Young en­trepreneurs launch sum­mer com­pa­nies

The Hamilton Spectator - - HAMILTON BUSINESS - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

MORE THAN TWO DOZEN high school and post-sec­ondary stu­dents in the Hamil­ton area are get­ting a hand start­ing their own busi­nesses this sum­mer, thanks to a pro­vin­cial ini­tia­tive. The On­tario Sum­mer Com­pany pro­gram of­fers men­tor­ship, hand­son train­ing and grants of up to $3,000 to star­tups to help young en­trepreneurs be­tween the ages of 15 and 29 get their ven­tures off the ground. This year’s par­tic­i­pants in­clude:

Hamzah Mamoon Smadi

SS CRE­ATIONS

De­signs web­sites for lo­cal small busi­nesses. Ai­dan Cur­ran

DIG­I­TAL AGE PINS AND PATCHES

An e-com­merce com­pany that sells pins and patches fea­tur­ing video game char­ac­ters, group lo­gos and other in­ter­net phe­nom­ena. Harneet Gill

HG PHO­TOG­RA­PHY & ME­DIA

A pho­tog­ra­phy and me­dia com­pany with a fo­cus on cap­tur­ing special mo­ments. Wil­liam Dang

WIL­LIAM DANG PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Pro­vides event cov­er­age, per­sonal por­traits, busi­ness ad­ver­tise­ments and other pho­tog­ra­phy ser­vices for cus­tomers in Hamil­ton, Mis­sis­sauga, Bramp­ton and the Toronto re­gion. Catharine Nguyen

JUST CHIC CLOTH­ING

Nguyen cre­ates and sells cus­tom cloth­ing with air­brush art us­ing sten­cils. An­drij Luczkiw

NAT­U­RAL ADS

A pro­mo­tional com­pany that helps busi­nesses mar­ket their prod­ucts or ser­vices us­ing place­mats. Ni­cole Dra­gus

DOLLED N’ DRESSED

An on­line com­pany that rents out new

and gen­tly used dresses to women of all shapes and sizes. Lind­say Fal­coner

JL GAR­DEN & LAND­SCAPE

Pro­vides land­scap­ing and gar­den­ing ser­vices through sum­mer and fall. Trinity Duffy

TRINITY’S BATH DE­LIGHTS

Spe­cial­izes in nat­u­ral skin and body care prod­ucts, in­clud­ing bath bombs and salts. Ju­lia Gi­ave­doni

JU­LIA’S ART PAL­ETTE

Home-based cus­tom art and pet por­trait com­pany that de­liv­ers the fin­ished work to the cus­tomer’s home. An­drei Paun

MIND ‘N MUS­CLE ATH­LET­ICS

On­line fit­ness cloth­ing store that of­fers at­tire for the gym and other ac­tiv­i­ties like yoga and walk­ing. Randy Ma­pumba Tshikuna

AIM AND ACHIEVE

Up­scale cloth­ing line tar­get­ing youth be­tween the ages of 12 and 20. Olivia Jor­dan

UNI­VER­SITY LAND­SCAP­ING

Land­scap­ing and lawn main­te­nance ser­vices for cus­tomers in Grimsby and Hamil­ton. Hu­maira Seta

WHAT’S IN A FRAME

Their cus­tom fram­ing sys­tems in­cor­po­rate clothes­pins so cus­tomers can hang mul­ti­ple pic­tures and switch them up eas­ily. Jesse Kochanka

KOCHANKA VISUALS

Video ser­vices for busi­nesses, not-for-prof­its and lo­cal artists. Alex Svarc

PURE LONGBOARDS CANADA

Hand­made, cus­tom-de­signed longboards, built to the client’s needs. Luca Va­leri

STU­DENT LAWN CARE

Pro­vides ba­sic lawn care ser­vices on a weekly or bi-weekly ba­sis.

Christina Stolte

THE HERB AND LADLE

A stall at the Hamil­ton Farm­ers’ Mar­ket that spe­cial­izes in bowl-based meals. Lidia Luczkiw

T-CRE­ATE

Prints cus­tom­ized lo­gos on T-shirts and mugs. Liam Cof­fen

LEAF EATER

Mer­chan­dise pro­mot­ing ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian life­styles. Alen Saric

FROZN

Of­fers ur­ban streetwear.

Harsh Bansal

ARTLY

Monthly, sub­scrip­tion-based col­lec­tion of art sup­plies de­liv­ered to clients to en­cour­age them to learn about vis­ual arts by cre­at­ing a project with in­cluded ma­te­ri­als and in­struc­tions. Robert An­der­son

3D ARMOURY

Cus­tom­ized 3D print­ing ser­vices fo­cus­ing on cos­play trin­kets, props and mem­o­ra­bilia.

Bassem Ya­coub

BASSMEDIA

Pho­tog­ra­phy and so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing. Zackaria Khodr

FINDMEADEALONKIJIJI.COM

An on­line com­pany that helps bud­get-friendly cus­tomers find what they’re look­ing for. Yosi La­dio

FO­CUS

Monthly sub­scrip­tion pack­age for stu­dents look­ing to ex­cel in their stud­ies by pro­vid­ing them with two one-hour ses­sions a week. Sab­rina Ram­nanan

MU­SIC THER­APY

Pro­vides mu­sic ther­apy as a way to help calm chil­dren with special needs.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram, go to:

WWW.ON­TARIO.CA

Search for sum­mer com­pany pro­gram.

npad­don@thes­pec.com 905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Alex Svarc is build­ing cus­tom longboards this sum­mer as part of the On­tario Sum­mer Com­pany pro­gram. His com­pany is called Pure Longboards.

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