Summer Company

Applications are open for Summer Company.

Ontario offers the Summer Company program, which helps youth start their own business and gain the skills they need to succeed.

Summer Company provides mentor ship, training and awards of up to $3,000 to students aged 15 to 29. For more information, go to

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

Contact the local program provider at the Brantford-Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre (BRC) website at or telephone 519-756-4269

If you’re between the ages of 15 and 29 years old and going back to school in the fall – and committed and not afraid to work hard – then check out Summer Company. You could be your own boss with your own business.
Not only is there hands-on coaching and mentoring from successful business people right in your community who volunteer to help you run a summer business – but awards of up to $3,000 too.

Fill out an application form. If your business plan and application are approved, you’ll complete about 12 hours of training and receive up to $1,500 in May or June for your venture’s start-up costs and up to $1,500 in September for your return to school.
To find out more about Summer Company call 1-800-387-5656. Or visit the Summer Company website



Futurpreneur Canada, formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation, has been fueling the passions of Canada’s enterprising youth for nearly two decades. They are the only national non-profit organization providing a full spectrum of financing, mentoring and support to help entrepreneurs aged 18 – 39 successfully launch and grow businesses.

Up to $45,000 in character-based start-up financing from Futurpreneur Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
Industry-leading, one-on-one mentoring from knowledgeable business professionals for two years – at no cost!
Free webinars, workshops, and guidance to help you evaluate your idea and create a viable business plan.
A range of free tools to help you build your business the right way, including an online Business Plan Writer.
Interested? Visit or call 1-800-464-2923


If you have any questions or would like help getting involved in this program, please feel free to Contact Us.

Starter Company Plus Program

The Starter Company Plus program provides mentoring, training and capital up to $5000 for entrepreneurs to start, grow or buy a small business.

Eligible candidates are Ontario residents 18+ years of age, not attending school full time, and looking to start a full-time business. The program is 6-8 months in length, with ongoing mentoring and training. Ontario’s Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs), part of Ontario’s Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), through the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science,
deliver the Starter Company Plus Program.

How to Apply

For small business start-ups in Norfolk County, the Starter Company Plus program is available through the Brantford-Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre located at Suite 201, 1 Market Square, Brantford. Contact the BRC office at 519-756-4269 or visit their website Workshops and Events tab for details on the next Starter Company Plus Orientation Session.