Summer Company students turn ideas into profit-making ventures

June 9, 2016   ·   0 Comments

This summer, eight enterprising young entrepreneurs will learn what it’s like to be their own boss thanks to Summer Company 2016.

The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), in partnership with the Province of Ontario, is once again offering this exciting program to provide local youth with funding and guidance as they start up and run their own summer companies. The program provides students aged 15 to 29 with grants of up to $3000 to start up and run their businesses. In addition to the funding provided, students receive mentorship and training from a group of dedicated and expert business leaders to help ensure the success of their ventures.  Eligible students can receive up to $1,500 to help cover the expenses associated with running a business, including marketing, equipment, and supplies. At the end of the summer, and upon returning to school, students who have successfully completed the program can receive another $1,500 award.  All business profits made throughout the summer belong to the student.

The Summer Company program has been co-ordinated by the Orangeville & Area SBEC since 2005. Fifty-one successful entrepreneurs have completed the program by launching their own summer businesses. Many participants have continued to operate their enterprises and have become full-time business owners.

New this year is an exciting partnership between the Summer Company Program and Staples stores all across Ontario.  The Staples Summer Company event will showcase the 2016 program participants and promote their businesses while providing each young business owner with exposure to a large customer base.  In Orangeville, Staples will be hosting the local 2016 participants at 88 First Street  on Wednesday, June 29th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  this showcase provides a great opportunity to learn more about our young entrepreneurs.

This year’s summer businesses include:

Student Services: Lawn Care and Odd Jobs 

Alex Adams owns and operates Student Services: Lawn Care and Odd Jobs and offers a full range of lawn maintenance services including lawn cutting, lawn aeration, trimming, seeding, fertilization and maintenance.  He will also provide property clean-up, gardening, planting, mulching, and small and odd jobs.  No job is too big or too small for this entrepreneur. Reliable, industrious and hard-working,

Alex will ensure his clients’ properties are taken care of in a professional and exacting manner.

D’Bees Naturals – Body Products

D’bees Naturals is owned and operated by Deborah Dapaah, who will manufacture and sell all natural, personal products including body butters, lip balms, bath bombs, soaps, deodorant powders, toothpaste powders, face masks, body scrubs, beard balms, hair oils and more. All ingredients in D’bees Naturals products are safe for both body and the environment. D’bees products will be available at area farmers’ markets and events as well as on Deborah’s website.

The Garden Keeper 

A lifelong gardening enthusiast, Meghan Craughwell is turning her passion to profit by offering full garden care services to residents across the county.  The Garden Keeper provides garden and flower bed maintenance to areas around Hockley Valley, including Caledon, Orangeville, Mono, Mulmur, and Adjala. Services include weeding, watering, mulching, edging, deadheading, propagating and moving plants, as well as other gardening services at the customer’s request.

Blakkfinn & Co. – Men’s Shorts

Gentlemen, prepare for a stylish summer with Blakkfinn & Co. – a lifestyle and men’s designer shorts company launched by Devon de Langley. Following a rising fashion trend in tapered shorts, Blakkfinn & Co.’s shorts are crafted with care and quality by a popular menswear manufacturer.

Devon’s products will be available online at  Also, look for Blakkfinn & Co. on Facebook and Instagram.

Epic Ad Marketing

Emily Adams, owner of Epic Ad Marketing, will spend her summer assisting small businesses and start-ups with their marketing activities and helping them to grow their businesses through social media and online advertising. A strong Internet presence is an effective and profitable marketing strategy and Emily will help her customers to capture the positive results that these advertising platforms can achieve. Emily’s social media savvy will serve her customers well, create new and affordable marketing opportunities, and help them to tap into new online audiences as well.

Gettin’ Plastered – Dry Wall Taping

Dry wall taping is not for everyone and Carly Phillips, owner of Gettin’ Plastered, plans to capitalize on that. Carly will take care of her customers’ indoor plastering and repair jobs with skill and precision.  She offers taping, mudding, and sanding for any small job the homeowner has including patch work, repairs, small additions, and household renovations. Gettin’ Plastered offers speedy, reliable and affordable plaster work, ideal for the homeowner who needs a quick but professional fix.

The Dean of Clean – Auto Detailer

Cole Tanner, A.K.A. The Dean of Clean, provides a mobile auto detailing service and will clean vehicles at the customer’s location and convenience. Fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and environmentally-friendly cleaning products, The Dean of Clean offers a flexible, friendly, and customer-oriented approach that will ensure a satisfactory detailing experience for clientele.

Cole’s Ground Service 

Cole Timmins has years of landscaping and property maintenance experience having worked for a professional landscaping establishment. This summer, Cole will strike out on his own with Cole’s Ground Services. This business offers lawn cutting, lawn aeration, trimming, seeding, fertilization, maintenance, and yard clean-up services.  Hard-working Cole plans to offer a broad spectrum of services to his customers and get the job done at an affordable price.

If you are interested in supporting our 2016 Summer Company students, look for them on Facebook or call the SBEC office at 519-941-0440 Ext. 2270.

Ellen Sinclair is the Co-ordinator of the Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre. She can be reached at or 519-941-0440 Ext. 2270.

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