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Program Updates

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

For Immediate Release                                                                                                  

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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.

BDC

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: Cathy Payne – Red Ochre

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 Cathy Payne at Red Ochre.

What’s your name?

Cathy Payne

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Red Ochre (Town of Parsons Pond)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Researching travel, reading, learning new things.

What’s your favourite movie?

Grease

What is your favourite band?

Journey

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets?

1 Samoyed Husky – Bree and 2 cats Jazzy & Vic

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Being an independent business owner

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Atlantic Paradise Bath Bomb Co.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Working with youth in my area

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

Anything to do with tourism

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

It is so easy to become a part of the program and it’s fun.

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

You just need to have the passion and know where to go for advice and any questions you may have.

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

Youth Ventures

Town of Parsons Pond

P.O. Box 39

Parsons Pond, NL A0K 3Z0

709-243-2744

redochre@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Bobbi-Jo Mauger – CBDC Long Range

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 Bobby-Jo Mauger at CBDC Long Range.

What’s your name?

Bobbi-Jo Mauger

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Long Range (Stephenville)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Geo-caching, reading, walking, working out

What’s your favourite movie? 

I’ll go back to my favourite movie as a kid, The Never Ending Story and my favourite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story

What is your favourite band?

Again so many to choose from but I do love PINK, also love Sherman Downey

What is your favourite restaurant?

If I had to pick a place for lunch right now, here in Stephenville I’d probably choose The Islander.  It’s a small restaurant  in the airport.  Any choice, Montana’s.

Do you have any pets?

I have two dogs, 1 is a Chihuahua mix named KC and the other is a mutt adopted from Goose Bay through the Gander SPCA, his name is Tucker.  I also have a cat that was a rescue from the White Bay dump cats and his name is Simon.  Is it totally ridiculous to say I also have two gerbils named Gerald and Gary….that’s it, I promise lol

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship is pursuing your dreams, not someone else’s.

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

I will have to send a Coolest Business Shout Out to Madison Dicks, Jessie Lawrence, and Vinn Elliott, founders of Camp Ohana.  A summer camp based in Western NL for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 to learn and grow while enjoying the outdoors.  Check their group out on Facebook

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am really excited to work with youth in the area and see how creative they will be in starting their own businesses.

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

A great business opportunity I see for this region would be bike rentals.  We have new bike paths in the works and I think it would be a great business idea for one of our participants.

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

Youth Ventures is here to help you through the whole process of starting your business, show you support and help get your business out there to the public where it means the most.

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

When starting a business , no matter your age, you need to know patience!  You won’t have success and lots of money rolling in overnight.  Also, having a supportive network, like Youth Ventures, family and friends, is extremely important as they will be the ones supporting your through your successes as well as your possible failures.

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

 

Email: longrange@youthventuresnl.com

Phone: (709) 643-1231

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Gary Noseworthy – CBDC Trinity Conception

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 Gary Noseworthy at CBDC Trinity Conception.

What’s your name?

Gary Noseworthy

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Trinity Conception

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

  • Painting 28mm scale Miniatures for fantasy table top games.
  • Trying to make people laugh.
  • Hanging out with friends

What’s your favourite movie?

Hard to select just one but here are a few I always love to watch:

  • Animal crackers (1930) Marx Brothers
  • Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • The labyrinth
  • See No Evil, Hear No Evil

What is your favourite band?

Can’t pick one band, but here are a few songs to showcase my musical taste:

  • Operator by Jim Croce
  • Too much time on my hands by Styx
  • For reasons unknown by The killers
  • Ruin by Lamb of God
  • Friday I’m in love by The Cure

What is your favourite restaurant?

I’d pick a home cooked meal any day of the week

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a beautiful cat named Squiggie. She is just coming up on 15 years old.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship is being able to work at what you love, being able to take your dreams and create a viable business

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Abbyshot Custom Clothiers Makes replicas of movie, TV and video game costumes.
They turned that passion and love of entertainment into a great business, they create what they love, which is truly inspiring. https://www.abbyshot.com/

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am looking forward to seeing all the accomplishments from this year’s participants.

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

Recreation to me can be huge, the Trinity Conception area has great venues for a sport/outdoor business venture.

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

It is a great program with many personal and financial benefits

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

Help is out there, and being able to find support is the key to success

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
CBDC Trinity Conception 21 Industrial Crescent, call (709) 596-3849, or email trinity@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Emily Pinksen – Labrador West Chamber of Commerce

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 Emily Pinksen at Labrador West Chamber of Commerce.

 

What’s your name?

Emily Pinksen

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Labrador West Chamber of Commerce

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Shopping, singing, playing piano, reading, and watching Netflix.

What’s your favourite movie?

High School Musical 3. That movie will forever be the best.

What is your favourite band?

Backstreet Boys, favourite artist would probably be Thomas Rhett.

What is your favourite restaurant?

St. Hubert

Do you have any pets?

I have one dog; her name is Maggie.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me entrepreneurship is having a dream or idea and taking the correct measures to make it happen to earn a profit.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I think a simple idea that was made very cool is Snakes & Lattes. A board game café.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am excited to help people take their passions and ideas and bring them to life!

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

Lawn care always is usually very popular. Also, we have a lot of kids in town who would love if someone planned activities for them like a camp where they could take part with friends and learn something new. Another idea is dog walking or pet sitting, with people going on vacations all summer they are usually looking for a trusted person to take care of their precious pets.

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

Youth need to know that this program is here to help, it is free and that its goal is to help young people start successful businesses.

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

One of the most important things I think people of any age wanting to start a business should know is that you must start somewhere. Although it may seem like a long journey, each step is rewarding, and the most important thing is to get started! And Youth Ventures is here to help with that.

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

If people are looking to get in contact with me they can:

Call: 1-709-288-0630

Email hyron@youthventuresnl.com

Come by and meet with me at Chambers of Commerce 118 Humphrey Road in the Bruno Plaza.

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Justin Coish – Centre of Economic Development

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 Justin Coish at Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development in Deer Lake.

What’s your name?

Justin Coish

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Humber Valley/White Bay Region

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Soccer, Hockey, Golf, Hanging with friends.

What’s your favourite movie?

Step Brothers, Miracle, Concussion.

What is your favourite band?

Beartooth. I’m also a huge country fan. Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton are my go to driving tunes.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Pizza Delight for sure in Deer Lake. I’m also always game to eat at Wendys or Burger King. I also love East Side Marios. Shout out to Starbucks as well.

Do you have any pets?

I have a pet dove!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means chasing your dreams. Risking more than the average person to pursue something you believe will be successful. It means putting yourself out there for an idea that you are passionate about.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

This is my fourth year as a YV coordinator and in that time I’ve seen a lot of cool ideas! I think my favourite over the years would be A&K Candy Boutique

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Just meeting new people! Having new ideas come into the program and helping more youth start successful businesses!

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

I would love to have a person create crafts or paintings for sale at the local festivals here in the Deer Lake area! I feel like that would be a great opportunity for someone!

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

People should know that the coordinators are here to help with anything! Every idea can be worked into something that would work. People shouldn’t worry if their idea is a good one. The coordinators are there to help work these problems out!

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

The best thing I can say about this is to have faith. Believe in yourself and work hard. If you do this it will work. It won’t be easy and it’s not for everyone but you can do it if you really try.

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

Anyone looking to start a business or to talk about the program can reach me by telephone at (709)635-3861. I can also be reached by email at grandlake@youthventuresnl.com or by stopping by my office at the Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development, 44 Trans Canada Highway in Deer Lake.

Meet Your Coordinator

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 2018 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?

All types of sports

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?

Nope

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

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Meeting all the young and inspiring entrepreneurs in my area and see what kind of idea they have!

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

Clarenville has opened a farmer market this past summer which offers an opportunity for people who enjoy making crafts, food, or bake goods! As well as, Bonavista being 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

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Nicolas White – CBDC Humber

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 Nicolas White at CBDC Humber in Corner Brook.

What’s your name?

Nicolas White

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Humber

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Running, Cinematography/Film production, YouTube

What’s your favourite movie?

In Time

What is your favourite band?

Linkin Park

What is your favourite restaurant?

Wingin’ It

Do you have any pets?

I have 2 dogs

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me entrepreneurship means taking something that your passionate about and turning it into your career

What is the coolest business you heard of?

The coolest business I’ve heard of is an escape room.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Helping youth turn their passions into a jobs

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

There are a lot of youth with many talented hobbies but are not selling the things that they are making and I believe that the possibility for they to take something that they love doing an turn it into something that can make them money will be important for the community and the future of the province.

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

That it’s free, most things today are not free, however we are. You can ask us anything and if we don’t know the answer we will not stop until we can find it and help you out. Youth ventures is a great avenue to test out your business idea and get an idea on if it is something that you might actually want to peruse in the future as your career.

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

It is important to know that failing is an option, and we are not as successful if we do not fail. Pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and having the potential to fail is what will push you the furthest in your business.

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

If someone would like to get in contact with me they can send me an email: humber@youthventuresnl.com, give me a call (709) 639-7755, or or visit me in CBDC Humber on 19 Union Street, Suite 4, Corner brook, NL, A2H 6G1. They can also contact us online through Facebook.com/YoutheVenturesNL, Twitter.com/YouthVentures, or contact us through our website YouthVenturesNL.com.


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