Thursday, 04 June 2020 15:22

Two New Businesses Open Through Summer Company Program

During these unpredictable times, it is amazing to see the resiliency of businesses. Even more remarkable is when a new business opens amidst a crisis. Even more spectacular is when a new business opens during a crisis run by a young entrepreneur! We are excited to see the launch of two new businesses in North Grenville. Lumber2Lathe, operated by Jacob Kirkham, and Rabuka Yard Works, operated by Kai Rabuka, are open for business. The two entrepreneurs are a part of the 2020 Summer Company program.

Jacob Kirkham, Lumber2Lathe; Jacob will manufacture a collection of wooden gifts; including duck calls, bowls, rings and coasters. These items will be made from maple, black walnut and different types of wood using a lathe and other tools. These items are ideal gifts for special occasions. Jacob’s products will be available on Facebook and you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 514-347-0316 and Facebook: Lumber 2 Lathe.

Kai Rabuka, Rabuka Yard Works; is a small landscaping and yard maintenance company that provides residential or commercial lawn maintenance in the North Grenville, Merrickville, Manotick, and North Gower areas. He has ample experience with varied projects, with everything from basic lawn maintenance to building fire pits. You can reach Kai at 613-406-8268 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Facebook @rabukayardworks

The Summer Company program is facilitated by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. This is a particularly special year as they celebrate 20 years of delivering the Summer Company program. A Birthday Bash is planned for August 20, 2020. This year 6 young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss this summer. The entrepreneurs will use their creative genius to successfully operate their businesses this summer. Summer Company is funded by the Government of Ontario. The program provides hands-on business training and mentoring. The students are awarded up to $3,000. These funds help enterprising young people start up and run their own summer business. The participants will receive an award of up to $1,500 in early summer to help with business start-up costs, and an additional $1,500 award in the fall upon the successful completion of their Summer Company business and proof of returning to school. They also receive an opportunity to meet every two weeks with a local business mentoring group for support and advice on operating their summer business.