Cornwall, Ontario – More than 400 youth across Cornwall, SDG and neighboring Counties will come together to explore entrepreneurship at the first Youth Entrepreneurship in Action Event hosted by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre at Aultsville Hall on March 8th.

The event will officially open the Centre’s popular Summer Company program which encourages young people to start their own business. To inspire all in attendance, local founder and author Marc Lafleur will be sharing his own entrepreneurial journey to motivate young people to launch their own business.

Marc Lafleur is an entrepreneur from Cornwall that has been recognized for his business achievement by CBC, the Globe and Mail, Harry Rosen and most notably Dragon’s Den. He took his company TRULOCAL from a start-up to an eventual successful $16.7 million acquisition — all within five years.

“There are so many talented young people in Cornwall and SDG”, says Shauna Baggs, Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “We are thrilled to be working with Marc and our community partners to further encourage youth in our community to pursue their own entrepreneurial journey, and offer the Centre’s support as they further develop their ideas.”

Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre has partnered with Marc and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, St. Lawrence College, and the Eastern Ontario Training Board to present the first Youth Entrepreneurship in Action Event to start the conversation about becoming an entrepreneur.

About the Event

CBEC is pleased to offer free admission to the Youth Entrepreneurship in Action Event taking place at Aultsville theatre from 10:00am-Noon on March 8th.  The event will be a great opportunity for students to learn about what it takes to become your own boss and the time and commitment to becoming a success entrepreneur.  The keynote presentation will be delivered by Marc Lafleur speaking to inspire students to start their own business and to learn how he went from struggling in high school to creating a successful company, and it will launch the Summer Company Program for this year.

There is no cost to attend the Youth Entrepreneurship Event, however pre-registration is required as space is limited, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

Register before March 6th:

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About Summer Company

Summer Company is a program funded by the Government of Ontario to help students with start-up money to kick-off a new summer business. The program includes advice and mentorship from the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre and local business leaders to help get the business up and running.

Learning how to run a business is one of the best summer jobs a student can have. Participants of the program get to be their own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills participants will develop.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying for the 2023 program must complete their applications by May 15th, 2023.

CBEC encourages those interested to submit applications as early as possible in order to have the best chance of being accepted.

Steps to apply are listed below: