11 students start summer businesses through SSMEDC program

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Located in the Machine Shop, the SSMEDC’s Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship is where the organization delivers its small business support programs.

Eleven students in the Algoma District are operating businesses this year through Summer Company. The young entrepreneur program is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

Funded by the Province of Ontario, Summer Company provides grants and mentoring to assist high school and post-secondary students in starting a seasonal business. With 11 program spaces allocated to the district, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation was successful at filling all the spots.

“Business ownership isn’t for everyone, which is why Summer Company is such a useful program. It allows youth to try their hand at entrepreneurship, and it’s done in a low-risk environment,” said Megan Marotta, Small Business Program Coordinator for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “In some cases, participants decide to turn their companies into full-time, year-round operations. This speaks to the success and value of the program.”

The 2019 Summer Company participants will be showcasing their businesses at Staples Sault Ste. Marie (345 Great Northern Road) on Wednesday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The companies are:

  • BUZZ (Mitchell Hammond)
    Description: All Natural Chocolate Syrup
    Contact: mhammo24@uwo.ca

 

  • Cloud Images (Charles Elder)
    Description: Drone Photography
    Contact: charlieelder2000@hotmail.com

 

  • GRL PWR Summer Training (Karissa Kajorinne)
    Description: Girls Basketball Training Camps
    Contact: kakajori@lakeheadu.ca

 

  • Malcolm’s CompuClinic (Malcolm Mason)
    Description: Computer and Cell Phone Repairs
    Contact: mmason200313@gmail.com

 

  • MAP’s Lawn Care (Mateo Perri)
    Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
    Contact: mateo.perri02@gmail.com

 

  • Miscellaneous Boutique (Josh Mannarino)
    Description: Jerseys and Consignment Goods
    Contact: josh.mannarino@hotmail.com

 

  • Proper Lawn Care (Kieran Jalak)
    Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
    Contact: jalakkieran@gmail.com

 

  • Quality Control Landscaping & Lawn Care (Evan Bodnar)
    Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
    Contact: bodman_22@hotmail.com

 

  • Ruscio Lawn Care (David Ruscio)
    Description: Lawn Care and Property Maintenance
    Contact: davidruscio11@hotmail.com or 705-255-3065

 

  • Simplicity Inclusive Clothing (Braydon Grbich)
    Description: Clothing Brand
    Contact: braydonae@shaw.ca

 

  • Tony Trozzo Financial (Tony Trozzo)
    Description: Bookkeeping, Payroll and Investment Guidance
    Contact: atrozzo@algomau.ca

 

Since 2010, a total of 131 businesses in the Sault Ste. Marie area were started through Summer Company. The young entrepreneur program is delivered at the Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship. Operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation at the Machine Shop, the facility houses the organization’s enterprise services staff and programs, along with a small business incubator.

For more information visit www.themillworks.ca. To learn more about the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, including its programs, activity and results, visit www.sault-canada.com.