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Ten new student-run businesses launched through Summer Company program

August 18, 2016 - The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is excited to welcome ten new young entrepreneurs who are operating their own businesses as participants in the Summer Company program.

“The Summer Company program offers students aged 15-29 training, mentorship support and the opportunity to receive up to $3,000 to kick start a summer business,” explains Diane Steven, Manager, Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre. “This summer we have an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs operating new businesses in Kawartha Lakes and surrounding areas.  It hasn’t been easy, especially with extreme heat this summer, but each have found ways to grow their business in a very short period of time.”

The key component of the program is the mentor-participant connection. Students learn from mentors who have real business experience and are successful business professionals from the community.  KLSBEC is currently seeking mentors from a variety of business backgrounds to join the mentor team.

2016 Summer Company businesses:

Lucas Bondar, Fella with a Ford – Property Maintenance

Keith Burley, Burley Branding

Brooklyn Byleveld, Axefield’s Fresh Produce

Abigail Crook, Lotus Glow Beauty

Kate Gilchrist, Kate’s Kids Camp

Jacob Harbic, Jake of all Trades

Laura Jetten, Laura’s Free Range Poultry

Johnathan Prestwich, Deadbeet Productions

Madeline Selby, Maddy’s Minnows

Hunter Steven, Even Steven Lawn Care Service

Please contact Danielle Boudreau at 705-324-9411 extension 1234 directly or visit the Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre Facebook page for information on how to contact each business.

Those interested in learning more about the program and how to get involved are encouraged to visit the Summer Company website at

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For more information about this project please contact:

Danielle Boudreau
Summer Company Intern, Economic Development
705-324-9411 extension 1234

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