There’s one thing in common with the 18 young entrepreneurs who are part of the Summer Company program this year and that’s passion.
Not so much passionate about running a business and what that entails, but about their business and the type of services each of the students launched this Summer.
Summer Company is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the program provides grants and mentoring to assist students between the ages of 15 and 29 in starting a seasonal business.
Halle Zachary a grade 11 Korah Collegiate student drew on her passion to start Halle Nails, a direct to home service that caters to parties and provides nail care. “I had a lot of friends and family tell me that I needed to do this” Zachary turned a talent into a summer business that she hopes she can sustain as a sideline to her other goals. “I love it, I think the Summer Company program is a great way to get started for a business, you get so much experience with people and working with others”
Noah Smith started Touchdown Media out of his athletic interests. He creates videos for sports teams and individuals and sells custom made DVDs. “It’s my first time with Summer Company and it’s fantastic!” Smith said, “I think running my own business is the best option for myself” Smith is exploring expanding his services to the real estate market in the future.
Mackenzie Mazzuca turned her love of basketball into a small business that she hopes can turn full time with her Mazzuca Basketball Academy. “I always had a passion for basketball, I’ve played the sport ever since I was a little girl and I’ve always wanted to do something like this.”
Julian Bell-Robertson owns JDBR Services, an in-home cleaning, and landscaping business who wasn’t sure if he wanted to start a business when his Mother suggested he look into the Summer Company Program. “It’s pretty fun, I’m loving it so far” the Superior Heights grad said. Bell-Robertson hopes to continue the business and grow it to the point he can hire employees.
Marlena Temporao has been painting all her life and it didn’t take much for her to decide to use her artistic talents and turn it into a small business. I do custom artwork and original artwork , customers tell me they want something painted and I do it” Temporo plans on advancing her education in Graphic Design but plans on running her custom paint business on the side.
Aron Coccimiglio is on his way to law school, but that didn’t stop him from starting up Secret Sip – am e-commerce company specializing in different micro-roasts coffee beans and delivered through subscription. “I have a pretty extensive passion for coffee” Coccimiglio was spoon fed espresso by his Grandmother when he was three, he’s loved it ever since. Customers can select a 3, 6 or 12 month service. It’s a business that Coccimiglio can continue to operate as he attends law school.
Virgil Business Solutions is a web design business started by Daniel Friyia . Friyia builds websites for clients and is using this opportunity to advance his career. Friyia has always been interested in computer science and recently graduated from Algoma University “I think the Summer Company experience is excellent, it gives you a chance to get your feet wet in entrepreneurial endeavours”
Tristan Goslow’s love of music and performing turned himself into a business selling CD’s of his music. “I’m a fulltime musician, I play music, record music and play shows” Goslow said. “Music is something my family has been in since I was a little kid” Goslow has dreamed of being in the music business since high school and he credits the Summer Company program to get the equipment he needed and pursue his dream.
Tianna Rice plans on going to school for message therapy for horses but to kick start her career she started up Northern Equine Massage Therapy. The Goulais River student attends the only course of its kind in London Ontario. The two year course will give her the education while the business will provide her income now and in the future when she plans on running the business as a full time venture.
The Summer Company participants operate their businesses until September 1 under the program at which time they receive the other half of their grants and could continue their business as a full time operation.