Entrepreneur spotlight: Summer Company blog series

We’re doing a mini series featuring 28 young entrepreneurs in the Summer Company program run by the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Summer Company provides hands-on business coaching and mentoring to these young entrepreneurs to help them run a small business throughout the summer.

The City of Vaughan has a strong and vibrant business community of more than 10,000 businesses. Small business is the backbone of a successful city, and Vaughan proudly supports the growth and entrepreneurial spirit of this community.

Here is the final post in the series, which highlights a group of young entrepreneurs offering photography and services aimed at promoting healthy, active living.


Amir Rezvani — Heirloom Professional Photography
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean it should cost a lot of money. Amir Rezvani founded Heirloom Professional Photography with a vision to turn his passion into affordable heirlooms for families. Photography has always been a hobby of Amir’s and thanks to Summer Company, his work is fun and rewarding. Working both in-home and in-studio, he provides customers with professional photography services for events in the GTA and also does portrait photography.

Arshia Sotoudeh — Memories Photography
Arshia Sotoudeh is a Ryerson University student with a passion for photography. Through his Summer Company, Memories Photography, Arshia is able to provide his clients with pictures that capture memories they can cherish forever. He specializes in event, family and couples photography.

Evan Ventura — Just Flexing
Evan Ventura has a passion for fitness and is studying kinesiology at York University. Over the summer, Evan is using his fitness expertise and experience cultivated through many years at the gym to establish his clothing line, Just Flexing. The line is geared towards gym enthusiasts who want durable and comfortable active-wear. Just Flexing provides fresh fitness wear for active young adults who want to look and feel great. 


Janathan Sivanayaham — En-Route Coaching
Janathan Sivanayaham is a university student studying human biology. His Summer Company, En-Route Coaching, provides softball coaching and lessons to teenagers aged 13 to 17. Janathan provides one-on-one and group coaching lessons for hitting, pitching and fielding. His experience includes four years of high-school baseball and two years of playing softball in the Ontario Tamil Softball League.

Michael Krakovsky — Michael’s School of Swimming
Michael Krakovsky is a high-school student and his Summer Company, Michael’s School of Swimming, teaches swimming skills and pool safety to children and adults eager to improve their swimming fundamentals. His experience as a volunteer and swimming instructor with the City of Vaughan since 2011 gave him the knowledge he needed to offer private lessons for new       swimmers and those with limited water safety knowledge.

Thanks for tuning in! If you or someone you know is interested in starting a Summer Company, be sure to contact me as soon as possible about our 2015 intake. Space is limited!

Raphael Costa
Small Business Consultant
Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre

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