Introducing 13 Young Entrepreneurs

Lars Moffat (right), owner of Copper Country Coffee Roasters, with his employee, Keaton Schmidt, at the Algoma Farmers’ Market.

This summer, 13 youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area started businesses with the support of a young entrepreneur program. Summer Company is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the program provides training, mentoring and grants to assist students in starting a seasonal business.

“Summer Company provides youth with useful, real-world experience in entrepreneurship and self-employment, said Harleen Puaar, an Economic Development Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “In many cases, participants convert their businesses into full-time, year-round operations, which speaks to the success and value of the program. I encourage the public to support these young entrepreneurs as they delve into the world of enterprise.”

The 2018 Summer Company participants in the Sault Ste. Marie area are:

Aiyana Beauty (Aiyana Nahwegahbow)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-918-6405

Beau Monde (Teyah Schofield)

Contact: [email protected]

    Bite Media (Maryn Kirk)


Contact: [email protected] or 705-257-0238

Maryn Kirk, owner of Bite Media, a marketing and communications business.

 Buckle Up Marketing (Daniel O’Brien)

Contact: [email protected]

Cha Yen inTEAnational (Cameron Mihell)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-206-0085

Copper Country Coffee Roasters (Lars Moffat)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-257-8919

  Enfin Media (Matt Davidge)

Contact: [email protected] or 519-820-8418

Get Rekt Records (Matthew St. Pierre)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-206-8241

  Hockleycrest Spoon Co. (Peter Moule)


Contact: [email protected]

  Hot Dog Sammy’s World Famous Weenies (Samuel Jansen)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-943-6951

P1 Property Maintenance (Joey Ruscio)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-971-5078

SSM Dog Walking & Pet Sitting (Trevor Heaver)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-943-9004

Wil’s Badminton Services (Wil Hausenblas)

Contact: [email protected] or 705-988-8899


Since 2010, a total of 120 businesses in the region were started through Summer Company. The young entrepreneur program is delivered at the Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship. Located at the Machine Shop, the facility is operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. It houses the organization’s enterprise services staff and programs, along with a small business incubator.

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  1. How refreshing to read some good news stories like this one. It is encouraging to see our young people growing up and being super entrepreneurs. Congrats to all involved in this venture.

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