The third annual Summer Company – Staples Youth Entrepreneurship Day of the Ontario government, in association with Staples Canada allows Summer Company students the opportunity to display their businesses skills at 54 Staples locations in Ontario. This initiative helps young entrepreneurs promote their products and services to customers, getting real-time feedback and priceless business experience.
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, said: “It’s exciting to get a glimpse of the entrepreneurial potential of these young people. Every start-up is an experiment with a chance to grow the economy. Our government is committed to building up the entrepreneurial strengths of our youth so they can launch a business and gain an advantage in the highly-competitive global economy.”
Summer Company is a unique program that helps young entrepreneurs start and run their own business over the summer. The program provides students aged 15-29 with hands-on business training, mentorship from local business leaders, and grants of up to $3,000 to turn their ideas into a business.
Steve Matyas, President, Staples North American Retail, said” “We are pleased to connect young entrepreneurs with our customers through this engaging initiative we’ve been hosting for the past three years. This is an opportunity for Summer Company students to promote their summer business and receive feedback from customers. Helping to develop the talent and business skills of our youth is a good investment for our company.”
Supporting the next generation of job creators is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.
- Almost 7,000 students in Ontario have launched a summer business through Summer Company since 2001.
- Summer Company complements Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy by investing in training youth so they can develop their skills and contribute to Ontario’s economic growth.
- Ontario is investing $250 million over the next two years in the renewed Youth Jobs Strategy to serve up to 150,000 more youth. This additional funding will bring the total four-year investment to more than $565 million. – CINEWS