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Norfolk County
Economic Development
185 Robinson St, Ste 200, Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6 Canada
Phone: 519-426-9497
Toll Free: 1-800-699-9038


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

There are two ways students can apply:

Follow instructions on the online and printed application form to be eligible.

Application deadline is June 23, 2017, no later than 4:30pm. Successful applicants will be notifed by June 30, 2017.

More Information

For more information, contact Jerry Sucharyna, Economic Development Analyst, Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development, at 519-426-5870 ext 1305 or email

40 Student Businesses funded in 2016

SSUP participants 2016 Norfolk County Student Start Up

The first successful applicants to SSUP

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.

Here’s what their customers say:

“Just hired one of your young people. She is an amazing dog walker. Great programme, great encouragement for young people. Thanks Norfolk! – M.J.”

Student Start Up program Norfolk SSUP


2017 Sponsors

Local Government Sponsor
Norfolk County

5-Star Sponsor
MHN Lawyers
Titan Trailers
Venture Norfolk

3-Star Sponsors
South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corp.

1-Star Sponsors
CarStar Collision Services
Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show

Long Point Eco-Adventures
Simcoe Reformer
Whistling Gardens


Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies and organizations in Norfolk County are welcome to contribute as sponsors.

SSUP Sponsorship Levels (plus HST)
Sponsor Name:
Sponsor Phone: