earlier today at the Staples location on Park Street in Peterborough, where students were able to showcase their businesses to customers. This was part of Summer Company-Staples Youth Entrepreneurship Day, an Ontario-wide partnership between the Government of Ontario and Staples.“We are proud to provide youth with the opportunity to be their own bosses this summer in a supportive environment,” said Peterborough Economic Development President & CEO, Rhonda Keenan, “Through our Summer Company and Starter Company programs we are able to set young entrepreneurs on the path to success. Last year alone, we connected local youth with over $100,000 in startup funding.”

Summer Company, Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program,   provides students aged 15 to 29 with the opportunity to open and operate their own business over the summer. Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre has been the proud program provider for the City and County of Peterborough for over a decade.

For more information on these inspiring young entrepreneurs, please follow @PtboEcDev on Twitter and join in the conversation about what our youth are up to this summer with the hashtag #PtboYouth and #SummerCompany.