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Small Business Centre is Giving a Boost to 11 Chatham-Kent Student Entrepreneurs

The Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre is excited to announce that 11 student entrepreneurs across Chatham-Kent are part of this year's Summer Company program, a program that helps young entrepreneurs learn what it takes to run a business. This year’s group features a collection of eager and talented youth from across Chatham-Kent who have worked hard to build their business plans and launch independent businesses.

The Summer Company program, which is in its 17th years and is offered in partnership with Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, allows students aged 15 through 29 to receive mentorship and hands-on training to run their own business. In addition, students in the program can receive startup funding up to $3,000 to operate a small business.

“Helping the students by providing education and real-life experience are the most important elements of the Summer Company program,” said Spencer Pray, Business Consultant. “We want to help them apply the theory that they learn into the practical application of running their business. Success is when they walk away at the end of the program more capable and ready for the business world.”


In place of a summer job, students have the opportunity to be their own boss. All that’s required is a good Summer Company idea, commitment, and hard work. One such student is Jordan Smith who is operating her business, Spotless, a boat cleaning service located in Mitchell’s Bay. Jordan has successfully launched her business and is building a steady base of clients.

“I’ve spent a lot of my life around boats and I saw this as a great opportunity to be my own boss. I love that I can set my work hours during the week and gain my weekends back” said Jordan. “My clients spend their weekends out on their boat having fun on the bay, and come Monday I step in with a three part process to make sure their boat is clean and ready for their next weekend.”

This year’s Summer Company student businesses include:

  • Camryn Nooyen – Camryn Nooyen Farm Repairs – Blenheim
    Welding and repair services for local farms
  • Jeremy Wolting – Wolting Photography – Blenheim
    Professional photography and videography services
  • Cameron Welch – Custom Route – Charing Cross
    Custom-made orders using a CNC routing machine
  • Rena Lugtigheid – Nature’s Boutique – Chatham
    Handmade bath and body products
  • Shelby Troy – Five Star Image By Shelby – Chatham
    Eyelash studio featuring lifts, tinting, and extensions
  • John Archer – Ted’s Shed Woodworking – Erie Beach
    Building functional, unique, wood décor products
  • Jordan Smith – Spotless – Mitchell’s Bay
    Boat cleaning service in Mitchell’s Bay
  • Jorja Paraskevopoulos – Meraki Co. – Pain Court
    Handmade bath and body products
  • Lauren Darby – Master Key Social – Ridgetown
    Social media marketing and management
  • Abbey Hahn – Demi Luna Clothing – Tilbury
    Handmade alternative style clothing
  • Neetahwis Shognosh-Diaz – Shoggies Doggies Shaved Ice – Walpole Island
    Serving shaved ice at events on Walpole Island

The application process for this years Summer Company program has closed, however, if you are interested in more information on how to applying for the 2019 program, please contact the Small Business Centre at 519-351-7700 or email


Additional Details:

For More Information Contact:

Spencer Pray
Business Consultant
Phone: 519.352.8401

Media Contact:

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Phone: 519-352-8401 x2039
Fax: 519-436-3237