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Summer Company 2020

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre proudly launches its annual Summer Company program on June 3rd, 2020. The launch will be virtual this year and be done over Zoom. This is a particularly special year for the small business centre as it celebrates 20 years of delivering the Summer Company program. A Birthday Bash is planned for August 20, 2020.

This year 6 young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss this summer. The number is slightly less because of the effect of COVID-19. The entrepreneurs will use their creative genius to successfully operate their businesses this summer.

The Summer Company is funded by the Government of Ontario. The program provides hands-on business training and mentoring. The students are awarded up to $3,000. These funds help enterprising young people start up and run their own summer business.

The participants will receive:

  • An award of up to $1,500 in early summer to help with business start-up costs, and an additional $1,500 award in the fall upon the successful completion of their Summer Company business and proof of returning to school
  • An opportunity to meet every 2 weeks with a local business mentoring group for support and advice on operating their summer business.

This year’s Summer Company participants include:

Lauren Baker – Scarlett & Sage Candles, Augusta Township, ON
Lauren will manufacture natural coconut soy candles with a crackling wooden wick. The product is vegan, gluten free, toxin free, paraben free, phthalate free and comes from renewable sources. The fragrance oils I use are a more natural option because they contain different blends of essential oils which are phthalate and paraben free. The wooden wicks are eco-friendly, clean burning and made from FSC Certified Wood. Lauren’s candles are available online and by mail scarlettsagecandles@gmail.com or by phone at 613-640-1928. Instagram & Facebook: @scarlettsagecandles.

Brandon Hardy – Outerhood Productions, Augusta Township, ON
Brandon will provide video and photo promotional content for businesses who have and want to have an online presence to promote their business. Videos will include original sound tacks developed to better deliver the video and its contents. Brandon sees the opportunity to capitalize on the current situation that is demanding more businesses to have an online presence and the ability to sell their products online. Brandon can be reached at brandon@outerhood.ca or 613- 802-3183. Facebook @outerhoodProductions.

Jacob Kirkham – Lumber2Lathe, North Grenville, ON
Jacob will manufacture a collection of wooden gifts; including duck calls, bowls, rings and coasters. These items will be made from maple, black walnut and different types of wood using a lathe and other tools. These items are ideal gifts for special occasions. Jacobs products will be available on Facebook and you can reach him at lumber2lathe@gmail.com or 514-347-0316 and Facebook: Lumber 2 Lathe.

Alison Eyre – Oak Leaf Road Produce, Athens, ON
Alison will grow and sell locally grown produce providing fresh, healthy produce to customers and fresh cut flowers for people to enjoy throughout the summer. Produce available is carrots, corn, cucumbers and tomatoes. Allison’s products will be available at farm gate and at the Brockville Farmer’s Market. You can reach Alison at oakleafroadproduce@gmail.com or 613-246-6833. Facebook & Instagram @oakleafroadproduce.

Samantha Hare – Beauty Beads, Elizabethtown-Kitley, ON
Samantha creates unique items with glass beads, crystals and pendants. The jewellery pieces will have options for using essential oils and/or be creative keepsakes for clients to enjoy or to gift to a loved one. Samantha will produce a selection of bracelets including select pieces with silicone beads for babies and their mothers to enjoy and assist with teething issues, plus soother clasps. Samantha’s items will be available via her Facebook page or online at Beauty Inside Day Spa. She can be reached at 613-803-6904 or beauty.beads@outlook.com and on Instagram: Beautybeads.soulfulcreations.

Kai Rabuka – Rabuka Yard Works, North Grenville, ON
Rabuka Yard Works is a small landscaping and yard maintenance company that provides residential or commercial lawn maintenance in the North Grenville, Merrickville, Manotick, North Gower areas. You can reach Kai at 613-406-8268 or rabukayardworks@gmail.com and Facebook @rabukayardworks.