Staples highlights summer start-ups and the young entrepreneurs behind them

Winners of "Summer Company" Government program make their business case at Staples locations across Ontario

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Students with a winning entrepreneurial drive set up shop at 20 Staples locations to share the vision behind their business plans as part of the "Summer Company" initiative.

The program, in its first year, showcases the winners of Summer Company, a program conducted by the Ministry of Economic Development. The program gives students between the ages of 15 and 29 the opportunity to win $3,000 to get their summer ventures off the ground.

The program also provides advice and mentorship from local business leaders to guide winning entries.

"We're very proud to give student entrepreneurs a platform to promote their new ideas and receive feedback from our customers, on-site and in real time," says Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "Helping to develop the talent and business acumen of our Canadian youth is a good investment for our company."

The youth entrepreneurship and employment initiative allows students returning to school in the fall the chance to receive an initial $1,500 and an additional $1,500 upon completion of the program. Students commit to an average of 35 hours per week, comparable to real-world work hours.

The Summer Company event took place at Staples locations in Toronto, Ottawa, Markham, Richmond Hill, Oshawa, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Scarborough, Cornwall, Pembroke, Barrie, Kingston, Sudbury and Peterborough.

For more information on the program's details, please visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany.

About Staples Canada
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it's in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company's innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston in the United States with offices in Toronto, Canada, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com and www.staples.ca.

 

SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Howard Fitzpatrick, General Manager of the 945 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto Staples location (far left) and Chris Staniland, District manager for Staples Canada (far right) are pictured with 13 student entrepreneurs as they showcase their summer businesses as part of the Government of Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program, Summer Company. 20 Staples locations across Ontario were involved in similar showcase events on June 24, 2015. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150625_C6110_PHOTO_EN_18321.jpg

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Head of Communications Canada, Staples Canada, 905-737-1147 x 2363 / alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Nicole Chin, Torchia Communications, 416-341-9929 ext. 230 / nicole@torchiacom.com

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