CORNWALL/SD&G – Students getting a business off the ground are underway in record numbers this year.
The city’s Summer Company program held its official launch Wednesday at the Staples Store at Pitt and Ninth Streets as 13 budding businessmen and businesswomen showed off their new ventures.
Last year, there were eight entrants and this year is the biggest crop of entrepreneurs so far.
Run by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Center and funded by the provincial government, the Summer Company program provides $3,000 in seed money as well as coaching and mentoring from other business leaders.
It’s open to students 15 to 29 years old.
The participants this year are:
- Tasty Creations – Tina Square
- First Serve For Kids – Nathan Whalley
- MC Lawn Care – Mackenzie Petrie
- Chores NO More – Owen Salmon
- Anastasia Peters Photography – Anastasia Peters
- Gennies Creations – Gennie Besner
- Prime Lawn Care – Daniel Roy
- DOME Online Media Services – Andrew Daigneault
- Wonderstruck Inspired Events – Emily MacMillan
- Taylor Made For You – Taylor Dicaire
- Editz – Mireille Girard
- Kassia & Co. – Kassia Regnier
- Prime Lawn Care
- KnotKnotWhole Gaming
Cornwall Business Enterprise Center Business Consultant Candy Pollard said it was exciting partnering with Staples because it gave students an opportunity to set up and man a booth for their company and talk to potential customers.
Sometimes a portion of the students carry their business on after the summer is over.