Former Wawaite joins 17 Youth in Opening SSM Businesses

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This summer, 18 youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area started businesses with the support of a young entrepreneur program. Summer Company is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the program provides grants and mentoring to assist students between the ages of 15 and 29 in starting a seasonal business.

“Summer Company provides a wonderful opportunity for youth to try their hand at entrepreneurship,” said Angela Bruni, an Economic Development Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “In many cases, Summer Company participants turn their seasonal businesses into full-time, year-round operations, which speaks to the success and value of the program. I encourage the public to support his year’s crop of young entrepreneurs.”

To promote their businesses, Summer Company participants will have displays at Staples on Great Northern Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The event is part of Youth Entrepreneurship Day. For more details, visit

The 2016 Summer Company participants in the Sault Ste. Marie area are:

Secret Sip Coffee Club: an e-commerce coffee company

Touchdown Media: Noah Smith

– Creates videos for student-athletes for athletic recruitment

Northern Equine Massage Therapy: Tianna Rice

– Equine massage therapy

Mazzuca Basketball Academy: Mackenzie Mazzuca

– Summer basketball camp

Technic Computer Services: Nicholas Kowaleski

– In-home computer repair services

Tristan’s Hardwood Products: Tristan Olar

– Chops and sells firewood

PetSitter Plus: Kaitlyn Triskle

– Pet sits at customers’ homes

NSMZ T: Bronson Roach

– Creates his own graphics and sells apparel

Inspired deSIGNS: Emma McLeod

– Creates personalized signage

Virgil Business Solutions: Daniel Friyia

– Website design

Fresh Kicks 4 Less: Adrian Torok

– Purchases used shoes, cleans them up and sells them as refurbished shoes

JDBR Services: Julian Bell-Robertson

– In-home cleaning and landscaping

KC Firewood: Kile Coulson

– Chops and sells firewood

Halle Nails: Halle Zachary

– Nail care and design

D’s Lawncare and Maintenance: Darrell Baker

– Lawn care

Country Store Ice Cream Parlour: Logan Frech

– Ice cream shop

Bold Noize: Tristan Goslow

– Christian rapper

Amethyst Artistry: Marlena Temporao

– Creates personalized artwork


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