YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SELECTED FOR 2021 SUMMER COMPANY PROGRAM
SARNIA, ON: Four young entrepreneurs have been approved to participate in the 2021 Summer Company Program, administered through the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.
Businesses operating in the 2021 Summer Company Program are a lawn care company, tennis instruction, an all-natural cleaning supplies brand, and a media business.
“The Summer Company Program provides an excellent opportunity for young entrepreneurs to receive an entrepreneurship experience along with training support that will benefit them for years to come,” said Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership CEO, Stephen Thompson. “These young entrepreneurs demonstrate the innovation that will be of great value to our local economy, and we are proud to provide this program to help start them off on the right foot.”
“There was significant interest in the program again this year,” Thompson added. “We encourage interested students to reach out and utilize the free business counselling services available through our Business Enterprise Centre and to consider submitting a Summer Company application at the end of January/early February for Summer Company 2022.”
“A key consideration in evaluating applications to the program included ensuring all student businesses were viable under applicable public health guidance, along with e-commerce and online payment methods, as needed,” added Chantelle Core, Coordinator of the Summer Company program. “As well, we are so excited to have Jared Waller, a recent graduate of the program, assisting with the program. Jared successfully completed the program 3 years ago and has made headlines in assisting with 3D Printed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) during the pandemic.
A full list and description of the 2021 Summer Company Program businesses can be found below:
Anthony Clark started ASHR Media offering web design, graphic design, and business consulting services. Anthony credits coincidence and stroke of luck to his start up and believes ASHR Media is the result of every piece of the puzzle falling into place exactly when it was supposed to. Anthony’s has a broad and diverse education background. Having recently graduated from Lambton College, he is a self-taught website accessibility consultant whose marketing expertise was honed on the job.
Hillcrest Heritage Home Goods
Jayme McCully has started Hillcrest Heritage Home Goods, producing, and selling all-natural cruelty free cleaning supplies and soaps. Jayme was motivated to start Hillcrest Heritage Home Goods because she has witnessed firsthand the impact commercial cleaners have on people with rare allergies, and the obstacles they face to find
natural products. Jayme is excited to launch her product offering to an e-commerce customer base before returning to studies at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School this fall.
Jack’s Grass Cutting
Jack Vrolyk launched his business, Jack’s Grass Cutting, offering residential lawn care service with trimming and optional bagging to Sarnia and Point Edward residents. He is providing a low cost, high quality lawn care service across the City of Sarnia and Village of Point Edward, currently servicing over thirty customers. Jack strives to ensure every customer is completely satisfied. He is passionate about taking care of lawns without harming local wildlife, carrying out this belief in his day-to-day work. Jack is a business student at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Mueller Tennis Services
Matt Mueller’s business, Mueller Tennis Services offers tennis lessons and stringing services to maintain client’s rackets in Sarnia-Lambton. Coming from Petrolia and working his way up the national and international tennis ladder, Matt has experienced the joys tennis has to offer. This summer he aims to spread awareness for the sport and inspire others in the community. Being physically active has helped Matt cope with the pandemic and he hopes by offering these lessons, local children and youth will have a positive experience that will better their physical, social, and metal health. Matt is a business student studying through Huron at Western University, where he is a student-athlete representing Western Mustangs.
ABOUT Summer Company Program
Operating for the 22nd year in Sarnia-Lambton, the joint initiative between the Economic Partnership and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade has provided local students with a $3,000 grant to launch their business, along with mentoring and training over 12 weeks this summer. Open to high school and post-secondary students between the ages of 15 and 29, the 2021 Summer Company Program recruited participants through media releases, social media and radio advertising, and offered an online information session. To inquire about the services of one of the four businesses listed and for more information about the program, please contact Chantelle Core at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519-332-1820.
ABOUT Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) is the lead economic development agency for the Sarnia-Lambton area. Funded by the County of Lambton, we have a focus on promoting the distinct advantages that Sarnia-Lambton proudly offers companies and residents. By coordinating community-based economic development initiatives and working to maintain a commercially attractive environment, we foster new business creation, help ensure that established firms remain and grow here, and work to attract growing businesses to the Sarnia-Lambton area. Visit sarnialambton.on.ca to learn more.
Chantelle Core, Development Coordinator
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership