Summer Company 2014 Looking for Student Entrepreneurs

March 10, 2014
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Here’s a recipe for success: Take something you have a passion for, create a business plan, obtain a $3,000 grant and be your own boss for the summer.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? That is exactly what “Summer Company” is all about.

The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC) is now accepting applications for Summer Company 2014, and if past years are any indication, the program will once again prove to be popular in the Cornwall region.

Any student who lives in Cornwall, S.D. & G. or Akwesasne is eligible, provided that you are between the ages of 15 and 29 and will be returning to school in the fall.

Summer Company is a program sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment (MEDT&E) and administered by the CBEC, which assists students in starting and running your own business through the summer months.  Participants receive hands on business training and are matched to mentors who help guide you through the business stages, and assist with questions you may have. Each Summer Company participant can receive up to $3,000 to start your own business.

“Summer Company is an exciting opportunity for students to do something they love, learn about the business world first hand, and make money,” said Business Consultant Candy Pollard. “Not only does the student get to be their own boss, and receive start-up funding, they also gain valuable entrepreneurial skills as they turn their business idea into a reality.”

The Summer Company Program has seen a great deal of success in Cornwall and S.D. & G.

In the past 6 years, 41 local students have opened and successfully run their own businesses, and each has received the maximum grant of $3,000.

Summer Company 2014 has a maximum capacity of 15 participants, therefore interested students are encouraged to visit for more information regarding eligibility and program requirements and/or to fill out an initial application.

Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre staff are available for assistance in completing applications and answering questions.  Contact the Centre by calling 613-933-0074 ext. #2276 or email

The May 22 deadline is quickly approaching, therefore students are encouraged to act now.

About the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre

The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre helps small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in Cornwall, Akwesasne, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry by offering information, tools and support during start‐up and growth stages of business operation. The Centre also offers seminars, workshops and networking opportunities that are designed with the entrepreneur in mind.

Please visit for more information.

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The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is operated by Cornwall Economic Development in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment.

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