May 6, 2011
Media Release

York Small Business Enterprise Centre invites proposals for the Summer Company 2011 program

Work for the best boss in the world this summer ... you!
NEWMARKET – The York Small Business Enterprise Centre invites proposals from students who wish to participate in Summer Company, a program that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in students between the ages of 15 and 29.
 
Through Summer Company, students have the opportunity to be their own boss.  Participants require a good summer company idea, commitment and hard work.  In return, they receive hands-on business training from successful business people, financial support with awards of up to $3,000 and the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
 
The program is open to students who are returning to school in the fall.  To qualify, students are required to submit a detailed business plan for approval.  Mentoring and support will be provided by a Summer Company program provider.
 
Students whose business plans and applications are approved will complete 12 hours of training and receive up to $1,500 in the spring to cover start-up costs and up to $1,500 in September to return to school.
 
This is a great opportunity for students to find out if they have what it takes to be self-employed, to develop their entrepreneurial skills and make money at the same time.
 
The York Small Business Enterprise Centre provides assistance to new businesses and developing enterprises located in the municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  It complements the services provided by Small Business Enterprise Centres in the municipalities of Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan operated by those local municipalities in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services.
 
For more information, please contact Maureen McGoldrick, York Small Business Enterprise Centre, at
1-877-464-9675, ext. 1572, or ysbec@york.ca or visit www.yorksmallbusiness.ca
 
To find out more about Summer Company and the location of the program provider nearest you, please visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany or call 1-800-387-5656.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905-830-4444, ext. 1238, 416-297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Cell:  905-251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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