Meet the Summer Company at July 15 tradeshow

City of St. Catharines press release – Eight Niagara students have started an entrepreneurial journey this summer, turning ideas into real businesses.

Eight students from across the region are going beyond typical summer jobs this year, participating in The Summer Company, a provincial program in partnership with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre. The students, who are between the ages of 15 and 29, are building their entrepreneurial skills through training, mentorship and special events, including a trade show on Monday, July 15/2019, at St. Catharines City Hall.

“Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. The Summer Company is a chance to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of our future business leaders,” said Rob Belchior, the small business consultant at the City’s Enterprise Centre. “The students have great ideas and their enthusiasm is matched with some experienced and knowledgeable mentors in the community who can help them on their journey.”

Summer Company has been providing opportunities for students for nearly 20 years. Last year the program, which runs from the end of May to the beginning of September, provided $30,000 to local applicants which resulted in student-led businesses achieving more than $85,000 in sales.

This round of young entrepreneurs is building summer start-ups in a variety of fields, including videography, an arts and music summer camp, and service and retail ventures. One participant is launching a 48-chapter novel they have written, while another is selling reusable produce bags at two Niagara farmers’ markets.

The public is invited to meet the students during a Summer Company Tradeshow scheduled to take place Monday, July 15, in the Atrium Room (third floor) at City Hall, 50 Church St. Drop in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to learn more about their businesses and to help the young entrepreneurs gain exposure in the community and learn skills such as networking and communications.