Ten companies have been accepted for IION’s Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP). These ten companies are receiving funding through the YEPP to hire a youth intern for 16-weeks this summer. These companies are supporting the next generations of entrepreneurs in our region and IION thanks you for that!
Country Basics North is a depot of propriety green bulk cleaning supplies including laundry, dish soap, softener, all purpose cleaner etc. Their products are for residential, janitorial and industrial services. Their green products are all natural and have a complete disclosure of all raw materials. They have also invented refillable air-O-sol cans- with air as the propellant. You can use these over and over with no adverse effects to the environment. Country Basics is in the process of setting up a retail store as well as a manufacturing facility in North Bay. The intern will be assisting in marketing initiatives, setting up new business accounts as well as assisting in launching their retail store and manufacturing facility.
The Escape Movement is a clothing brand based out of North Bay. They first launched their collection in 2010 and brand awareness grew quickly. In 2013 they began manufacturing their goods in Canada, and have made it their mission to become 100% Canadian made by 2016. They also aspire to one day bring their entire manufacturing process to Northern Ontario. The Escape Movement is in the process of creating a new mobile “pop-up” unit.
Their intern will be working on developing their own manufacturing division and test marketing their new unit.
Highlander Brewing Company is a small northern craft brewery located in the village of South River. Highlander was founded in 2009 and produces high end, ultra-premium ales that enlighten the palate and thrill the senses. Over the last three years Highlander brewery has grown from 1000 litres per month selling in 20 stores to 10,000 litres per month selling in over 200 stores in Ontario. Highlander will be expanding into their new brewery later this year. Also, Highlander will be introducing a new Brewer Technician program which will be offered at the brewery in conjunction with Canadore College.
Their intern will be assisting in their marketing initiatives including their crowdfunding campaign, attending trade shows and coordinating sales with salespeople across the province.
Lighthouse Manufacturing produces innovative, high value, low cost machined brass and aluminum forgings. They have been forging and machining for over 40 years, they believe in utilizing advanced technology to compete globally. They service various industries including plumbing, fire suppression and automative. Their intern will be assisting in their Human Resources department including training employees, updating procedures and developing a database to track employee records. The intern will also be responsible for developing a new orientation experience for a more enjoyable training experience for new employees.
Northern Edge Algonquin is an award-winning nature retreat at Kawawaymog Lake, 20 km east of South River, ON. “The Edge” has been recognized with various awards for the tourism experience that they provide. The Edge offers nature connection experiences year-round and works very closely with various like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs in their area. Their intern will be interacting with the guides providing engagement activities, creating friendly nature connection experiences as well as planning for the Social Innovation Summit for youth in the fall of 2015.
TECC Agriculture is a crop consulting, field service, and agricultural technology company based in New Liskeard, ON. The company was founded in 2012 and focuses on precision agriculture which is the future in this industry. TECC currently services clients including cash crop farms, real estate agencies, industry producer groups and investment firms. TECC is constantly developing new services which meet the needs of the farmer. Their intern will be doing various product testing and market research. The individual will also be responsible to introduce TECCs technology to the area farmers.
Mid North Recycling (MNR) is a privately owned and operated facility located in New Liskeard, ON. They are dedicated to converting waste alloy materials (ferrous and nonferrous) into commercially viable products, utilizing environmentally friendly recycling methods. MNR purchases material from a variety of merchants including peddler just dropping off materials to providing bin services to many of the local fabrication shops. Their intern will be assisting in developing a preventive maintenance program and inventory control system as well as working in equipment maintenance with their mechanics.
Gin-Cor was established in 1978 in Mattawa as a regional service repair shop for heavy equipment for the forestry sector, today, they sell, install, service and build large heavy trucks. Today, Gin-Cor is an industry leader in the custom manufacturing of vocational severe-service vehicles. A company built on a tradition of quality workmanship a technical innovation. The organization currently builds approximately 350-400 trucks per year. Their intern will be expanding their customer data base through a CRM, create a new marketing strategy through market research as well as conduct studies on their current customers.
Four Season Greens is a producer of sprouts and micro-greens in Muskoka, operating since December 2010. They supply most of the restaurants in Muskoka, specialty retail outlets, resorts and caterers with fresh produce year-round. They also do sprouting and nutrition workshops, and sell sprouting kits, seeds, supplies and resources through our on-line store. Their mission is to grow produce locally year-round through innovative and sustainable agricultural practices, and to facilitate the development of similar projects in other communities, thereby enhancing food security and community health. Their intern will be assisting in their marketing and promotions of their new product lines, conducting market research and testing, as well as work on preparing for food safety certifications.
MetricAid, a North Bay, ON technology company, is transforming Emergency Department Physician scheduling. Using internally developed tools and artificial intelligence algorithms; MetricAid provides recommendations and optimized physician schedules based on patient flow and physician performance data. Emergency Departments currently using the MetricAid solution realize improved patient wait times, enhanced physician workalike balance and a positive environment for the practice of better medicine. Their intern will be assisting in developing a CRM system as well as developing a marketing campaign for potential clients.