Cornwall Business Enterprise Center showcases Summer 2021 businesses


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Seven students will have the support of the City of Cornwall to start their own small business this summer.


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Local students, from high school to college, were selected from a pool of 13 applicants and each received $ 1,500 to offset start-up costs. After the summer period, they will receive an additional $ 1,500 if they attend weekly workshops and maintain their businesses. The presentation of the Summer Company program to the recipients took place virtually on June 28.

Afaq Virk, a high school student at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, founded MathemaTech Tutoring and Computer Support for his love of technology and helping others.

“Studies and technology have always been two things that fascinate me a lot, both growing up and as potential areas of interest for study and my career. I have already provided tech support as well as many students and staff at my school, and absolutely appreciate it, ”Virk said in a press release.

MathemaTech will offer services such as tutoring, game and software development courses, technology support, virtual event hosting and graphic design, among others.

The program is managed by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Center. Students will learn all aspects of the business and be helped to make it a success. Weekly workshops will include training in accounting, regulation, marketing, credit scores, insurance, customer service and digital.

“We try to provide a good overview of all aspects of running a business. We hope to encourage entrepreneurship in their future, ”said Candy Pollard, business consultant with CBEC, in an email.


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Rebecca Macintosh, an addictions and counseling student at Algonquin College, grew up on a dairy farm in Apple Hill. It was there that she began to think about new ways to bring life to the farm.

“We have an over 200 year old barn here on the property, and I would like to preserve some of the history while creating a new attraction to bring people to our farm,” Macintosh said.

The barn has become the new space for the ice cream store, which sells 100% Canadian dairy desserts, and also bears his name. The Ole Sugar Barn Ice Cream Shop has been open and running for weeks and sells 12 flavors of Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream.

“My great-grandfather wanted to set up an ice cream stand around the corner, so now I’m doing it,” Macintosh said.

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Sadie Thompson created Amare Crowns after realizing there was a gap in the cultural headwear market. Thompson learned of the need after making one for her friend, who traditionally wears one for birthdays.

“We were getting ready to go to Ottawa for her birthday, and she explained how a little sad she was because in her culture, she would have worn a wreath to celebrate the pride of being one year older… There, j said, let’s do one! And we rushed to the florist, ”said Thompson.

Handmade wreaths typically cost around $ 25 and can be seen on the Crowns of Amare website or Facebook page.


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Teethal Patel has created EZShop, an online store that sells a variety of items. Patel, who graduated from Holy Trinity High School this summer, was looking for the next step in his life and found out about the program.

“Today, people mainly shop online, and an e-commerce store is mainly run by websites and other online resources. So, I started to think, why not take it and start an ecommerce business called EZShop, ”Patel said.

Connor Budz, a St. Joseph High School, has an appropriate last name for his Forever Green Plant Shop business enterprise. Budz noticed a demand for gardening and houseplants, and began collecting and propagating exotic and rare species for sale.

“I know how much work people have put into their gardens over the past year… Now that we are able to open up some more, I am delighted to see people and help them get new plants for them. their homes, ”said Budz, who learned the skills while working at a local flower shop.

Budz now has over 200 plants on his list.

The final recipient, Issac Poirier-Hanniman, has created a simple business to address the labor shortage in Eastern Ontario that plagues some businesses. Poirier Lawn and Garden Care offers landscaping services.

“There is a lot of demand in the city where I live… there are a lot of people who can’t or won’t mow their lawns, and just by walking around you can see dozens of unmown lawns ready. for a good cleaning, ”said Poirier-Hanniman.

As a student at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Poirier-Hanniman hopes the company will help him save enough money to go to college.

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