Entrepreneurial youth can get a helping hand to start their own business through the Summer Company program, funded by the Province of Ontario.

Applications are now being accepted for Ontario’s Summer Company program, which provides mentorships, training and grants of up to $3,000 to students aged 15 to 29.

The program is run locally through the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, located in Collingwood’s Business Development Centre.

“We started offering the program to local youth in 2008 and have since helped to launch 52 Summer Company businesses,” said South Georgian Bay SBEC Coordinator Gillian Fairley.

“Summer Company is a great opportunity for youth to explore entrepreneurship through a program that offers training, support, mentorship and some seed funding. We have helped to start a wide variety of businesses including property care, jewelry making, technology support, photography, summer camps, organic food, as well as many others,” said Fairley. “Students learn a great deal about operating a business and have a fantastic time in the process, and many continue to operate their business ventures beyond the program.”

For additional information and to apply for Summer Company 2015, visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany or the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre at 105 Hurontario Street. Applications are due by May 8, 2015.