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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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 full time 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
• A musical venture such as bands, DJ’s dance/party events
• A 1-900 business
• A previous recipient of a Summer Company Award
2018 Summer Company Student Businesses:
Camryn Nooyen – Camryn Nooyen Farm Repairs – Blenheim
Overview: Welding and repair services for local farms
Camryn Nooyen Farm Repairs provides custom repair work for farms across Chatham-Kent. His farming background in combination with his CWB welding certificate enable him to tackle many projects that are causing farmers headaches. His service caters to farmers who do not have time to complete repairs, especially during the busy summer months.
Where to buy: You can contact Camryn via email at
Jeremy Wolting – Wolting Photography – Blenheim
Overview: Professional photography and videography services
Wolting Photography provides local and regional photography and videography services including weddings, personal headshots, and corporate photos. Jeremy has travelled the world, including France, Morroco, Switzerland, Mexico, and many other locations capturing images that are features for sale on top stock photography websites.
Where to buy: https://www.woltingphotography.ca/
Cameron Welch – Custom Route – Charing Cross
Overview: Custom-made orders using a CNC routing machine
Custom Route creates a wide selection of custom signs, cabinet doors, and anything that people would like to have made out of wood, or steel. One of Cameron’s signature products include hockey puck business cards which use actual hockey pucks as the material for this unique way to present your business, team, or event.
Where to buy: https://www.facebook.com/Custom-Route-246082446022497/
Rena Lugtigheid – Simply Nature Boutique – Chatham
Overview: Handmade bath and body products
Simply Nature Boutique features a selection of custom handmade, all-natural bath and body products. Using all-natural ingredients, Rena has created a product line that is focused on customers who want quality and are also concerned about the environment. Many of her products are also vegan and she even has a scent-free line for those sensitive to allergies.
Where to buy: You can find Rena at a variety of marketplace events and art shows across Chatham-Kent and at
Shelby Troy – Five Star Image By Shelby – Chatham
Overview: Eyelash and skin studio
Five Star Image By Shelby offers an in-home studio that features lash extensions, lash lifting, lash and brown tint, and hair removal services. Shelby provides high quality products at a reasonable price. She loves working with customers and provides them with a wonderful experience at every visit.
Where to buy: https://five-star-image-by-shelby-lash-and-skin-studio.business.site/
John Archer – Ted’s Shed Woodworking – Erie Beach
Overview: Building functional, unique, wood décor products
Ted’s Shed Woodworking designs and builds functional home decor across a range of products including tablet stands, serving trays, kitchen organizers, and chairs. John’s style marries traditional quality with a contemporary design aesthetic. He has a focus on meticulous attention to detail that can only be found in handmade products.
Where to buy: You can contact John through email
email@example.com or find him at local craft shows.
Jordan Smith – Spotless – Mitchell’s Bay
Overview: Boat cleaning service in Mitchell’s Bay
Spotless is a boat cleaning service located in Mitchell’s Bay. Jordan has extensive experience with boats and understand that her clients want to spend their weekends out on their boat having fun on the bay and not worrying about cleaning their boat. She has developed a three part process to make sure their boat is clean and ready when they want to use it.
Where to buy: To book an appointment, contact
Jorja Paraskevopoulos – Meraki Co. – Pain Court
Overview: Handmade bath and body products
Meraki Co. offers a collection of handmade bath and body products including bath salts, bath bombs, and body soap/wash. Jorja has focused on creating an all natural and organic product that is affordable as well as being respectful of the environment (ex. biodegradable packaging). Her goal is to provide customers with pure products that avoid using harmful ingredients that are found in most common body products.
Where to buy: Jorja’s sells her products Chatham at 291 Grand Ave W, Chatham, ON N7L 1C3.
Lauren Darby – Master Key Social – Ridgetown
Overview: Social media marketing and management
Master Key Social focus is to help small business owners who requires online brand/organizational presence improvement or creation. Lauren is a Bachelor of Public Relations student returning for her third year at Humber College in September 2018. Her professional and personal interests include social media, the communications industry, and the continual pursuit to enhance her oral and writing skills.
Where to buy: https://www.masterkeysocial.com/
Abbey Hahn – Demi Luna Clothing – Tilbury
Overview: Handmade alternative style clothing
Abby creates custom sewn, knit, and woven clothing and décor products in a variety of styles. Her products include knitted toques, dresses, tops, pillows, and stuffed animals. She also produces unique artwork. “I love clothing and making my own custom clothing. It’s exciting that I get to make all styles and some of favourites like grunge, gothic, and hippy.”
Where to buy: Abby is currently developing her online business profile.
Neetahwis Shognosh-Diaz – Shoggies Doggies Shaved Ice – Walpole Island
Overview: Serving shaved ice at events on Walpole Island
Shoggies Doggies Shaved Ice follows in the family tradition of providing the community with a quality product at local events. Neetahwis has built his business by following in his grandfathers footsteps and strives to bring the joy of "Shaved Ice" to Walpole Island and surrounding communities. During the hot and humid summer months you can rely on Shoggies Doggies Shaved Ice to provide a cool, delicious tasty treat.
Where to buy: You can find Shoggies Doggies Shaved Ice at a variety of events on Walpole Island