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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:


Business Name


Faith Begbie Faith & Hope Promotions Event planning & promotion
Ryan Gerrard VHS for Life Media format conversion services
Ben Hanke Kawartha Web Design Web design for trades people
Alex Kaczmarek Alex’s Hot Dog Stand Hot dog & sausage stand
Christina Kylie Stellar Pixels Studio Web design for small businesses
Rebecca Love Need a Nerd Tech training & support for seniors
Iain MacKenzie Aerial Visuals Photography Aerial photography
Josh McLaren 4Leaf Forge Blacksmithing Ironwork products & lessons
Cameron Ogden Undergrad Property Maintenance Exterior property maintenance
Bryce Porter S.O.S. Tech Support Software-based tech support & lessons
Brandon Root Unsound Electronics Workshop Music equipment repair & modification
Vivian Sim Peterborough Student Driveway Sealing Driveway sealing
Greg Smith Clear Lake Lawns Landscaping and lawn care
Patrick Stephen Stephen Digital – Photography – Films Photography & videography
Alex Watson Student Grocery Delivery Grocery 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.