Create your own job - build for your future

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Create your own job - build for your future

BROCKVILLE, ON, July 6 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman today congratulated young entrepreneurs awarded for creating their own summer jobs as part of the ministry's Summer Company program.
"These young entrepreneurs deserve much praise for their innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. I hope they inspire other young people to think about creating their own jobs," said Minister Runciman. "Our government is committed to boosting economic growth and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit. More entrepreneurs mean more employment opportunities in our province."
The Summer Company program assists enterprising students to start up and run their own summer business. The program provides hands on business training and mentoring with an award of up to $3,000. This program is for youth 15-29 years of age returning to full-time school in September. Close to 200 students across Ontario will receive the award this summer. Minister Runciman met with seven award winners in the Brockville area.
One of those winners was Kristin Schaub, 19, of North Augusta who has started up the Sun 'n' Fun summer day camp for children 4-8 years of age. Kristin has not only created her own summer job, she's also hired one employee to help her.
"It's a really good experience. You learn what it's like to actually run your own business and the work that goes into it. And it teaches you responsibility," said Schaub. "There's no way I could have started my camp without Summer Company with costs such as rent. It wouldn't have been affordable or practical for me to start my own business."
Summer Company is part of the government's new Young Entrepreneurs strategy launched May 10, 2001, which aims to inspire more young people to choose entrepreneurship as a career and equip them with the tools they need to succeed. In addition to the Summer Company program, the provincial strategy includes Future Entrepreneurs, a program to introduce an entrepreneurial mind- set and skills to students in Grades 7 and 8, My Company, a business start-up loan program for young people aged 18-29, and entrepreneurial awareness activities such as conferences.
The Young Entrepreneurs Strategy is committed to fostering a spirit of innovation among youth and is part of the government's Youth Opportunities Ontario plan.

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For further information: Kathleen Klein, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, (416) 325-6994; Hal Vincent, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779