Calling All Student Entrepreneurs: Grants Available To Start A Summer Business


The Muskoka Small Business Centre (MSBC) invites student entrepreneurs to apply for the Summer Company program to support the growth of their summer business.

Successful applicants will participate in business training sessions, benefit from guidance and mentorship throughout the summer, and can receive up to $3,000 to support their business venture.

Summer Company has helped dozens of young entrepreneurs in Muskoka to achieve their business dreams including artisanal ice cream, wood fired pizza, custom rugs, mobile mechanic services, and boat cleaning services.

The program is open to students between the ages of 15 and 29 who are returning to school. Applications will be received until April 30 and acceptances will be made on an ongoing basis.

“The Town of Bracebridge is committed to supporting long-term economic growth and development and that starts with our youngest entrepreneurs,” said Rick Maloney, Mayor, Town of Bracebridge. “The Summer Company program is a great opportunity for students in Muskoka to gain the valuable supports needed to start their own business and thrive. This summer, start a new adventure as a small business owner by applying for the Summer Company program today.”

The MSBC has been serving Muskoka businesses through support from the province of Ontario’s Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) funding for more than 30 years.

Since 2005, the Town of Bracebridge has been the managing partner of the provincial SBEC funding for Muskoka, providing financial and operational oversight.

The MSBC team serves entrepreneurs across Muskoka through delivering the Summer Company and Starter Company programs, providing personalized business consultations to those starting or expanding a business, and assisting with business registration, and business plan development.

“Summer Company is for students who want to be their own boss this summer, anyone looking at a career in the trades, or someone looking to build their resume or college application by demonstrating entrepreneurship skills,” said Elizabeth Cornish, Managing Consultant, MSBC. “The Muskoka Small Business Centre is proud to be able to provide this program and support young entrepreneurs in Muskoka.”

To learn more about the Summer Company program, visit or email


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