The program for 2018 is open January 23

Are you still enrolled in a secondary or postsecondary institution as a full-time student but want to launch your own business? Become an YSBEC Summer Company and work for yourself when you’re not in school.

Each summer, and through the Ontario Government, YSBEC administers its “Summer Company” program which is designed to foster and develop the entrepreneurial spirit in students between the ages of 15 to 29 as of April 30, 2018, and who are registered to return to school full-time in September 2018.

In place of a summer job, students have the opportunity to be their own boss. All that’s required is a good summer company idea, commitment, and hard work. In return, students receive hands-on business training from successful business leaders, and financial support with awards of up to $3,000 available. To start the application process, check to see if you’re eligible to qualify for the Summer Company program.

Applicants to YSBEC’s Summer Company program must be registered to be returning to school in September 2018, and a detailed business plan must be submitted for review and approval. The deadline to apply is May 19, 2018 or earlier if the program reaches capacity.

This dynamic program allows you to take your startup business idea and turn it into reality. Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and run your own company? The YSBEC Summer Company program is a terrific way to find out.

For more information, please contact:

Pauline Nagelmakers
YSBEC Small Business Assistant
Phone: 877.464.9675 ext. 71572

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Dominque Abellera

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Just Keep Swimming Swim School

Just Keep Swimming Swim School is a private backyard swim school located in Aurora, Ontario. Our qualified instructors have years of experience and are dedicated to providing a safe, enjoyable, and comfortable learning environment for all ages and abilities. We offer flexible scheduling, a heated saltwater pool, and we are certified Red Cross Training Partners.

Noah Clarke

Clarke's LC Service

Clarke’s LC Service is a landscaping company devoted to providing customers with high quality yet affordable services and the best customer service as possible. The services we provide include eavestrough cleaning, lawn mowing, gardening, weed removal, hedge trimming, laying sod and many different types of general labour. Lastly, we operate all over York Region.

Eric Cumiskey

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Reza Ghamsari

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Ebrahim Laffafian

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As a certified digital marketing professional my primary task is to create the ultimate leverage for your small to medium sized business through creating, strategizing, and optimizing your Google AdWords account. We utilize unique techniques to maximize exposure to potential customers that have the intention of purchasing your product or service through an effective digital marketing campaign.

Adamo Miceli

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Joshua Nguyen

Jin Clothing

A brand that has been self-defined. The power of independence and teamwork. The will of together and alone.

Lauren Palazzi

Super Strokes Swim School

Super Strokes Swim School, located in Aurora, offers swim lessons and lifeguarding services to all. We focus primarily on teaching children how to be safe in and around the water. Our main focus is that every child feel comfortable and enjoy time in the water!

Cameron Railton

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Emily Redfern

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My organic chicken business promotes quality assurance: people who purchase my meat birds feel confident about what they are eating and about the quality life of their food. My organic free-range chickens:
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– are safe
– are not force fed
– eat chemical-free food
– have ample room to forge
My motto: know the story behind your food to make responsible decisions!

Dylan Rich


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Philippa Sekalala

Luxury Hair Shopping

Luxury Hair Shop is where you can get quality hair extensions services and products. We do sell and do hair extensions like braids, wigs, crochet and more. All colours, lengths and textures for a good price.

Bryan Tietz


MerchCity relentlessly aims to satisfy fanbase groups of various platforms. We do this through our online shop platform that allows fans to find whatever they need in order to live their passions of video games, TV shows, and movies. We believe in constantly updating our inventory to showcase you the best of the best from action figures, artwork, t-shirts, mugs, collectibles and much more!

Xi Wang

EarthStar Healing Services

EarthStar provides a creative variety of holistic health care services incorporating native, ethnic and holistic modalities to assist in the healing journey, from sickness and dis-ease to an wholesome, fulfilling and joyful life.

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