Summer Company empowers new roster of young entrepreneurs

Participants in this year’s program have launched several businesses, including an art gallery and a pressure washing business

The annual Summer Company program aims to plant the seeds of youth entrepreneurship, and it did so again this year.

The program provides youth aged 15 to 29 with training, mentorship and start-up grants of up to $3,000 to start their own summer business. In Sudbury, the program is administered by the Regional Business Centre.

“Congratulations to all recipients of this year’s Summer Company program,” said Mayor Brian Bigger in a press release about this year’s young entrepreneurs. “These young entrepreneurs are the business leaders of tomorrow and I commend them for their contributions to our community. I urge all Greater Sudbury residents to get out there and support their local business.

So who were the three successful young entrepreneurs who started their own summer businesses this year?

Sarah Moreau opened Amberhill Gallery & Giftshop, inspired by what she saw as a lack of space for artists to display and sell their work year-round. The artist-run space she opened supports independent artists and small businesses in Canada, but prioritizes those in Northern Ontario. Currently, the gift shop has over 20 makers with a wide range of products, including fiber art, illustration, ceramics, and jewelry. Find out more on the site, AmberhillGallery.ca.

Dylan Kryskow started Nickel City Pressure Washing. In the case of a pressure washer that will travel, Dylan offered his pressure washer to clean gutters, concrete, fences, driveways and sidewalks to Sudburians. The company has also started to expand its activities in the real estate sector, providing cleaning services for houses that are listed on the market. You can find Nickel City Pressure Wash on Facebook.

And finally, Antoine Larouche turned his love of miniature painting into a business called Painting Obvious. His company took orders on miniature models through a process that includes building the models, cleaning, making the bases, priming, painting and finishing them. You can find Obvious Painting on Facebook and instagram.

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