Summer Company 2018

The South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre partnered with Staples Collingwood to launch eight new businesses with the support of the Summer Company program.

Summer Company is a program of the government of Ontario that helps young people between 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business by providing funding, advice and services.

The eight budding entrepreneurs from South Georgian Bay showcased their new businesses, networked with entrepreneurs, and engaged with the community on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Staples in Collingwood.

The entrepreneurs are participants of Summer Company, Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program for students ages 15-29.

The Summer Company program offers hands-on business training, mentorship, and funding up to $3000.

Andrew Blakey Lopez

Andrew Blakey Lopez started Your Future Fitness in February, 2018. He says the business grew from an idea in a college dorm to what he calls a full blown reality.

“I want to help you to take the first step in improving your health and fitness and I’m super excited to take this journey with you!”

Andrew’s web site,, says he has combined his love and knowledge of health and fitness with his passion for helping people.

As a fitness professional, Andrew wants to save people the time it takes to drive to the gym, check in, wait for busy machines to free up, and drive home; by bringing the gym to you.

Elias Andersen

Elias Andersen of Meaford has found a way to hit a home run in the business of baseball.

His business, ChampTrax, brings the benefits of “big data” to competitive athletes at a fraction of the cost of similar technologies.

This is quite an accomplishment for this young Pretty River Academy student. He has met with major league baseball officials to promote his product.

ChampTrax, an electronic baseball umpire, uses microphones and sound triangulation, relying on math equations to accurately call where and when each sound originated.

In a world where technology continues to find its way into professional sporting events, Andersen’s Electronic Baseball Umpire System can determine if a runner is safe or out.

He has hit a home run!

These are just two of the eight talented young people participating in this year’s South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre Summer Company program.

Here are this year’s Summer Company participants:

Elias Andersen of ChampTrax Technologies Inc:
ChampTrax brings the benefits of “big data” to competitive athletes at a fraction of the cost of similar technologies.

Nicole Bennett of Stinger Cream:
Manufacturing a natural tattoo cream made from beeswax and natural ingredients.

Andrew Blakey Lopez of Your Future Fitness:
A mobile personal training service combining the convenience of working out where you choose, with a targeted individualized approach to fitness training.

Jake Burella of MountainWood Painting Co:
Providing full or partial painting for both interior and exterior surfaces, serving Collingwood, the Blue Mountains, and the surrounding area.

Nathanial Demerchant of Worker Monkey:
A jack of all trades for the local community.

Muckpaloo Ipeelie of Retro Crepe Cafe:
A food trailer offering quick and delicious coffee and crepes, serving the South Georgian Bay region.

Erik Ohrling of The Tech Tutor:
The Tech Tutor assists and teaches seniors with technology and devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones and more.

Rachel St. Louis of Rachel St. Louis Photography:
A photography business focusing on high quality architectural images in the Grey Bruce region.

The South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre invites the community to welcome the new business owners, and to learn more about each participant and the products and services that they will be offering.

For more information, please contact:
Tim Newton, Manager, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre.
(705) 446-3355
105 Hurontatio Street
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 2L9

Visit the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre’s web site:

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