Nine students start businesses under Summer Company program

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Nine local youths are now operating their own firms under Summer Company. The young entrepreneur program provides grants and mentoring to assist high school and post-secondary students in starting a seasonal business. This initiative is administered by the Economic Development division of the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
“The Summer Company program is a great opportunity for local youth to develop an understanding of operating a small business,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano. “I wish all of the participants the best of luck, and I want to encourage people to support them. Our community will be stronger with increased youth participation in shaping our future, and this program continues to help bring ideas to fruition and turn them into successful businesses.”
The 2020 Summer Company participants in the Sault Ste. Marie area are:
AJ's Yard Care (Andre Marchand)
Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
Algoma Aerial View (Thomas Irwin)
Description: Drone Photography and Video
Ben's Lawn Care (Benjamin Appleton)
Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
Borderline (Gracie Pucci)
Description: Fashion and Beauty Brand
Country Bear Honey (Andrew Berg)
Description: Honey and Beekeeping Education
Slater Woodworks (Graham Slater)
Description: Custom Fine Woodworking
Street Baby Cheeses (Lindsey Hornblower)
Description: Cheese Curds
The Country Maid (Sarah Johns)
Description: Handcrafted Soap, Salves and Candles
ZacCuts Lawn Mowing (Zachary Windle)
Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
“During these challenging times, we continue to be impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit of our community,” said Jessica Maione, Economic Development Officer with the City of Sault Ste. Marie. “The 2020 Summer Company participants are prime examples. Although they only recently jumped into the world of self-employment, some have already expressed interest and hopes of turning their businesses into full-time, year-round operations.”
Summer Company is funded by the Province of Ontario. The program is delivered at the City’s Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Machine Shop. For more information on the small business support available in Sault Ste. Marie, visit
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