Summer Company

Summer Company is an Ontario Government program that encourages youth entrepreneurship by providing startup money of up to $3,000 and mentorship to start your own business.  In Northumberland County, this program provides opportunities for full-time high school, college or university students, aged 15-29 years of age, to start and run their own summer business.  These new summer company businesses are the result of the students having written a viable and comprehensive business plan. This is a large undertaking that requires research, analysis, motivation, and a lot of hard work.  Summer Company is an amazing opportunity for students and it just may lead to an exciting career where you can “Be Your Own Boss”.


For more information about the Summer Company program please visit the Ministry Website

Or contact the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre  905-372-9279

Congratulations to our 2018 Summer Company Participants: 
Gavin Brady, Gillian Forestell, Austin Gilmour, Rachel Lalonde, Brock Ney, Greg Powles, Madison Rae-White, Ivan Stille, Jacob Tinney.

Here is a list of the 2018 program participants and their businesses:

Gavin Brady — Midloch Farms: Naturally Grown Vegetables Located just outside of Campbellcroft, Midloch Farms offers a variety of organically grown vegetables available from roadside market stand. Grown from seed, farmed, and produced locally, Midloch Farms offers fresh vegetables such as beans, garlic, tomatoes, sweet corn, loose leaf lettuce, radishes, carrots, zucchini, squash and asparagus. Facebook: @MidlochFarms

Gillian Forestell — Pinetop Vegetables & Firewood: On the outskirts of Campbellford, Pinetop Vegetables & Firewood is a roadside stand offering fresh local produce such as: onions, beets, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, sweet corn and potatoes. Pinetop also offers cut firewood and kindling for local campers.

Austin Gilmour — Gilly’s Golf Grips: Specializing in golf club re-gripping services to recreational golfers, Gilly’s Golf Grips takes worn out golf grips and makes them new again with specialized technique and machinery. Located in Grafton, Gilly’s Golf Grips offers quick 48 hour turnaround service and will travel to local golf clubs in Northumberland for pickup. Facebook: @gillysgolfgrips

Rachel Lalonde — The Surfside Tuck Shop: Located at the Cobourg beach kiosk, The Surfside Tuck Shop conveniently offers all your beach necessities, souvenirs, small toys and candy at competitive pricing for on demand items. Open 7 days a week. Facebook: @thesurfsidetuckshop

Brock Ney — The Treasure Seller: Offering a re-sale service of pre-owned items, The Treasure Seller provides a great selection of art work, figurines, collector plates and other treasures. His available inventory is ideal for gifts or collecting. Located north of Cobourg, and online shopping at

Greg Powles — First Line Hockey: Based out of Cobourg at the Cobourg Community Centre, Greg Powles, a Port Hope Panther, combines his passion and skill for hockey by offering a spring and summer hockey camp for young players to enhance their skills both on and off the ice. Registration available online for pre-booking at

Madison Rae-White — Fresh Start Cleaning: Servicing Northumberland, Fresh Start Cleaning offers residential cleaning along with a unique service to newly constructed homes, and full cleaning services for moving in and out of homes. Offering the choice of chemical or natural cleaning product line, extended hours, and flexible scheduling to suit clients’ needs. Facebook: @frestcleaning

Ivan Stille — Ivan Stille Music: Unique busker “one man band” entertainment based out of Campbellford. Performing energetic and enthusiastic music, with guitar, pedals, harmonica, drums and tambourine at both indoor and outdoor vendor events, libraries, farmers markets and tourism events in Trent Hills. Facebook: @IvanStilleMusic

Jacob Tinney — Jake’s Shakes: Conveniently located in downtown Port Hope close to the beach, Jake’s Shakes is a stationary chip truck offering milkshakes, fresh cut french fries, poutine, hot dogs and ice cream.

See the 2017 Summer Company Participants >

See the 2016 Summer Company Participants >

See the 2015 Success Stories Catalogue >

For more information, contact Kailyn Coupland 905.372.9279