Be your own boss this summer

The Little Bean Company


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Charlotte Alexander, the little bean that wood

The Little Bean company came to life when Charlotte Alexander noticed that many people took a particular interest in gardening and yard improvement during the pandemic. Having done woodworking in the past, building garden planters from new and recycled wood was what she is focusing on. Combining her creativity, interest in building items made from wood, and interest in sustainability, she has been creating unique planters for her growing customer base.

“The highlight of my business has been to see my clients’ reaction when they pick up their planters made by a 17-year-old female entrepreneur. The Summer Company program provided me not only with the ability to start up my business in terms of costs but also with the knowledge required in this industry. Through workshops with a variety of individuals, who each had something unique to share, and the experience of starting my own business, I’ve definitely learned more than I was expecting to.”


“The highlight of my business has been to see my clients’ reaction when they pick up their planters made by a 17-year-old female entrepreneur.”

– Charlotte Alexander, The Little Bean Company

Program participants receive

Interactive workshops

Hands-on mentorship

A grant of up to $3,000

A digital community of entrepreneurial peers

One of the best summer jobs you can have

Build your business

  • Propose a new business idea separate from any current family businesses.
  • Prepare a business plan that shows the business can successfully launch and operate this summer.
  • Learn what it takes to run a successful business through interactive workshops and hands-on coaching by experienced entrepreneurs.
  • Develop skills in sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and online sales.
  • Run your business; be prepared to invest 35 hours a week to operate it during the summer.


Leverage the start-up money

A grant of up to $3,000 will be awarded to successful applicants in two instalments:

  • The first instalment of up to $1,500 will be provided to cover startup costs at the beginning of the program.
  • The second instalment of up to $1,500 will be provided upon successful completion of the program.


Find your community

  • Meet like-minded young entrepreneurs like yourself.
  • Share your passions.
  • Make friends along the way.

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Apply now and be your own boss this summer

Is the Summer Company Program for you?

  • Be between 15 and 29 years old.
  • Currently a student and returning to school in the fall (proof of enrollment required).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant residing in Ontario.
  • Are not already running a business.
  • Are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program.
How to apply

Applications for 2021 program are open until May 23. Here is how to apply:

What to expect after you submit your application
  • If your application meets the program requirements, you will be instructed to complete the Summer Company business plan template and start up budget calculator.
  • Once your business plan and startup budget calculator are complete and submitted, your program coordinator will invite you for an interview.
  • After the interview, your program coordinator will let you know if you’ve been approved to participate in the program.

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