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Students Encouraged to Consider Starting a Small Business this Summer

By Christine Drage
Summer Company Program Graphic. Photo includes a youth entrepreneur leaning over a table with boxes in her hands. Text reads: Summer Company, Apply now

[PETERBOROUGH, ON]: Youth interested in launching and running their own business this summer are encouraged to apply by May 15th to the Summer Company program offered by the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre (BAC). 

“March break is a great time for students to start thinking about summer employment opportunities. While there are many excellent summer jobs available through local employers, students often overlook the opportunity to launch their own business, and Summer Company is a low-risk way for youth to try entrepreneurship,” said Madeleine Hurrell, BAC Manager for Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development. 

The Summer Company Program is the Government of Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program which helps youth aged 15-29 try their hand at business ownership by providing up to $3000 in start-up funding, one-on-one guidance from business advisors, mentorship from local business leaders, access to business workshops, training and resources and ongoing business support. Summer Company is a free youth skills program, and students are encouraged to apply early as there are limited spots available. 

The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre, operated by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, has been the proud program provider of this program for the City and County of Peterborough since 2001.  

The deadline to apply is May 15th, 2023. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit