The Summer Company Program

If you're between 15 and 29 years old, you can apply to Summer Company, a program designed to help enterprising young people start up and run their own summer business. 

All that’s required is a good summer company idea, commitment, and hard work. In return, students receive hands-on business training from successful business leaders, and financial support with awards of up to $3,000 to assist with start-up cost and working capital over the course of the summer.

How Do I Apply for Summer Company? 

  1. Fill out the Online Application for Summer Company
  2. Prepare assistance provided through the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre
  3. Submit your business plan for review to Taylor, Matt, or Doug in the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre

Am I ELIGIBLE for Summer Company? 

You are if you’re:
  • Between 15-29 years of age as of April 1
  • A student returning to school full or part time in the fall 
  • Proposing a new start-up business
  • A resident of Ontario A Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant 
  • Not operating an existing business or employed more than 8 hours per week over the course of the summer 
  • Prepared to commit a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks full-time to the experience
Businesses NOT ELIGIBLE for Summer Company are:
  • A partnership
  • A franchise
  • A distributorship
  • A multi- level marketing venture, DJ’s dance/party events
  • A 1-900 business
  • A previous recipient of a Summer Company Award