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Summer Company program develops skills and builds confidence

September 2, 2015 - As young people prepare to return to school next week, 14 students from across Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton are heading back to class having gained invaluable knowledge and experience running their own businesses over the summer.

Summer Company, a unique program offered through the Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC), gives students an opportunity to work with mentors to develop and run their own businesses each summer.

“For more than a decade we have been offering students the opportunity to run their own businesses through the Summer Company program,” explained Diane Steven, Manager of KLSBEC. “The students get to work with mentors, gain valuable practical and hands-on experience and receive $3,000 in grant money from the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure as part of the program.”

While the types of businesses vary from year to year, the goal of providing students with an unforgettable entrepreneurial experience remains the same.

“The Summer Company program is all about the experience for our young people,” said Karyn Dowdall, Youth Program Coordinator for KLSBEC, “Some students will continue to run their businesses at the conclusion of their time in the program and others may decide that entrepreneurship is not for them. Regardless, the skills and experience they gain over the summer builds confidence and builds resumes.”

KLSBEC and the Summer Company participants are fortunate to have a diverse group of mentors to support for the students. The 2015 mentors included Andy Letham, Colin Campbell, Mike Janke, Heather Chapman, John Murphy, Ari Zider, John Chambers, Paul Beevor, Brian Snowdon, Michelle Gage and Andrew Holden.

“The key component of the program is the mentor-participant connection,” said Ms. Dowdall. “Students learn from mentors who have real business experience and are successful professionals from the community.”

KLSBEC is currently seeking mentors from a variety of business backgrounds to join the mentor team in 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about the Summer Company program or participating in 2016 please contact the KLSBEC at 705-324-9411 Ext. 1283

Left to right: TOP Travis Geer, Noelle Ursel, Adam Saville, Josh Wood, Aaron Saville, Lana Cole, Megan Brohm. Bottom: Tyler Twigger, Cole Sheehey, Justin Schofield, Caleigh Heptinstall, Zac Youngdale. Missing: Nathan Bottomley and Jessica Mazara

Left to right: TOP Travis Geer, Noelle Ursel, Adam Saville, Josh Wood, Aaron Saville, Lana Cole, Megan Brohm,

Bottom: Tyler Twigger, Cole Sheehey, Justin Schofield, Caleigh Heptinstall, Zac Youngdale

Missing: Nathan Bottomley and Jessica Mazara

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For further information, please contact:

Diane Steven
Manager, KLSBEC
705-324-9411 extension 1283
dsteven@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

 

What is KLSBEC? We provide information and tools in support of the entrepreneurs’ needs to start and grow their businesses. Operating as an arm of the Economic Development Department of the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Centre is a one-stop source for business information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business – for both start-up and growing businesses.

About Economic Development

The Economic Development office at 180 Kent Street in Lindsay provides business support services to all business sectors; with an emphasis on agriculture, tourism, business retention & expansion, innovation, arts, culture and heritage, small business and entrepreneurship.

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