Owen Appleton is an enterprising young man of 15 years from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He started a lawn care and landscaping business, Summer 2016. Owen’s business – O1 Lawncare is off and running for the second season with a long list of clients – both private properties and commercial.
Saultonline caught up with Owen Appleton, and his team outside Tim Horton’s restaurant on Boundary & Trunk Rd (s). By 9:30 am, O1 Lawncare had already completed work at another east end location and were on to the second site. After leaving Timmies, the O1 team completed several more jobs.
Joey Ruscio, 16 yrs., and Ethan Johnson, 16 yrs. were hired by Owen to assist in O1 Lawncare’s ever-growing client list. Owen’s grandfather, Tom Brason is part of the O1 team as well. He is the one with a driver’s license and truck to haul the equipment around. Between Owens’ father and grandfather – O1 Lawncare is well supported for travelling from site to site.
Owen leases the Lawn Tractor, with an option to buy. He purchased the trailer, and other tools of the trade with grant money he received through ‘Summer Company.’
The Ontario government program called ‘Summer Company’, assists budding entrepreneurs by providing start-up money to kick-off a new summer business, as well as advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running.
‘Summer Company’ is a program of the government of Ontario that helps young people between 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business by providing funding, advice and services. The province’s Small Business Enterprise Centres and selected non-profit organizations in the local community deliver the program.
If successful, applicants will receive an award of up to $3,000 – a first payment of up to $1,500 for start-up costs and a second payment of up to $1,500 once they have successfully completed the program.
Eligibility criteria includes:
· going to high school, college or university –
· live in Ontario – are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident –
· are between 15-29 years old –
· are not already running a business –
· are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program –
· returning to school after the program ends.
Successful applicants for the micro grants through ‘Summer Company’ must be willing to commit to a minimum of 280 hours over the course of the summer (high school students) and a minimum of 420 hours (post-secondary students).
O1 Lawncare – Owen Appleton – owner/operator can be reached by calling, 705- 987-3809. Owen is a student with the Algoma District School Board – Korah Collegiate Highschool.
To learn more about the innovative Ontario government programme, ‘Summer Company’ – visit: