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Young entrepreneurs showcase their innovative businesses through Summer Company at Staples

Event date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

June 25 – Staples Canada has teamed up with three Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) in Ontario to host five public events. One event will be held in Thunder Bay with the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC), two will be held in Kingston and the other two will be in Barrie.  All events will be held between 12 – 4 pm and showcase the Summer Company participants and their businesses.

Staples had a draw for the Summer Company participants to award one of them with a $500 Staples gift certificate. Staples customers are also invited to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount during the event.

“We were excited when Staples approached us to host the event in their store,” said Stacia Kean, Small Business Development Officer ‐ Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC). “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect venue to display what these young enterprising students have to offer.”

“Entrepreneurial spirit is an important part of our business culture here at Staples, “said Pasquale Coccimiglio, General Manager, Staples Thunder Bay. “The Entrepreneur Centre shares our passion for building and cultivating entrepreneurship and preparing youth for a successful future while encouraging the importance of education.” 

Each summer the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC) administers the Summer Company program which is an Ontario Government initiative for youth entrepreneurship and employment.

The program is designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in students 15 to 29 years of age who are returning to school in the fall. In place of a summer job, students have the opportunity to be their own boss.

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

“Summer Company offers students an opportunity to realize their vision,” said Rebecca Johnson, Acting City Mayor. “These exceptional students have taken on the task of getting a business up and running and to make it profitable within a few short months. The valuable business experience will last them a lifetime; they are our future entrepreneurs.”

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 (EC) is ongoing throughout the program.

More information about this program can be obtained at: or by contacting the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC) by email at or by telephone at 625-3960

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston in the United States with offices in Toronto, Canada, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at and

About the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC)
The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay. We exist to offer free and confidential small business counselling services to both new and existing small businesses.

Our services vary from providing information on various business topics to one-on-one consultation with a Small Business Counsellor.

About Summer Company
Summer Company provides hands-on business training and mentoring, and up to $3,000 in awards to help students (aged 15 to 29) start and run their own summer businesses. Participants also keep all profits generated by their business. 

To learn more, visit

For more information:
Madalina Secareanu, Staples Canada 905-737-1147 ex. 2714 or
Stacia Kean, Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC), 807-625-3960 or