KAWARTHA LAKES: The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre’s (KLSBEC) Summer Company program is once again a success, as ten new businesses are being launched in the area.
KLSBEC has been running the program for over a decade, offering students from the ages of 15 to 29 years-old mentorship support, training as well as a sum of $3,000 to start a business.
“This summer, we have an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs operating new businesses in Kawartha Lakes and surrounding areas,” Manager Diane Steven said in a press release. “It hasn’t been easy, especially with extreme heat this summer, but each have found ways to grow their business in a very short period of time.”
This year’s crop of businesses cover many diverse fields, from lawn care and property maintenance, to videography, business branding and a kids camp.
Abigail Crook signed up for the summer company program after hearing about it from one of her professors at Georgian College, who also was a summer company mentor. She said she learned a lot going through the process.
“How much work is put into running your own business was a big shock for me,” she said.
In addition, Ms. Crook said she learned just how important the social aspect is for running a local business.
“My business didn’t take off the day I launched it, it was contacting everyone I know and going door to door to explain what my business offers (that made it start to grow),” she said.
Ms. Crook’s business is called Lotus Glow Beauty, a “mobile spa, dedicated to providing luxury spa services to women in parts of the Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region areas.” For more information on the business and on Ms. Crook, go on-line to www.lotusglowbeauty.com.
Madeline Selby first heard about the program from a fellow co-worker. She said the hardest part of the program for her was developing the business plan, but added that after that was complete, the program was easier.
“You definitely appreciate how much work it takes (to set up a business),” she said. “I will probably continue (the program) next year. I am really glad I did it.”
Ms. Selby’s business is called Maddy’s Minnows. She offers swimming lessons at her pool in Manilla. For more information, check out the Maddy’s Minnows Facebook page.
Some of the mentors in last year’s program included Mayor Andy Letham, Colin Campbell, John Chambers and Andrew Holden.
The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre is located at 180 Kent St. in Lindsay.