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CEDC Congratulates Successful 2013 Summer Company Applicants

Event date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 10:00 AM
Location: CEDC

July 10, 2013 – Eleven Thunder Bay students have received approval to participate in the 2013 Summer Company program. The participants met at the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) today for orientation, workshops and to meet their program mentors.

The successful applicants are:

  • Andrew Potter - Boreal Wood Creations, wood construction
  • Diandra Singh - Redeeming Dance School, teaching youths stomp and other dance
  • Greg Rondeau - Greenstone - Superior Landscaping, grass cutting and other misc small jobs;
    painting and clean up
  • Kelin Ainsworth - K and A Lawncare, lawn cutting, trimming and general lawn
  • Lynne Buzzi - Lynne Buzzi Jewelry, jewelry manufacturing and sales
  • Mehdi Syed - DARK HERON graphics, design studio, graphic design, business marketing and
  • Michael Coccimiglio - Tech-No Problems, computer services and training
  • Nathaniel Stonehouse - Nate's Custom Graphic Design, vinyl cutting for t-shirts and vehicles
  • Shawna Heyder - Bay Pottery, ceramic manufacturing and sales
  • Taylor Green - Bay of Thunder, merchandising, tourism and youth
  • Travis Kjellmen - TMK Lawns and Services, lawn cutting, trimming and misc small jobs

The Summer Company program provides each applicant up to $3,000 and the opportunity to start their very own business and to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The program is open to all Ontario students between 15 and 29, who are returning to school in the fall. It can help bring ideas to life. It’s exciting and highly rewarding and will give the participants the chance to be their own boss.
The program includes hands-on coaching and mentoring from business people in the community who volunteer their time. When it comes to actually getting the company up and running, the program provides each participant up to $1,500 and approximately 12 hours of training to help get them started. When they have successfully completed the program at the end of the summer, the program provides up to $1,500 for their return to school.

Visit the Summer Company website at  for more information or contact Stacia Kean- Development Officer, CEDC at 625-3972.

About CEDC:
The CEDC is responsible for business development, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and the collection and assessment of key business data. The CEDC receives formal proposals for projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors.
Located within CEDC’s administrative office, the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre provides seminars, workshops and free, confidential business counselling services to new and existing small businesses.
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