Be your own boss this summer!

The Summer Company program is a local and regional administers by the Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre. This funding program is supported by the Province and provides enterprising young people, aged 15 to 29, with the opportunity to start and run their own summer businesses.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on business coaching, and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with you to make your Summer Company a reality.

How it Works:

Through a program called Summer Company, you can get:

  • start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

Who is eligible

Go to high school, college or university

Live in Ontario

Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Between 15-29 years old (>18 parent/guardian required)

Are not already running a business

Are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program

Are returning to school after the program ends

If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to Summer Company. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected. Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.

You cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.

See our Past Summer Company Participants:

Past Summer Company Participants

2020 Summer Company Participants
Key Components 3D Printing and Design Will is the owner and operator of Key Components 3D Printing and Design. Will designs and 3D prints products that help to improve the golf course turf maintenance industry. Key Components currently offers pocket keys (that can be customized) and bike plow attachments. Items can be purchased through Will’s website at www.keycomponents3d.ca  or viewed on Twitter @keycomponents3d.
Parkdale Lawn Care Noah is the owner/operator of Parkdale Lawn Care, a student-run lawn care company. Services include turf care, lawn cutting, lawn treatment, landscaping, and gardening. Parkdale Lawn Care offers custom scheduling, no contracts, and competitive pricing while meeting client’s needs. Services can be viewed at www.parkdalelawn.com or you can contact Noah at (807) 355-3008.
Static Signal Suits  Meet Marshy, the owner and operator of Static Signal Suits. Marshy will be pulling inspiration from their character designs to create wearable costumes, called fursuits. This process includes creating the mould, casting, and building the costume. View Static Signals Suits on Instagram and on Twitter!
The Art of a Chicken Meet Hailey, the owner and creator of The Art of a Chicken. Hailey is going to be creating and selling her artwork that is inspired by nature and the chickens that she owns. Find The Art of a Chicken on Instagram @theartofachicken to meet the chicks and see the art for sale.
Heartless Zakk is owner of Heartless, a custom clothing business. Zakk will be creating the designs for the business and printing them onto apparel including shirts, sweaters and hats. Over the summer, Zakk hopes to explore the options for purchasing an embroidery machine to expand the apparel designs.
Sargent Swampy Art Meet Jaimie, the owner of Sargent Swampy Art. Jaimie is located in Longlac, and is selling art products that she creates including commission pieces and resin art. Sargent Swampy Art’s items that are more popular include resin rings and resin self-defence keychains. Jaimie intends to donate a portion of her sales to charities in her community. Find Sargent Swampy Art on Facebook @ Sgt Swampy Art and on Instagram @ sgt.swampy.art.
2019 Summer Company Participants
  • Tyler: Tyler’s Tune Ups
  • Kohl: The Lawn Doc T-Bay
  • Manny: Superior Mobile Detailing
  • Tyson: True Shine Window Cleaning
  • Zachary: Super Green Lawn Care
  • Chase: Chase’s Crafts
  • Julaine: Lazy Pearl
  • Daisy: Superior Cards
  • Kevin: Plex Design & Development
2018 Summer Company Participants

Jordyn Calderon – Calderon Baking – Desserts made to order – calderonbaking@gmail.com  |  (807) 631-8543  |  Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/CalderonBaking1/   |  Instagram: @CalderonBaking  

Ian Campbell – Film Converters – Film and photograph digitization – filmconverters@gmail.com 

Andrew Faulkner – ISO Studios – High quality corporate video and photography services – andrewefaulkner@gmail.com |  (807)632-8271  |  https://andrewfaulkner.ca/ www.youtube.com/channel/UCXNP0RG7Yzj9BXNpfesnyrw

Brianna Fiddler – OnyxBri Art – Mixed media artwork Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onyxbri.art  Instagram: @onyxbri.art    https://www.onyxbri.com/ 

Krishna Jani – Superior Marketing – Digital and traditional marketing services – superiormarketingtbay@gmail.com  |  (807)356-6808  |  Instagram: @superiormarketingtbay

Jesse Leach – C-Clear – Window and Exterior Cleaning Building maintenance services – cclearexterior@gmail.com  (807)631-4119  |  https://www.facebook.com/CClearwindowandexterior/

Jacob Luczak – Luczak’s Wrestling and Conditioning – Wrestling classes, technical instruction and high intensity training – jacobwrestling@outlook.com   |  (306)807-0057  |  Facebook: @LuczakWrestling

Aidan Marchant  -River Forge – Let me hammer out your details – www.river-forge.com  |  aidanmarchant1@gmail.com  |  (807)632-6905  |  Instagram: @river_forge

Jenna Mayor – Superior Show Jumping – Coaching riders and horses for the sport of competitive show jumping superiorshowjumping@gmail.com   |  (807)629-2960  |  Instagram: @superiorshowjumping

Nicole Mighton – Nicole’s Creative Customs – Upcycled and refurbished furniture and housewares  https://www.facebook.com/NicolesCreativeCustoms   email: nm.creativecustoms@gmail.com

Eraj Rehman S- UDS Bath Company – Organic and eco-friendly bath bombs – sudsbathcompany@gmail.com

Paw’leh Shan – Clean Paws – Building and residential indoor cleaning services 

2017 Summer Company Participants

Sierra Boire Rose River Pesticide and GMO free succulent plants in upcycled pots

 Grace Francis Constructive Multimedia Photography (807)633-7055 | constructivemultimedia@hotmail.com

Caleb Garrow-Ledoux Caleb’s Lawn Care Lawn and yard maintenance

Jordan Kelly Kelly Construction Landscaping and construction (807)631-8429 | jordankellyjk@gmail.com

Matthew O’Reilly O’Reilly Fine Arts Ceramic and painting (807)633-8068 | mjoreil@lakeheadu.ca www.oreillyfinearts.com facebook.com/m.o.finearts

Erik Tillberg and Andrew Austin Snagme Ride sharing application (807)621-2932 | erik@snagme.ca | andrew@snagme.ca www.snagme.ca facebook.com/SnagMeApp

Tyler Lesschaeve True View Property Services Lawn and window cleaning services (807)620-4568 | tylerlesschaeve@hotmail.com

Cameron Murray Murray’s Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance Lawn and yard services (807)622-5151 | dcmurray@tbaytel.net

Robert Haynes Blue Truck Pizza Mobile Pizza Stand (807)707-1877

Justin Nadon Justicks Thunder Bay Refurbishing and restoring hockey sticks (807)356-2929 | jcnadon29@hotmail.com

Marco Palermo Marco’s Mowing Lawn and yard services (807)630-4027 | marcoguidopalermo@gmail.com facebook.com/marcosmowing

Thomas Veneruz Grass Master Lawncare and yard services (807)631-2946 | tveneruz37@hotmail.com

Keander Smith Keanders Custom Carpentry Building and selling custom furniture (807)633-4384 | keandersmith@hotmail.com

Madison Steadwell Tribal Change Eco friendly and ethical t-shirts (807)627-3382 tribalchangeco@gmail.com

Carly Schultz Luminary heART Original artwork through painted canvas (807)631-9354 luminaryheart@gmail.com

Brandon Rodeghiero Royal Wizards Production Filmography (807)474-1293

2016 Summer Company Participants

Tracy Barry  The Nest Studio  Created works of art (807)621-5310 tracybarry@theneststudio.ca 

Jordan Bellinger Superior Northshore Designs Custom 3-D carving (807)578-7747 superiornorthshoredesign@gmail.com

Mary Black Northern Wildflowers Handmade Quilts (807)621-7196 mary@northernwildflowers.com

Stevie Anne Clark Full Plate Prep Health meal preparation (807)633-0986 fullplateprep@gmail.com 

Marc Degagne Degagne Lawn Care Lawncare (807)631-8701 degagneyardcare@gmail.com

Christina Foresto Clean Sweep Professional home organization (807)472-1975

Christopher Krasnichuk Innovative Circuit Development Idea and circuit concept development (807)633-6468 chris@icdevelopment.io 

Lahama Naeem  Henna Harmony  Henna tattooing (807)355-4430 lahama.neem@gmail.com

Aja Mayor Upcycle Furniture Furniture refurbishing (807)632-2247 ajamayer@icloud.com

Dustin Miller Dustin’s Lawncare Service Lawncare

Adam Poulter Superior Student Lawn & Home Lawn and homecare services (807)620-7207 adam@superiorstudent.com

Kyle Salmon Salmon Summer Lawn Care Service Lawncare (Nipigon, Red Rock, and Lake Helen) (807)630-7707 kylesalmon19@hotmail.com

Ashley Whistle Ashley’s Little Rabbitry Rabbit petting zoo (807)630-8638 ashley_whistle@hotmail.com Facebook

2015 Summer Company Participants

Zach Adams Zach’s Yard Maintenance Lawncare

Alexa Bohemier AB Creative Designs Original artistic clothing www.facebook.com/alexabohemiercreativedesigns

Bisma Iqbal Bisma’s Photography Family photography and promotional videos 

Colin Maronese Edge Coating Powder coating www.facebook.com/EdgeCoating

Casey McFadyen Casey Mathematics Online and in-person math tutoring 

Spencer Rideout Rideout’s Tackle Hand-made fishing lures www.facebook.com/RideoutsTackle

Justin Sauer Justin’s Lawn & Snow Lawncare including fertilizing, seeding, and grass cutting

Anirudh Shahi Flying Birdie Badminton Camp Badminton camp  www.facebook.com/pages/Flying-Birdie-Badminton-Camp/478250772326687

Teagan Smeltzer Hello Wreaths Unique hand-crafted wreaths 

Dalton Sparks Iron Giant Strength & Conditioning Personal training and strength coaching 

Stephanie St. Jacques Canaan Apiculturalist – natural beauty products made with beeswax

2014 Summer Company Participants

Cory Bagdon Port Arthur Woodcraft Fine furniture and custom cabinets

Shannon Dobson Unleashed Photography Pet photography

Frank Felice Evergreen Landscaping Lawncare and landscaping

Gillian House A + G Sealing Driveway sealing and maintenance

Ryan Keleher Northern Professional Research Company Research and project management for companies serving the legal industry

Jordan Kelso Yellow Jacket Lot Maintenance Sweeping and lawn maintenance

Anthony Laudone CompuTech Onsite computer repairs

Josh McGeown Salus Strength and Weight Management Exercise and lifestyle counselling

Keenan Mihalcin Sunny Slopes Exterior Maintenance Lawncare

Jessica Puddicombe J. Noel Art Original paintings and art classes

Tamara Spence Sleeping Giant Corals  Coral propagation of colourful and healthy SPS, LPS, Zoanthids and soft corals

Melissa Tempelman Bee Well Chocolate Chocolate made with healthy and local ingredients

Richard Wirkkunen Ice Age Games Gaming singles and gaming accessories

Victor Xiao Lakehead Piano Keyboarding lessons for beginners

Alexsis Augustine
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Erika Niva is running a pottery business, known as Keramiikka Maan. The name Keramiikka Maan is Finnish and translates to “Pottery of the Earth”, ultimately connecting Erika’s future career with her Finnish heritage. Erika had first started with pottery through her studies at Lakehead University in the visual arts program in 2017. Since then she had been selling her items off and on, but finally decided to take the leap and start her business.

Joe Newhouse
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Joe Newhouse is the owner of Mariday Mowers and Lawn Care Company. He will be offering services such as raking, lawn mowing, and grass trimming. Joe feels that this type of business is a good way to help out individuals that may not be physically able to mow the lawn themselves. Mariday Mowers is also available for individuals that are unable to complete lawn care tasks themselves or are away from their home often.
Imran Bagha
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Jase Marusyk
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Jase is the owner & operator for Marusyk’s Lawn Care and Pressure Washing in Atikokan, Ontario. Jase’s company provides lawn care services including lawn mowing, gas trimming, minor landscaping projects, and home pressure washing services including, deck paint removal, driveway cleaning, siding, and window washing, and gutter cleaning. Jase provides services on a scheduled rotation or an as-needed basis – depending on what the client prefers. He offers a flexible schedule, as well as catering to shift workers and cabin owners weekend requests as needed.

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