BRUCE COUNTY – Bruce County council will be giving letters of recognition to four young entrepreneurs who were part of Summer Company 2021.
Summer Company is funded by the province and administered by the county, providing students aged 15-29 with the opportunity to start and run their own summer business.
Participants receive business training, mentorship and up to $3,000 to run a summer business in the county. They learn a wide range of skills, from doing a business plan, financial management, marketing and advertising.
This year, four students from across the county were selected to participate in the Summer Company initiative.
Katie Franklin of Kincardine’s business was Franklin’s Produce, which sold fresh produce and flowers at the Kincardine Farmers Market every Saturday. The items were grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and excessive plastic. Franklin is passionate about protecting the environment and had the goal of providing zero-waste to her customers.
Johnny Pickett of Wiarton started 8 x 8 Beach Apparel. Pickett, a competitive volleyball player, designed and created his own line of beach volleyball apparel after noticing a gap in the market. In the future, he hopes to develop programming and supports to build more beach volleyball courts and mentor youth in the sport through his business.
Leyah Smith of Formosa’s business was Black Excellence Art. Smith is a digital media artist who specializes in promoting cultural diversity and representation through her imagery. She takes her digital art and prints it on gift items such as T-shirts, sweaters, bags and phone cases. Her art is powerful and bold.
Sadie Rhan, Paisley, started The Ordinary Orchid, a line of decorative stickers that are 100 per cent recyclable. Rhan cares deeply about the environment and sustainability, and has a talent for graphic design.
County Coun. Steve Hammell, Arran-Elderslie, said, “They did a great job, we salute them.”
County Coun. Luke Charbonneau, Saugeen Shores suggested recognizing them through a letter or certificate.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times