Summer company = youth business bosses

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Posted on: July 9, 2019

Four local students have started to run their own businesses this summer after being selected for the 2019 Summer Company Program from the Small Business Advisory Centre (Lanark County/Smiths Falls) catchment area. Summer Company provides an opportunity for students to start and run their own business for the summer. The successful students for 2019 are:

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Brooklyn Kentfield- Appaloosa Artist
Appaloosa Artist will create and sell high-quality, handmade, cards and painting. The business will operate from Almonte, ON and will be for sale a various shows and stores in the Almonte area…  Contact Brooklyn by email at or on Facebook: Appaloosa Artist or Instagram appaloosa_artist

Kacey Caines – Belle’s Favourites- Horse Treats
Belle’s Favourites is a packaged homemade horse treat company, owned and operated by Kacey Caines of Merrickville. You can find this fabulous product at local horse shows and various pet stores. To contact Kacey, please email or look her up on Instagram @bellesfavourites and on Facebook @Belle’s Favourites-homemade horse treats

Steven Galazzo- Galazzo Woodworking
Steven will be based in Smiths Falls and will be handmaking and selling high quality Adirondack chairs made from local cedar lumber along with other handmade wooden products at 613-485-5325, email him at or check out his Facebook page at Galazzo Woodworking

Emily Garvin – E. Garvin Crafts
E. Garvin Crafts is an artistic business that creates original handmade paintings and stained-glass pieces. This business is operated by Emily Garvin, located in Toledo, ON. To check out her products local craft fairs or contact Emily at (613) 697-2844 by email at, her website at and on Facebook @Emily’s Creations

The Summer Company Program is an initiative of the Ontario Government and throughout the summer the students are equipped with the tools necessary to succeed and provide hands-on business training and mentoring. Summer Company is aimed at students between the ages of 15-29 in school and returning to school in the fall.  The successful students receive an award of up to $1,500 to help with business start-up costs, and a $1,500 award in September upon returning to school; approximately 12 hours of business training; and an opportunity to meet with local community-mentors for support and advice on operating their summer business. 

The local students will spend their summer gaining invaluable business experience, earning money and learn what it means to be your own boss. They will be in good company with many other young entrepreneurs from across Ontario. Please support these new young entrepreneurs!For more information about the Program or Centre, please contact Cindy James at the Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County) at 613-283-7002 ext.108/109 or via email at You can find us online at, on Facebook @smallbizcentre and on Instagram smallbusinesscentre_sf_lc.

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