In 2010 Cassidy Allison was a grade ten student with a fascination and talent for telling stories using video. When she learned about the provincial government’s youth entrepreneurship program, Summer Company, she jumped at the chance to get involved.
With a $1500 grant to cover start-up expenses, the promise of a mentor in her field and help with a business plan, she was on her way! Over the summer, Cassidy ran her videography business with the help and inspiration of her mentor and his network. She met with other young entrepreneurs for workshops on marketing, customer service and financial record keeping. She got to experience the frustrations, successes and challenges of running a small business without much of the risk. Better still, she was awarded a second grant of $1500 for completing the program when she returned to school.
“I would recommend the program to anyone with an idea for a business. It was a summer that changed my life! I learned how to problem solve in a pinch, network to engage customers and, manage my time so I didn’t miss the whole summer working. Best of all, I learned how to make an Elevator Speech – a skill that lasts a life time. That’s where you can describe who you are and what you do, in the time it takes to go up a few flights in an elevator. Because of the Summer Company program, I developed confidence that has lasted through my four years at Ryerson, where I am about to earn a degree in Media Production.” If you’re wondering what Cassidy is up to now, you can check out the web series she recently produced as her final thesis project at Ryerson called DriveGet.
Cassidy’s experience reflects the results of a provincial Summer Company survey conducted last fall. Of 865 participants 98% would recommend the program to others. They rated the development of entrepreneurial skills as the best takeaway from the summer and 86% intended to continue their business on a part time basis into the school year.
For the first time since the program started, County youth will be able to enrol in Summer Company right here in Prince Edward County. Students between the ages of 15 and 29 who are returning to school in the fall are eligible to apply. Sandy Abbott from the Small Business Centre is the program coordinator for the County. You can contact her for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 613.476.4240. This is your chance to Be Your Own Boss!
“Hair and fashion are my passions” says Jennifer Korver, owner of Indulge Hair Boutique in Wellington. “I’ve been working in the industry for over 11 years starting as a fashion stylist for special events and fashion shows, working my way into runway hair and then bridal. I chose to locate my business in Wellington as Prince Edward County is growing and I felt that there was a need for a fashion forward hair salon here and I’m glad I did. We’re looking forward to celebrating our first year anniversary this coming January.”
Indulge Hair Boutique is a full service salon with hair services for men, women, and children.
“We offer everything from color, cuts, perms and specialize in bridal services with on-location service for weddings and special events available.” “Our beauty bar offers manicures, pedicures, waxing, makeup application and collagen facial treatments. Retail hair products are available so you can recreate your look at home, as well as fashion jewelry and spa products” says Jennifer.
For more information or to book an appointment please contact:
Indulge Hair Boutique
186 Main St. Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
Spring Summer Hours
Sun-closed, Monday closed, Tuesday 9 AM to 5 PM, Wednesday- closed, thursday 9 AM to 5 PM ,Friday 9 AM to 5 PM ,Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM.
Sunday closed Monday closed Tuesday 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday closed Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM Friday closed Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM
The salon is easily accessible. There are no stairs and being located in a plaza provides plenty of accessible parking.
Prince Edward County businesses may now register with Prince Edward Learning Centre for the federal Career Focus program to hire new, young employees. Businesses filling a vacant position and willing to hire a person aged 30 and under starting their career may apply for a subsidy to support training costs. Kathy Kennedy, Executive Director of Prince Edward Learning Centre states, “This program will help young people stay in Prince Edward County and get career related experience. It is also a way for County businesses to take on new hires and have support for costs associated with training.”
The program will be available to up to 10 young people who have career related skills, but not necessarily experience. Potential employees must be 30 or under, have participated in skills-related training or post-secondary education, be legally entitled to work in Canada, and not be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits. Employers must have a vacant position for at least 30 hours of work per week and intend to offer permanent employment at the end of the placement period. The placement subsidy may cover 80% of the employee’s wages for up to 25 weeks. Businesses set the wage and may identify the candidate to be hired. All potential candidates must be deemed eligible by Prince Edward Learning Centre prior to starting employment. Employers and potential employees should contact Prince Edward Learning Centre to register.
Prince Edward Learning Centre supports adults to achieve their educational and employment related goals. They work with over 100 people each year and offer support for those completing high school or entering college, pre-employment programs for youth, and host a low income tax clinic and financial literacy programs.
For more information:
Prince Edward Learning Centre
206 Main Street, Lower Level of The Armoury
Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0