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21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs

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  -“21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs”-

Conception Bay South, NL, August 9th, 2018 – Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador’s 21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards Ceremony is dedicated to celebrating the success of the young entrepreneurs and future leaders of our province while promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career path for Newfoundland and Labrador youth. In its 26 years of operation the Youth Ventures program has helped 7000 entrepreneurs start 4350 businesses by providing advice on idea development, business planning, marketing direction, financial advice, hiring employees and more.

The awards were presented to 7 outstanding entrepreneurs as well as 1 Community Mentor and 1 Youth Ventures Coordinator.

Venture of the Year
Kimberley Dunphy – KMD Designs, Carbonear, NL
Sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs

Excellence in Financial Management
Matthew Lawrence – TutorNL, Conception Bay South, NL
Sponsored by BDC

Excellence in Marketing
Justine Anderson – Wildflower Company, Port aux Basques, NL
Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave

Trailblazer of the Year
Micah Sacrey, Jonathan Sacrey – 3D Portrait Prints, Stephenville, NL
Sponsored by iDesign

Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)
Dariya Sooley – Bills & Beaks, Trepassey, NL
Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Excellence in Arts & Tourism
Logan Humby – Logan’s Bergy Bits, St. Lunaire-Griquet, NL
Sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

Excellence in Customer Service
Alyssa Barrett, Karlie Squires – A&K Candy Boutique, Old Perlican, NL
Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

Mentor of the Year
Virginia McNeil, Trepassey, NL

Star Coordinator
Gary Noseworthy, Carbonear, NL

On hand to help celebrate these young business owners’ achievements are representatives of Youth Ventures partners: Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, representing the Government of Canada; Betty Parsley, MHA Harbour Main, representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Larry Fawcett, Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporation (CBDCs). Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East and Richard Murphy, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Conception Bay South, were also in attendance.

“We need to allow youth to think creatively in order to better prepare them for the unknown jobs of tomorrow.  The Youth Ventures Program is a safe space to try out a new idea, take a risk and learn financial responsibility,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs. “We are trying to foster an ecosystem that will enable youth to thrive in business.”

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided $425,009 through the Business Development Program (BDP) to enable the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporations to deliver the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“This summer, young people all across Newfoundland and Labrador had a taste of what it takes to run a small business, thanks to the guidance and mentorship provided through the Youth Ventures Program,” said Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “I applaud them for their hard work, thank them for their contributions to their communities and to the economy, congratulate them on their successes and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence.”

The Provincial Government provided $95,000 to support this year’s Youth Ventures Program.

“Youth Ventures harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit of young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, supporting them as they plan to start their own business and guiding them through every step of the process,” said Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “Our government is pleased to support Youth Ventures and its efforts to help youth create new opportunities right here at home.”

Youth Ventures is a program presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs that promotes entrepreneurship as a primary career option for youth in Newfoundland & Labrador. Youth Ventures employs 25 site coordinators across the province to foster youth business development.

For more information, please contact Ashley Pomeroy: 709-745-4406 / ashley.pomeroy@cbdc.ca
Cellular: Roseanne Leonard / 709-691-5530

Program Updates

CBDC’s Youth Ventures program is back for the 26th season helping Newfoundland and Labrador youth start businesses

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St. John’s, NL, June 8th, 2018 – Young people interested in starting a business this summer have a place to turn for help. Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador, a program which helps students aged 12-29 start their own businesses, is up and running for its 26th season.

“Youth Ventures empowers young people to turn their hobbies, interests and passions into money making profitable ventures,” said Ashley Pomeroy, Provincial Coordinator, Youth Ventures. “The program is available to students from May to September, with coordinators in 25 locations across the province. In addition to our community-based sites, we’re thrilled this year to also partner with the Association for New Canadians to support immigrant youth and Choices for Youth to support at-risk youth.

To kickoff the season, Youth Ventures participants from a variety of industries showcased their products and services at Common Ground Coworking today. Island Cosmetics, a Newfoundland and Labrador themed vegan cosmetics manufacturer; The Convenience Crew, a lawn care and garbage removal company; and Tolt Sticks, a handcrafted walking stick company made from Newfoundland hardwood, were some of the participating businesses.

On hand to help celebrate these young business owners’ achievements are representatives of Youth Ventures partners: Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for Avalon, representing the Government of Canada; Bernard Davis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Service NL representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporation (CBDCs).

“The start of the Youth Ventures season is always an exciting part of the year for CBDCs. There is an energy about the program, that helps remind us of the creativity and enthusiasm that youth in Newfoundland and Labrador have for starting their own business,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs. “Entrepreneurial aspirations are evident as more and more youth want to be their own boss.” Since the program started in 1992, we’ve helped over 7000 young entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) invested $425,009 through the Business Development Program (BDP) to enable the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporations to deliver the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“The Government of Canada invests in young people, in their innovative ideas and in business growth because we know that in order to face the challenges of today and tomorrow, we will need the hard work and creativity of all Canadians – young and old,” said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).  “This investment will see Youth Ventures delivered to youth across Newfoundland and Labrador and will help enterprising young people to start their own summer businesses and to contribute to our economy.”

The Provincial Government is providing $95,000 this year to the Youth Ventures Program.

“Our government is pleased to support Youth Ventures which provides invaluable assistance to our provinces young people who are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and creating opportunities and employment for themselves,” said the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “I commend Youth Ventures for expanding this year to include immigrant youth. This focus is encouraging as we continue to implement the provincial immigration action plan and work to increase newcomers to 1,700 newcomers annually by 2022.”

 

For more information, please contact Ashley Pomeroy:
709-745-4406 /
ashley.pomeroy@cbdc.ca
Cellular: Roseanne Leonard / 709-691-5530

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Youth Ventures Winners Circle Prize Giveaway

It’s that time of year again!

We are so excited to be teaming up again this year with the OZFM Summer Cruiser Team!

Catch us out and about at events and grab yourself an OZFM Winners Circle.

To celebrate, we will be giving away a Youth Ventures prize pack. All you have to do to enter is use the entry widget below. A winner will be chosen on August 10th, 2018 and notified by entry method.

 

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Interested in starting your own business this summer? Youth Ventures can help! Check out our Get Started page to learn more! https://youthventuresnl.com/getstarted/

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2017 Youth Ventures Award Winners – 20th Annual Youth Ventures Awards

2017 Award Winners

On August 10th, 2017, Youth Ventures celebrated the 20th Annual Youth Ventures Awards, presented by the CBDC. During this afternoon event, young entrepreneurs were recognized for their excellence throughout the summer program. 2017 was an amazing year for many youth in our province and we’re ecstatic to be part of their entrepreneurial journey. To learn more about the amazing, young entrepreneurs thriving in this province, check out their businesses below!

2017 Venture of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Venture of the Year, sponsored by NL Association of CBDCs, is Jenna Dimmer.

This award is given to the business that was overall the most successful and well established business of that year. This business is quite visible, profitable, well known and the participant usually works full time. The nature of the business usually has the potential for longevity.

Jenna Dimmer has created a full service Salon in the heart of Marystown on the Burin Peninsula. The 23 year old provides high quality hair cuts for men, women, and children, colors, highlights, foils, waxings, manicures, pedicures, and more. Her one stop shop salon is build around the concept of customer service. Jenna has displayed growth, passion, positivity, and great business skills over the past two years that she has been involved with Youth Ventures.

CBDC

Sponsored by CBDC

2017 Excellence in Financial Management

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Financial Management, sponsored by BDC – Business Development Bank of Canada, is Alyssa Barrett and Karlie Squires.

This award is given to a business with outstanding financial record keeping. The nomination materials should show how the business owner used any profit, repaid loans or ran a cost effective business.

Alyssa & Karlie are the owners of A&K Candy Boutique, a full service Candy Bouquet creator in Old Perlican. In 2016 Alyssa & Karlie joined the Youth Ventures program to pursue their dream of operating their own business. In just two short summers they have amassed a large and growing customer base which they go above and beyond to satisfy. Alyssa & Karlie’s financial management skills have also been outstanding throughout the entirety of the summer. Their book keeping abilities since opening their business have been impeccable, which in turn makes for outstanding financial management.

Sponsored by BDC

2017 Excellence in Marketing

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Marketing, sponsored by Event 3Sixty, is Steven Ryan and Ephraim Messele.

This award will be given to the business that used outstanding marketing to develop the business’s brand. Creativity in attracting customers and determining pricing are examples of excellent marketing initiatives.

Ephraim and Steven are business students at the College of the North Atlantic and owners of The Convenience Crew. The Convenience Crew ‘s great marketing and customer service has allowed them to grow to a company of 5 employees in just a few short months. Ephraim and Steven know their customers and use creative ways to reach them. Their marketing strategy includes the use of Kijiji Ads, Door Hangers, Branded T-Shirts, and social media. They have also been on OZFM’s Morning Rush. The Convenience Crew’s skilled marketing strategy has been key in their success.

Sponsored by Event3Sixty

 

2017 Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Outstanding Venture (17 years and under), sponsored by Newfoundland Power Inc., is Cody Green.

This award will go to a business owned by a youth, 17 years and under, who has experienced significant achievement during the current year and stands out amongst the crowd. By reading the application, the judges should get a good understanding of what makes this particular business different and exceptional.

Cody has created a unique business of up-cycling used guitar strings into jewelry. His knack for networking has allowed him to acquire used strings from music stores such as Long & McQuade and O’Brien’s Music. Cody’s products are now available for purchase at O’Brien’s Music in St. Johns and Ocean View Art Gallery in Carbonear. Its clear that Cody is a passionate entrepreneur with a great business idea. He is currently taking custom orders and already has clients as far away as the Yukon.

NLPower

Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

2017 Excellence in Customer Service

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Customer Service, sponsored by Jungle Jim’s, is Cora Hogg and Devyn Hogg.

This award will go to the business that is outstanding in going over and above what is required in the area of customer service. In this award both letters of support should come from customers.  This business usually promotes customer service as the cornerstone to its success.

Cora & Devyn Hogg from Grand Falls – Windsor operate a custom bakery and specialty cake shop with an emphasis on being inclusive. They have a number of creative products including gluten free cake to allow people with a gluten intolerance to still enjoy their baking. Cora & Devyn’s focus on creating a wonderful customer experience has left good taste in the mouths of their clients. They have recently started offering a birthday party service where they teach birthday party guests how to decorate a cake. Repeat customers and testimonials have allowed their business to flourish.

Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

2017 Trailblazer of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Trailblazer of the Year, sponsored by I Design Ltd., is Madison Dicks, Jessie Lawrence and Vinn Elliott.

This award will be given to a business that shows unique and forward thinking which leads the way for others whether it be a new method they implemented to achieve success in their business or as a new industry in their region.

Madison, Jessie, and Vinn are in the process of creating a LGBTQ+ summer camp for individuals in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Camp Ohana will invite youth participants ages 14-18 to learn and grow while enjoying the outdoors and making lifelong friends. These participants have spent the summer fundraising, promoting, and preparing their business for next summer when they plan to launch Camp Ohana.

IDesign

Sponsored by I Design

2017 Excellence in Arts and Tourism

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Arts & Tourism, sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, is Logan Belben.

Businesses eligible for this category delivery a product or service in the visual and performing arts or cater to the culture and tourism industry. Businesses should demonstrate what makes them unique and how they excel in their industry.

Logan operates his business Logan’s Labrador Souvenirs out of L’Anse au Loup. At only 11 years old Logan creates Labrador themed Roasting Sticks, Ice Fishing Poles, Welcome Signs, and Post Cards. He says it’s very important for people from all over the world to learn more about our great province and its culture. Logan is helping them do so through his work and has sold products to visitors from all over as well many local members in his community.

HospitalityNL

Sponsored by Hospitality NL

 

2017 Star Coordinator

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Star Coordinator is Emily Balsom.

This award goes to the Site Coordinator that has shown initiative and outstanding efforts in delivery of Youth Ventures in their area. This nomination should be completed by a staff member of the Delivery Site and should outline all activities that the Coordinator undertook to better serve their participants. Activities should include any combination of the following: creative marketing activities that generate awareness of the program, exceptional dedication to solving participant issues, achievement of two out of three Site Goals, etc. This nomination should consist of a letter of support and proof of achievements.

Emily has does an outstanding job delivering the Youth Ventures program in her area this year. Emily’s positive, go-getter attitude has allowed her to excel with the youth in her area. Emily has done an amazing job promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in her region.

2017 Mentor of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Mentor of the Year, is John Smith.

This award is given to an individual from the community that has shown tremendous support to one or more Youth Ventures participants. This Mentor respects students’ ambitions and helps them achieve their goals. He/she actively guides the YV participants in their decisions and provides a good model of professionalism. This award will require a letter of support from either the Site Coordinator or another staff member, and a letter of support from a participant.

Mr. John Smith has a resume full of mentoring experience dating back to 2010 when he started mentoring underwater robotics for high school and junior high in the Conception Bay Area. Mr. John Smith currently serves as the executive director of the Conception Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as well he has many other Volunteer roles in his community. Despite his busy schedule John played an instrumental role in helping multiple youth businesses in his area succeed.

For more information, please contact Ashley Pomeroy at ashley.pomeroy@cbdc.ca or 745-4406.

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Shauna Field – CBDC Cabot

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Shauna Field at CBDC Cabot in CBS.

What’s your name?

Shauna Field

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Cabot

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love hanging out with friends, reading, camping and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

What’s your favourite movie?

Anything with Melissa McCarthy

What is your favourite band?

Zac Brown Band

What is your favourite restaurant?

Chinese food from just about anywhere.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have 2 pugs whose names are Shorty and Stumpy and 2 cats named Houston and Ricki.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship means innovation and people taking their interests/hobbies and turning it into a business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

In Youth Ventures, there is a business on the southern coast which picks worms and sells them to fisherman.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Meeting new people, going to different events and helping people open up businesses and seeing these people make money from their hobbies and interests.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

A business opportunity that I see in my region are lawn mowing because there are a lot of subdivisions.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

Youth Ventures is such an amazing opportunity. It is an program for young entrepreneurs that provides guidance and support to run a business.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Do not be afraid to take a risk because you never know how something is going to turn out unless you try.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

The address to my site is 221 Conception Bay Highway, CBS and my number which people can get a hold of me at is (709)800-7919. Also, if you see me out and about do not hesitate to come up and ask any questions that you may have!

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Rory Lambert – Choices For Youth

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Rory Lambert at Choices For Youth.

What’s your name?

Rory Lambert

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Choices For Youth in St. John’s.

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I’m an actor and a writer so I enjoy reading, being creative, public engagement and performance.

What is your favourite restaurant?

India Gate!

Do you have any pets?

Yes! An orange cat named Barley who believes I only exist to serve his every cat wish.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me entrepreneurship goes hand in hand with creativity. It means examining yourself and finding out the things in life that you care about. Then figuring out a way to make a viable business out of those interests. Work is still work, but it can also be joy when what you do for a living is a living, breathing part of who you are.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I often wonder who came up with the idea to put those plastic bits on the ends of shoelaces.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m looking forward to all the innovative ideas I’m sure my participants will bring forward and figuring out how I can help them achieve their goals.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

Having worked in the tourism sector for nearly twenty years, I’m always amazed at how good we are, as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, at celebrating our culture, heritage and finding new ways to engage visitors.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

They need to know that entrepreneurship is an exciting way to engage with business in a creative and exciting way. That starting a business is really about what makes you unique and special and finding a way to share that with the world.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

That you can do it!

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Rory Lambert

Youth Ventures Program Coordinator

Choices For Youth

117 Ropewalk Lane

St. John’s, NL

A1E 3C9

709-730-4142

choicesforyouth@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Blair Penney – Metro Business Opportunities

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Blair Penney at Metro Business Opportunities in St. John’s.

What’s your name?

Blair Penney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Metro Business Opportunities

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love to play sports, specifically baseball basketball and volleyball. I also enjoy weight training and listening to music.

What is your favourite band?

Hey Rosetta!

Do you have any pets?

My dog Abby who will be 14 this year! She’s a Jack Russell Terrier mix.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me, is the ability to be your own boss and also have the opportunity to do something you love for a living.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

This week I heard of a “rage room” which is a pretty interesting concept. Essentially people pay to enter a room with various tools such as a sledgehammer or baseball bat, and pay to destroy different objects to de-stress!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Working with Youth Ventures of course! Enjoying the sun will be nice as well.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 29 should definitely come see me at 961 Topsail Road, email me at mbo@youthventuresnl.com or call (709) 738-1626

 

 

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Bryanna Brown – Association for New Canadians

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Bryanna Brown at Association for New Canadians.

What’s your name?

Hi, my name is Bryanna Brown. J

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

My site is with the Association for New Canadians at the AXIS Career Services in St. John’s, NL.

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

My favourite hobbies are working out, hanging out with my friends, and listening to music.

What’s your favourite movie?

My favourite movie is a sappy chick flick called The Longest Ride.

What is your favourite band?

My favourite band is DVSN.

What is your favourite restaurant?

My fav restaurant would probably be Nandos. I love all food though.

Do you have any pets?

I don’t have any pets of my own, but I really really want a dog someday in the near future.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means taking your dreams and passions and working hard to turn them into a successful, fun career.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

A cool business I like is DISNEY. I think everyone loves it.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

This summer I am looking forward to working with new comers to Canada to become new entrepreneurs with Youth Ventures and I am SO excited. I can’t wait.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

We should know that Youth Ventures is an amazing and fun program. As a program coordinator, this summer I will do my best to make sure everyone has a great time while starting up their businesse(s).

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

I think what is really important to know when starting a business is you. If you know your strengths and weaknesses really well it makes asking for help, as well as, delegating certain tasks much easier and Youth Ventures is here to help you! Knowing your interests also helps when you are coming up with ideas for your new business as many business ideas are influenced by a person’s hobbies and interests.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

If you would like to get in touch with me you can always give me a call at 709-579-1780 or send me an email at anc@youthventuresnl.com.

Bryanna R. Brown

Program Coordinator | Youth Ventures ANC

AXIS Career Services

10 Smithville Crescent

P.O. Box, Stn. C

St. John’s, NL A1C 5R6

Thank you for reading and I look forward to working with you this summer. J

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Jenelle Pardy – CBDC Emerald

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Jenelle Pardy at CBDC Emerald.

What’s your name?

Jenelle Pardy

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Emerald – Green Bay and White Bay

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

A few of my favourite hobbies are reading, going on skidoo or quad, and hiking.

What’s your favourite movie?

Day After Tomorrow

What is your favourite band?

My favourite artist is P!nk

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jim’s

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog, his name is Charlie!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship is when someone takes on their dreams and goals and makes it a reality. This could be something that they love to do, which could result in turning their hobby into a lifelong business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Jack Axes in St. John’s! Very cool local business for anyone looking for something to do in the city.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Helping students make money by starting a business that they are passionate about and hosting fun events in the area!

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

Not many take advantage of tourism in the area. I think that making postcards and partnering with local businesses to sell them has great potential for this region.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

The most important thing is to know that the program is free, all we want to do is help and support you in any way we can.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

You can do it! Push away the excuses and start heading towards your goals!

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

I am always reachable by email, emerald@youthventuresnl.com.

I am located at:

CBDC Emerald, Highway 410, P.O. Box 508, Baie Verte, NL, A0K 1B0

Tel: (709) 532-8312

Fax: (709) 532-4669

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: William Neville – CBDC Avalon West

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have William Neville at CBDC Avalon West in Placentia.

What’s your name?

My name is William Neville

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

I am based out of Avalon West and working in Placentia

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Some of my favorite hobbies include sports, playing/ listening to music and spending time with my friends.

What’s your favourite movie?

My favorite movie is a tie between “That’s My Boy” and “Step Brothers”

What is your favourite band?

I have a few favorite bands including The Tragically Hip, The Cult and Mumford and Sons

What is your favourite restaurant?

My favorite restaurant is Wing n it

Do you have any pets?

I have 3 dogs. 1 black lab and 2 shih tzu’s

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me is the bravery and determination to create a successful product/service and sell it successfully

What is the coolest business you heard of?

The coolest business I have heard of was about a youth venture who made jewelry out of guitar strings

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

This summer I am looking forward to learning more about the program and helping people promote their business to maximize potential and profits

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

In my region, I see a lot of potential for services around the area that people desire and would take advantage of like lawn mowing or painting

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

The youth in NL need to know that youth ventures is an excellent foundation for starting a business and that there is high potential if the person is engaged and interested

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

For anyone looking to start a business, they need to know that it takes work and dedication to be successful. No successful entrepreneur was made easily and over time you can see improvements and success.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

If anyone wants to get in touch with me about starting a business, they can come to my office at the CBDC building in Placentia. If not possible, you can call at 709-213-0883 or email me at avalonwest@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Victoria Stapleton – CBDC Burin

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Victoria Stapleton at CBDC Burin.

What’s your name?

Victoria Stapleton

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Burin Peninsula

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Photography, reading, yoga, exercising, hanging with my friends

What’s your favourite movie?

I love pretty much every movie that stars Dylan O’Brien! Thor: Ragnarok was good too!

What is your favourite band?

I love listening to music so it’s hard to narrow down my favourite band; The Neighbourhood are exceptionally good though!

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jim’s or Domino’s Pizza

Do you have any pets?

A dog named Poncho!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Having the ambition and drive to do what you love (passion/hobby) for a profit

What is the coolest business you’ve heard of?

The coolest business I’ve heard of is Serengetee! Charities are recognized and 10% of the sale of various items is donated.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I look forward to working with the youth in my area and encouraging them to pursue their passions/hobbies by turning them into profit-making ventures.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

Dog walkers, babysitters, yard maintenance and healthy snacks.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

We are here to help and will stand by your side the entire time!

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

All you need is an idea and the drive to start!

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

W.R Building, Ville Marie Drive

P.O Box 470

Marystown, NL

A0E 2M0


Awards

Each year Youth Ventures, with the support of our amazing sponsors, has the privilege of giving out awards to young entrepreneurs who have made an outstanding effort throughout the duration of the program.

See the 2017 Winners

Thanks to our partners

CBDC

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

ACOA

Government of Canada