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15 New Peterborough Youth Businesses

Today Peterborough Economic Development announced the creation of 15 new Peterborough Youth Businesses. We celebrated our 13th year administrating the Summer Company Program by hosting a media day for the young entrepreneurs at the Silver Bean Cafe.

Summer Company is a youth program offered by the Ontario government which provides students aged 15 to 29 with the opportunity to open and operate their own summer business. Participants are provided with funding, business training, and mentorship.

 Over the past 13 years, Peterborough Economic Development has assisted over 130 young entrepreneurs with their businesses. In total, the 2014 Summer Company Program has launched 940 businesses across Ontario.

2014 Peterborough Summer Company Program Participants:

StudentBusiness NameDescription
Faith BegbieFaith & Hope PromotionsEvent planning & promotion
Ryan GerrardVHS for LifeMedia format conversion services
Ben HankeKawartha Web DesignWeb design for trades people
Alex KaczmarekAlex’s Hot Dog StandHot dog & sausage stand
Christina KylieStellar Pixels StudioWeb design for small businesses
Rebecca LoveNeed a NerdTech training & support for seniors
Iain MacKenzieAerial Visuals PhotographyAerial photography
Josh McLaren4Leaf Forge BlacksmithingIronwork products & lessons
Cameron OgdenUndergrad Property MaintenanceExterior property maintenance
Bryce PorterS.O.S. Tech SupportSoftware-based tech support & lessons
Brandon RootUnsound Electronics WorkshopMusic equipment repair & modification
Vivian SimPeterborough Student Driveway SealingDriveway sealing
Greg SmithClear Lake LawnsLandscaping and lawn care
Patrick StephenStephen Digital – Photography – FilmsPhotography & videography
Alex WatsonStudent Grocery DeliveryGrocery delivery services

Want to be the next Summer Company?

If you are a student between the ages of 15 and 29 returning to high school, college or university, contact Thivjan Tharma, Starter Company Program Coordinator at to learn more about the Summer Company Program.