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22nd Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs

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ST. JOHN’S, NL, August 8th, 2019– Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador hosted its 22nd Annual Youth Ventures Awards, recognizing the growing trend of youth business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador. The event, hosted by the St. John’s Farmers’ Market, is dedicated to celebrating the tremendous success of the young entrepreneurs and future leaders of our province while promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option for youth. In its 27 years of operation, Youth Ventures has helped 7,000 entrepreneurs start 4,600 businesses by providing advice on idea development, business planning, marketing direction, financial advice, and more.

At the event, eight youth entrepreneurs were awarded for their entrepreneurial excellence, along with a Star Coordinator and Mentor of the Year.

Venture of the Year
Matthew Lawrence – TutorNL, Conception Bay South, NL
Sponsored by Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs

Excellence in Financial Management
Micah Sacrey, Jonathan Sacrey, Janelle Sacrey – 3D Portrait Prints, Stephenville, NL
Sponsored by East Coast Mortgage Brokers

Excellence in Marketing
Brady Huxter – e-Motion Video, St. John’s, NL
Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave

Trailblazer of the Year
Alyssa Barrett – Candy Treasures by Alyssa, Old Perlican, NL
Sponsored by iDesign Ltd.

Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)
Anna Hickman, Ashlee Hickman, Jack Hickman – The Dawg House, Fortune, NL
Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Excellence in Arts & Tourism
Shana Brown, Dillon Brown – Shillon Music, Whiteway, NL
Sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

Excellence in Customer Service
Cora Hogg, Devyn Hogg – Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

Community Impact Award (In honour of Nevaeh Denine)
Adam Hill – Comet Cupcakes, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Presented by Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand

Mentor of the Year
Morgan Kelly – Association for New Canadians
Sponsored by Event3Sixty

Star Coordinator
Kristen Murray – Metro Business Opportunities
Sponsored by Islandiwde Promotions

On hand to help celebrate the achievements of the young business owners were representatives of Youth Ventures partners: Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East; Sarah Stoodley, MHA for Mount Scio and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Aiden Wadman, Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporation (CBDCs). His worship Danny Breen, Mayor of the City of St. John’s, was also in attendance.

“We see more and more youth thinking creatively about what is a small business. We want to make sure that the idea becomes a reality. Running a small business for a day, a few weeks or part-time while in school have the same weight in terms of lessons learned. Being a small business owner teaches youth people skills, money management skills, and builds confidence,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs. “We want all youth to learn from, and recognize the value of running a business.”

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), contributed $425,009 towards the delivery of the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“Our government understands the importance of entrepreneurship to future economic growth, especially among youth – our next generation of leaders who will help drive our economy. That is why we support the Youth Ventures Program, which provides young people with the entrepreneurial skills and confidence needed to establish and grow their own business,” said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “I congratulate this year’s outstanding award winners whose entrepreneurial drive, creativity and commitment shone through in their business ventures this summer. All participants are to be commended for their hard work and vision, and I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

The Provincial Government, through Service Agreements for Youth and Students, provided $95,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs, in support of this year’s Youth Ventures Program.

“Starting a business is a great way to build a brighter future for those individuals involved, the local community, and the province as a whole. The Youth Ventures experience provides idea development, business planning, marketing support, financial information, hiring assistance, and more. Congratulations to all the award winners for their hard work and dedication,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

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 regional coordinators across the province to foster youth business development.

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For more information, please contact
Robyn Evans: 709.745-4406/ robyn.evans@cbdc.ca

Cell: Roseanne Leonard – 691-5530

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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

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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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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.

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Meet Your Coordinator: Cathy Payne – Town of Parsons Pond

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Cathy Payne who is based at the Town of Parsons Pond.

 

What’s your name?
Cathy Payne

 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Town of Parsons Pond

 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Reading, learning new things, spending time with family

 

What’s your favourite movie?

Grease

 

What is your favourite band?

Journey

 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

 

Do you have any pets?

Dog named Bree & cat named Vic

 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Being your own boss and running your business your way

 

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Making crafts from moose antlers

 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Helping youth start their businesses

 

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

 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Starting a business is fun

 

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

It’s fun and you get to decide the way your business is going to run

 

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

P.O. Box 39

Parsons Pond, NL A0K 3Z0

709-243-2744

redochre@youthventuresnl.com

 

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Meet Your Coordinator: Kristen Murray – 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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Kristen at Metro Business Opportunities in St. John’s.

What is your name?
Kristen Murray

 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Metro Business Opportunities (St. John’s and Mount Pearl)

 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Singing in choir, volunteering and playing soccer!

 

What is your favourite movie?
Birdman

 

What is your favourite band?
ABBA

 

What is your favourite restaurant?
Peaceful Loft

 

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have 2 cats and 1 dog!

 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Taking a true passion or skill and turning it into a business that helps a need you see in your community!

 

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Cat Cafés!

 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Interacting with youth and helping to bring their business ideas and dreams of entrepreneurship to life!

 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
“What’s Next for Bowring Park?” and Food/Clothing Trucks

 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
We are here to make your summer fun, full of growth and productive in getting your business started!

 

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

Starting a business is not easy, but approaching programs like Youth Ventures will give you the jump start you need with encouragement, mentorship and professional services!

 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
(709) 738 – 1626 or mbo@youthventuresnl.com

 

 

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Meet Your Coordinator: John Button – CBDC Eastern Initiatives

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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have John Button at CBDC Eastern Initiatives in Clarenville.

What’s your name?

  • John Button

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

  • CBDC Eastern Initiatives

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

  • Any type of sport

What’s your favourite movie?

  • Bench Warmers

What is your favourite band?

  • Goo Goo Dolls

What is your favourite restaurant?

  • East Side Mario’s

Do you have any pets?

  • Sadly, no I do not

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

  • Being able to make a dream or inspiration come to life, in a business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

  • Strung Out (Making Jewelry out of the Guitar Strings)

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

  • Meeting all the young and inspiring entrepreneurs in my area and seeing what kind of ideas they have!

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

  • Clarenville has opened a very successful farm and market for the past couple summer which offers an opportunity for people who enjoy making crafts, food, or bake goods! Also, Bonavista being such a high tourist area during the summer is a big opportunity for participants!

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

  • We are here to help and we will do everything we possibly can to bring your business ideas to life.

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

  • Believe in yourself, as well as your business!

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

 

Address:

76A Manitoba Drive

Clarenville, NL

A5A 1K6

Tel:

(709) 466-1170

Email:

eastern@youthventuresnl.com

 

 

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Meet Your Coordinator: Vanessa Strugnell – South Eastern Labrador

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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Vanessa Strugnell in South Eastern Labrador.

What’s your name?
Vanessa Strugnell

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
I live in Port Hope Simpson however my region is Lodge Bay- Cartwright… yay for southeastern Labrador!!

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Boating, Ski Dooing, Fishing, Crocheting…

What’s your favourite movie?
Anything comedy… Melissa McCarthy’s movies are so funny!

What is your favourite band?
Anything country or dance… I particularly like Train

What is your favourite restaurant?
Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have a beautiful white “Pyraneese” puppy- she’s almost 2 😊

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Owning your own business!! Find something you love or have a passion for and bring it to life!!  Love when a young person can take their hobby & make money with it!!

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Oh my, I’m not sure, there are so many of them, each so unique & I love each of them the same 😊

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
To see our existing businesses expand with new & exciting products, I’m also excited to help new participants/ businesses get set up, as well as attend all possible events/ festivals.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Anything that portrays our culture/ heritage, car wash, berry picker, scenic photography, ice berg sales, etc.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
It’s an exciting program to be involved in, that we as Coordinators are here for them & will help them with their business in any way we can 😊

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know? Don’t be afraid to take risks, research places that are out there to help offset costs, research its viability, etc.

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

PO Box 78
11 Airport Road
Port Hope Simpson, NL                                                                                                                              Phone: (709) 960 0443                                                                                                                            Email: southeasternaurora@youthventuresnl.ca

 

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Meet Your Coordinator: Michael Barbour – 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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Michael Barbour at Choices for Youth in St. John’s.

What is your name?
Mike Barbour


What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Choices for Youth Ropewalk Lane


What are some of your
favourite hobbies?
Coaching basketball and reading comic books


What’s your
favourite movie?
The Shawshank redemption


What is your
favourite band?
The Rolling Stones, Wu-tang clan and Cher


What is your
favourite restaurant?
Fort Amherst Pub


Do you have any pets?
Yes a 106 pound dog named Louie


What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Building a business and being your own boss


What is the coolest business you heard of?
The possibilities with 3D printing seems to be interesting, it is cool to see the multiple business growing with this technology.


What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Getting to know some awesome people and helping them chase their own passions

 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Social Enterprise is on the rise!

 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
We can help you build your own dream job.

 

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

It will not always be easy, but it will be worth it.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
709-697-4936 or choicesforyouth@youthventuresnl.com.

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“Students, Youth Entrepreneurs Celebrate the 27th season of Youth Ventures”

Youth Ventures delivers official kick-off to NL students and young entrepreneurs

St. John’s, NL – Youth Ventures is proud to partner with Frontline Action to kick-off the 27th season of Youth Ventures. The kick-off is dedicated to celebrating the success of young entrepreneurs in the province and to highlight the entrepreneurial resources available to youth in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you’re between the ages of 12-29 and interested in starting your own business, then Youth Ventures can help you do just that.

“Youth Ventures encourages youth to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit by starting their own money-making profitable ventures,” said Robyn Evans, the Provincial Coordinator with Youth Ventures. The program runs from April to August, with coordinators from coast to coast who can assist youth with creating a business idea, writing a business plan, accessing financial support, marketing and promotion, business counselling, mentoring and more.

To kick-off the season, Youth Ventures hosted an entrepreneurial showcase featuring Youth Ventures’ businesses and partner organizations. Youth from Villanova Junior High, Choices for Youth and Association for New Canadians attended the event to learn more about how entrepreneurship can be a viable career option for youth in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the entrepreneurial support that is available to them.

The start of the Youth Ventures season is always an exciting time for the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC). “Youth Ventures has been delivered by the CBDCs since 1996. Even though it is a summer-based entrepreneurship program, the energy that the young business owners show carries throughout the year,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs.  “We see the lessons learned through owning a small business help shape the futures of the young people of this province. Many find that their experiences help direct their careers. Quite often we see the entrepreneurial skills help them become community leaders, business owners and the innovators of this province.” Since its inception, Youth Ventures has helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), provided $425,009 to support the delivery of the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“Our government is committed to investing in initiatives that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and career development among our youth in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “The Youth Ventures Program has been instrumental in fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in our province’s young people and guiding them every step of the way in setting up their own businesses. I applaud all program

participants for their hard work, creativity and entrepreneurial drive, and I wish them good luck with their summer ventures and continued success in the future.”

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

“Our government is proud to partner with Youth Ventures, which has a proven record of successfully supporting young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in creating entrepreneurship opportunities,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “I congratulate Youth Ventures for kicking off what is sure to be another successful year and commend everyone involved with the organization for the crucial role they continue in play in strengthening our workforce and creating jobs.”

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For more information, contact Project Coordinator – Community Development, Robyn Evans:
709-745-4406 (office) /
robyn.evans@cbdc.ca (e-mail)
Cellular: Roseanne Leonard/ 709-691-5530

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Meet Your Coordinator: Jenna Skinner – CBDC Gateway

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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Jenna at CBDC Gateway in Channel-Port aux Basques.

 

What’s your name?

Jenna Skinner

 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Gateway

 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love hanging out with my friends, going for drives, taking my dog for a walk or binge-watching netflix shows!

 

What’s your favourite movie?

The lion king was always an all time favourite of mine! Super excited for the new live action one coming out this summer!

 

What is your favourite band?

Currently fangirling over the Jonas Brothers again now that they’ve made a comeback!  

 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet or Jungle Jims.

 

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a pomapoo, his name is Quinn!

 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means being innovative, dedicated and determined to follow your dreams and turn them into a reality!

 

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I’ve recently learned about the 3D Portrait Prints business that started up in Stephenville last year and thought that was super cool!

 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m most looking forward to meeting new people, getting involved in the community through different events and helping as many youth as possible get involved in the program and ultimately start their own business!

 

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

Anything that has to do with tourism, I think an interesting idea in particular for someone interested and good at drawing could be to set up a stand at one of the tourist hot spots in town and do on the spot caricatures or something of that sort!

 

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

That it’s an amazing program with endless opportunities and a great way to start your own business or to learn more about entrepreneurship.

 

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

That it’s important to be patient, driven and willing to learn! There is lots of help available, don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance.

 

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

Jenna Skinner

CBDC Gateway

Channel-Port aux Basques, NL

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Email: gateway@youthventuresnl.com

Phone: (709)-695-7406

 

 

 


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 2019 Winners

Thanks to our partners

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

ACOA

Government of Canada