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Young Entrepreneurs Learn through Summer Company

September 2, 2010 – The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre hosted the Summer Company wind-up today. The event was held at the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC).

Summer Company is a grant program funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade through the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre. The program is designed to help enterprising young people, between the ages of 15 and 29, start and run their own summer business while continuing their education.

“Summer Company offers young enterprising students who have a summer business idea the opportunity to realize their vision,” said Karen Honan, Small Business Development Officer - The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre.

Summer Company applicants can earn up to $1,500 to assist with their business start-up costs and up to an additional $1,500 in the fall for completing the program.  Each business owner is required to comply with provincial regulations for Small Business. Mentoring by the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is ongoing throughout the program.

2010 Summer Company participants:
Greer. Jewellery Designs
Contact: Greer Kidnie
Designs original and handmade jewellery

Alexandra's Ice Cream (Pic Mobert First Nation)
Contact: Alexandra Kwissiwa
Ice Cream store with a variety of treats in
Pic Mobert First Nation

Grass and Glass
Contact: Evan O’Connor
Grass Cutting, Window Washing, General labour

Quality Cuts Lawn Care Services
Contact: Michael Parry
Lawn care and labour business

Polasina Inc
Surveillance, Computer and Electronic solutions
Contact: Allen Pan
Electronic repairing/troubleshooting, computer repairing/recovering, security system solutions

BBS Painting Services
Contact: Boris Potoyants
Interior and exterior painting service, staining sheds fences and more

What’s your beef? (Atikokan)
Contact: Gregary Sanders
Affordable beef jerky in Atikokan area

Ryan Stewart Enterprises (Oliver Paipoonge)
Contact: Ryan Stewart
Lawn cutting, garbage removal and minor car repairs

Contact: Sara Strandberg
Airbrush tattoo service, birthday parties and special events

McIntosh Meadows Riding Stables (Geraldton)
Contact: Leena Thibodeau
Horse riding lessons in Geraldton
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.

For more information, visit

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Contact: Karen Honan – Development Officer – CEDC - 807-625-3972 or