Selected by the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre, James Bortolus is a student that has been accepted to the Government of Ontario’s Summer Company Program. Summer Company is a program that gives students across the province the opportunity to start their own business during the summer, by offering guidance, support, and some start up capital.
Over the summer of 2010 James Bortolus started his own company called Big Top Carnivals. Big Top Carnivals is a business that specializes in creating carnival themed events, complete with Jumping Castle, Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Carnival Food, Games, and Prizes.
Having performed as a magician for many years prior to starting his business James says, “It’s just another step in my performing career, I’ve loved doing magic for years and now I want to take a little step in a different direction with this.”
When asked about his vision for his business he commented, “What were aiming to do, is bring the whole thing together. We don’t just want to be another company that drops off jumping castles. Because, it’s not just the castle, or the face paint, or the games… it’s the whole experience. It’s the carnival. I want the kids to be able to run between the events winning prizes, laughing, jumping, and having a blast. That’s my vision for Big Top Carnivals. To be more than just another company who drops off jumping castles to parties. I want to make it a show!”
Since starting this summer James has been working hard to grow the company and expand his repertoire of available services. “We already have 2 or 3 performers, 5 games, many themed carnival food services, and a jumping castle. And it’s only going to grow.”
James says: “It’s been quite a experience, and it’s only the beginning!”