Seven new student-run small businesses are launching in our area.

The Stratford Perth Centre for Business says the new businesses are launching with help from the Summer Company program.

The program includes mentorship and provincial grants totaling $21,000 for local entrepreneurs in Stratford and Perth County with the program funded by the Province of Ontario and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

Program graduates include:

Evan Johnson, Doggy Delights: Evan is running an organic dog treat business focused on providing dogs delicious and healthy treats.

Meredith MacMillan, Mere’s Brows n’ Lashes: Meredith is taking the industry up a notch with her eyelash and eyebrow beauty services to make customers feel more confident.

Marshall McCormick, Marshall’s Egg-cellent Egg: Marshall’s goal is to start your morning on the right foot by providing delicious premium eggs to his customers.

Rachel Olsen, BinTags: Rachel’s business serves the community by creating customized vinyl labels for garbage, recycling, and green bins that neatly display your address so they will never get lost. Her products are high quality and customizable, making sure you get a product that feels like you.

Oscar Stueck, Bea’s T’s: A creative design business that offers high quality shirts, hoodies, art prints and cards with original designs that’ll be sure to turn heads.

Dailey Trainor, From the G:  Dailey has created his own streetwear brand specializing in t-shirt and hoodie printing, that feature socially aware and meaningful messaging. Dailey wishes to market “From The G” as a voice for the youth of the Stratford area and intends to encompass Stratford’s lively and exciting downtown area and artistic history in his designs.