Student Start Up Program
Norfolk County and its partners are fueling the creativity and entrepreneurship of Norfolk students through the Student Start Up Program (SSUP Norfolk). Entrepreneurs grow in Norfolk County, and we want to cultivate those abilities and instincts in students in Grades 6 to 12.
About SSUP Norfolk
SSUP Norfolk provides students in Grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to try self-employment during their summer holidays, July and August, as a viable way of employment and does not interfere with their studies throughout the school year.
The program is very student friendly. Students are required to fill out a business plan template, to increase their chances of being a successful applicant by further elaborating on their venture. The template covers the basic components of a business plan, provides a basic structure, and highlights the importance of putting ideas into action.
Applications are reviewed and successful applicants are notified prior to the end of June and awarded $200 to get them started.
Throughout the summer, students are encouraged to use the support of the sponsors to enhance their business and maximize their experience. Mid way through the summer a meet-and-greet event is held where sponsors and students can interact and be mutually encouraged. This is also an opportunity to highlight the value of learning and reminding the students of the report that can earn them a year-end bonus. After the students have run their business through the summer break they submit a report providing a business analysis of their efforts. A student that critique his or her business are awarded a $100 bonus for a job well done.
The program provides real experience in actual business and exposes young people to an alternative of being an employee or the ability to offset part-time work. They have the opportunity to following their creativity and dreams. With the support of the communities and sponsors from a wide range of backgrounds, contacts and knowledge, students receive a great experience as do all involved in growing as entrepreneurs and recognizing their true value.
How students can apply
The application deadline was June 23, 2017, at 4:30 pm. Intake is now closed for this year.
Successful applicants will be notifed by June 30, 2017.
For more information, contact Jerry Sucharyna, Economic Development Analyst, Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development, at 519-426-5870 ext 1305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
40 Student Businesses funded in 2016
Sponsors of Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP) funded 40 student businesses involving 52 young people in Grades 6 to 12 in summer 2016. Norfolk County received 85 applications from students in 24 elementary and secondary schools across the municipality. Submissions were reviewed carefully to ensure that students had prepared a basic business plan. Not all applications could be funded. In a ceremony on June 30, 2016, that filled the Council Chambers at Norfolk County, successful applicants were awarded $200 to start their business.
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Local Government Sponsor
Libro Credit Union
Ross & McBride LLP
Simcoe Lions Club
Van Amerongen & Son
Rassaun Services, Inc.
South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corp.
Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corp.
Toyotetsu Canada Inc.
The Beach House Restaurant
CarStar Collision Services
Creative Design Ink
Harvey’s / Swiss Chalet
Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show
Norfolk Rotaract Club
Attaboy Window Washing
Long Point Eco-Adventures
Haldimand County Economic Development & Tourism
Grand Erie Business Center
Companies and organizations in Norfolk County are welcome to contribute as sponsors.
- Download SSUP Sponsor form (to pay by cheque) or pay online below.
- Pay sponsorship online with credit card