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Business Programs for Youth

Are you interested in starting your own business? There are business programs to help young people up to 34 years of age. Find out more! >>

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Programs and Services for Youth

Do you know about the Starter Company Program?

Chelsey Hart started Hart and Home Cleaning Service with the help of a $5,000 Starter Company Program Grant. Chelsey is the firsrt recipient in Sarnia-Lambton.  

 Maybe the Starter Company Program is right for you - find out more -click
HERE! Pictured, Chelsey Hart and Entrepreneurship Programs Co-ordinator Chantelle Core.

Are you a young person with a great business idea - but don't know where to start? We can help.

Fraser Parry, our Business Counsellor, is here to work with you to help turn your dream of starting a business into reality. Email Fraser at,  or call 519-332-1820 to book an appointment.

The Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton and the Government of Ontario are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship to the youth in this community. We are ready to assist you if you are interested in pursuing your dream of owning your own business or just want to find out if it's possible.

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs

Programs currently being offered through the Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton directed at promoting Youth Entrepreneurship include:

Summer_Co_2013Summer Company

The Summer Company program provides hands-on business training and mentoring, together with awards of up to $3,000, to help enterprising young people start up and run their own summer business. Ages 15-29. Check out our Summer Company Facebook page or the Ministry Facebook page at

If you are a student with an entrepreneurial spirit, you could create your own company with the help of the Summer Company program!  Email David Moody at, or give him a call at 519-332-1820 extension 226.

Photo - Summer Company 2013 participants.

Make Your Pitch

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase, April 27-28, 2015, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.

Based on the live pitches, the judges select six winners who are presented with reserved entry into the Summer Company program, a $750 education voucher from Desire2Learn, a Nymi Band fromNymi and a Muse brain-sensing headband by InteraXon.

Futurepreneur Canada

Are you a young entrepreneur, aged 18-34, ready to start our own business? If so, Futurepreneur Canada is your "go to" resource for low interest financing and mentoring. We can help you bring a business idea to life! From pre-launch to growth and expansion, Futurepreneur supports young entrepreneurs throughout the life cycle of their businesses by providing pre and post-launch coaching, financing, mentoring, and business resources. Combined resources of $45,000 from Futurepreneur and the Business Development Corporation may be available to qualifying youth. Contact Fraser Parry at 519-332-1820 / toll free 1-800-972-7642 or for more information on these programs.

Ontario Youth Employment Fund

This new youth employment initiative launched in September 2013. It provides incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires when they provide job placements for four to six months. To be eligible to receive Youth Employment Funding  a person must be between 15 and 29 years of age, unemployed, not attending school full-time, and a resident of Ontario. Lambton College is one of three employment service providers in Lambton County delivering this program. See the media release here.