Teens can create own summer jobs

Thanks to the Northwestern Ontario Business Self-help Office in Kenora and our the Rainy River Future Development Corp., local students now have the option of creating their own business with the “Summer Company” program.
Last Tuesday (Feb. 19), the T.A.P. program at Fort High gave a brief presentation on this program.
Carmela Laffin, a small business consultant from Kenora, with the help of Crystal Godbout of the RRFDC, explained to Grade 9 and 10 students how they could become their own bosses during the summer.
The program aims to motivate people aged 15- 29, who are not employed and will going back to school after the summer, to become self-starters.
Students can pick up an application form from the FFHS Guidance Department, which is to be filled out and turned in by April 2.
Along with the application, it is essential students complete a business plan, including research on things like the product, competition, etc.
Summer Company representatives review the application, and they may call the student in for an interview.
If the student is approved, he or she then will have to complete 12 hours of training and be given $1,500 for their start-up fees in May or June.
If the student stays with the program for eight to 12 weeks, they will be given a certificate. And if they are going back to school, they will receive a bonus of $1,500.
If students need any help, they’re encouraged to call Angela Halvorsen, the local rep of the Summer Company program at the RRFDC.
If students don’t wish to go for Summer Company, they’re still encouraged to enter the annual business plan competition, where they could win up to $1,000 and a trip to the regional competition.
If they do well there, they could travel to the provincial championship.
Students can work in groups, but they must be prepared to split any winnings among the whole team.