Summer Company

The South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre is pleased to partner with Staples Collingwood to launch five new businesses with the support of the Summer Company program.

The entrepreneurs are participants of Summer Company, Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program for students ages 15-29. The program offers hands-on business training, mentorship, and funding up to $3000. The South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre is proud to introduce the five participants of the 2019 Summer Company program:

TheMcKay Barr - Barrk Bowls

Barrk Bowls provides pet feeding solutions by repurposing barn board in raised box form that holds stainless steel food and water bowls and features a personalized dog bone on the front for the pet’s name. McKay Barr, a 17 year-old student at Collingwood Collegiate Institute, learned that by raising the bowls pets experience healthier feeding due to the angle of their neck which improves digestion. 10% profit from each sale goes to support the great work being done by the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. Find Barrk Bowls by visiting the Collingwood Farmers Market or on Kijiji by searching Barrk Bowls.

Contact:, @barrkbowls on Instagram

Alexis Sullivan - Escarpment Marketing

Creative direction is the foundation of Escarpment Marketing. We provide design solutions to better market your company - so you can focus on your business while we focus on attracting your customers. Taking care of everything from the content on your website to the details on your business cards.

With an educational background in commerce and a specialization in marketing management, the founder behind Escarpment Marketing has spent years researching and collaborating to find the most effective tools in the industry. And with a love for coffee, many early mornings and late nights are dedicated to expanding our skills in creative direction. Our services are tailored to help companies reach their potential by increasing traffic and engagement.

Joshua Burella - Primitive Patterns

We believe our customer benefits greatly from taking part in any of our unique health experiences. Currently we run an outdoor workout program here in Collingwood as well as destination based retreats in Nicaragua. When someone interacts with our brand they feel reconnected to their mind, their physical body and nature. We have created this company because we believe people are suffering mentally, physically and losing touch with nature. We believe that if we can facilitate a re-connection with mind, body and nature we will help people become the most vibrant, loving and balanced person they can be and this will have a massive ripple effect on the world as a whole.

Olivia Wilding-Davies - Next Level Promotions

Next Level Promotions specializes in store demonstrations of local products. The benefits of in store demonstrations are many, the largest being increased awareness of the product to potential customers resulting in an increase in store sales. It also helps customers become more knowledgeable about the product and locate the product in the store, which benefits both the consumer and the retailer. Next Level Promotions works with local products to boost brand awareness and support the existing relationship they have with their retailers. Next Level Promotions organises the demonstrations, sets up and executes them. At the end of the demo a report is sent highlighting the sales of the day, how many people were sampled, feedback from the customers, and photos. The demonstrations are all supported on social media.

Contact:, 705-888-3774

John Cardillo Jr. - Forty-Three Figure Films

A youth-based production company with the goal of utilizing the medium of filmmaking for the betterment of society. With the clear and defined focus on creating content that will benefit those in need, Forty-Three Figure Films provides support by highlighting those who require help and providing financial support where possible. Through a business and social enterprise based model, the objective is to not only shed light on the issues faced within our world but to work as an active force in ending those issues and be a leading force in positive change.

Contact: Tim Newton, Manager of the Small Business Enterprise Centre

105 Hurontario St, Collingwood

705-446-3355 EXT- 3

10 Jul 2019