Skip Navigation

Local Entrepreneurs 2004


Local Student Entrepreneurs Awarded

July 14, 2004

            The Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre (TBEC) is pleased to announce that it has doubled its commitment to youth entrepreneurship by awarding 10 grants of up to $3,000 for students who are starting a summer business as part of the Province of Ontario ¿s Summer Company program, supported by the City of Thunder Bay .  In addition to receiving funding, winners receive mentoring and other assistance from local business leaders.  Out of 15 applicants, the 10 successful candidates were selected based on the quality of their business plans and on interviews and presentations to a selection committee.

            ¿We are very pleased with the level of creativity, commitment, and interest in all aspects of entrepreneurship demonstrated by this year¿s participants,¿ said Margaret Demillo, co-ordinator of the Summer Company program for the TBEC.  ¿With the support of the local community, we feel that all the Summer Company entrepreneurs will gain both experience and money.¿ 

Melody Jewitt, a student at Sheridan College , earned top marks from the selection committee for Red Om Glass, a glass jewelry manufacturing and retail business which she hopes to use as a starting point for a career in jewelry making.  ¿Melody¿s business plan was extensively researched, her knowledge of the field was solid, and her jewelry was beautifully designed and highly marketable,¿ noted Demillo.

Other winners include:

  • Walker Smith for Walker¿s Power Washing, a pressure washing business based in Atikokan
  • Caroline Krisciunas for C&C Creations, a horseback riding equipment and apparel design business to be marketed at horse shows in the Thunder Bay area 
  • Bradey Fox for Fox Bros. Firewood, based in Pass Lake
  • Jesse Shields for Pet Pal, a full-service pet care business, and Rob Sweet for The Pet Butler, specializing in dog waste removal; both are based in Thunder Bay
  • Kevin Squissato for Kevin¿s Contracting, which specializes in satellite upgrade installations, also in Thunder Bay
  • Jay Dilley for Invent Solutions, a business education firm serving the Thunder Bay district, specializing in corporate presentations, educational seminars on business-related topics, and business plan writing
  • Tony McRae for TR Apparel, a clothing label and boutique based in Thunder Bay
  • Arne Stinchcombe for Touch Body Care, which specializes in natural soap making and sales, to be marketed around the Thunder Bay region

For additional information, contact:

Lucas Jewitt, Development Officer ¿ Small Business
Tourism and Economic Development /
Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre
(807) 625-3972