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St Lawrence College students and grads create their own future

2009-07-06

Undaunted by the current economic reality, several St. Lawrence College students and graduates have grasped the entrepreneurial spirit and launched their own businesses, with a little help from Summer Company, an Ontario government program funded by the Ministry of Small Businesses and Consumer Services (MSBCS), the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), and their college education.

"While running a business has always been a goal for me, working with clients while designing exactly what they need seemed extremely overwhelming" Michael Charlebois Graphic Design graduate said. "Within my first two years at St. Lawrence College I started my own business, working with clients across Ontario and had the opportunity to personally meet the top design professionals in North America. The teachers and program allowed me to fulfill my potential and gain confidence."

Summer Company grants eligible students between the ages of 15-29 years up to $1,500 for start up costs and up to an additional $1,500 for successful completion of the program. It also provides a supportive opportunity for youth to gain hands-on business experience running their own company for the summer. Returning St. Lawrence business student, Darcy Voutt, says "The summer company has been phenomenal in giving me access to a network that allows my business to grow quickly from day one."

In fact, the Summer Company experience has appealed to several St. Lawrence College students over the last two years, who have offered consumer solutions like marketing and graphic design consultation, fitness programs for youth, animal training and lawn care.

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About St. Lawrence College
St. Lawrence College has approximately 6,000 full-time students from Canada and around the world, 20,000 part-time registrants, and 3,000 Job Connect Clients in over 80 academic programs and employs over 1,000 full-time and part-time staff at our three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston. In addition to new residences with more than 700 beds, the College has recently invested in new programs including degree Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration, Energy Systems Engineering Technology, and the Culinary Co-op Apprenticeship Diploma Program, among others.