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23rd Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs

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Youth Ventures Newfoundland & Labrador hosts its biggest event of the year to recognize the outstanding achievements of youth entrepreneurs in the province.


VIRTUAL EVENT
– Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador hosted its 23rd Annual Youth Ventures Awards recognizing the growing trend of youth business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador. The event is dedicated to celebrating the tremendous success of young entrepreneurs and future leaders of our province while promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option for youth. In its 28 years of operation, Youth Ventures has helped 7,150 entrepreneurs start 4,665 businesses by providing advice on idea development, business planning, marketing direction and financial advice.

During the virtual event, six young entrepreneurs were awarded for their entrepreneurial excellence as well as Star Coordinator.


Emerging Entrepreneur
Emily Hewlett – Sweet Tails and Treats, Grand Falls-Windsor
Sponsored by Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs

Excellence in Marketing
Alex Antle – Bunchberry Beadwork, Corner Brook
Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave


Excellence in Customer Service

Alyssa Barrett – Candy Treasures by Alyssa, Old Perlican
Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)
Shana Brown – Perfect Picks, Whiteway
Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Excellence in Arts & Tourism
Luke Hudson, Owen Hudson – Cookie Bosses, Pinware
Sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador


Trailblazer of the Year
Cahley Warren – Stowaway Succulents, Carbonear
Sponsored by iDesign Ltd.


Star Coordinator
Sofia Kabir – CBDC Long Range

“Being a business owner is an important life skill that all youth should learn. It teaches the value of supporting local businesses and how entrepreneurship can help shape a province. This year’s delivery was unique for the delivery sites and even more so for the new participants that joined the program,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs.  “Yet we still saw a creative, resilient group of new business owners that had no issues with facing a challenge.”

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), contributed $280,684 towards the delivery of the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“Young entrepreneurs play a critical in the future of our economy – their talent, skills, energy and ingenuity are key to its success,” said the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. “More than ever, we need to help our young innovators pursue their passions and play a role in our economic recovery.  Congratulations to all outstanding award winners for your hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial drive, and best of luck in the future.”

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.

“Every year the Youth Ventures program enables young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to harness their talents and skills to start their own business. By providing guidance and support at every step of the process, Youth Ventures encourages youth to explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Their fresh outlook and innovative business ideas will help create new employment opportunities right here at home,” said the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, 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:

709-690-6595/ robyn.evans@cbdc.ca
Cell: Roseanne Leonard – 709-691-5530

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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

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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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 – Cathy Payne – Town of Parsons Pond

What is your name? 

Cathy Payne

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

Parsons Pond

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Reading and learning new skills

What’s your favourite movie? 

Grease

What is your favourite band? 

Journey

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets?

 2 Samoyeds named Bree & Liddy

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

It means having an idea and taking the steps to bring that idea to life 

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

Selling ice cream out of a homemade ice cream bicycle

are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Interacting with youth virtually while still making YV the success it’s always been

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

Lawn Care; Babysitting; Virtual Music Lessons; Dog Walking; Pet Sitting; Guided Social Distancing Trail Tours

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

We are here to help you plant and grow your ideas

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

All businesses start out as ideas and with the proper help and training you can be a success

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? 709-660-3583 or parsonspond@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Taiwo Ilyas – Associations for New Canadians

What is your name? 

Taiwo Ilyas

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

Associations for New Canadians in St john’s

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Reading and travelling 

What’s your favourite movie?

 X-Men Series

What is your favourite band? 

Maroon 5

What is your favourite restaurant?

The Fish Exchange

Do you have any pets? 

No

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Turning an idea into a reality and making it a successful business through hard work

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

Photography (Art), Virtual math training and selling homemade yogurt.

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Helping youths bring their ideas to life.

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

Dog walking, Virtual music training.

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

Youth ventures can provide the resources needed to help bring up an idea into an accomplished business. 

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, just go for it, you can do it. 

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

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Will Neville – CBDC Avalon West

What is your name?

William Neville  

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

Avalon West Region – Based out of Placentia.

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Playing music, playing sports, watching podcasts/ series, and spending time with friends and family.

What’s your favourite movie? 

Good Will Hunting

What is your favourite band?

This is a tie between The Tragically Hip and Fleetwood Mac.

What is your favourite restaurant? 

My favorite restaurant (that I’ve been to) would be either The Keg or The Big’s.

Do you have any pets? 

Yes, I have three dogs.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Entrepreneurship to me is the opportunity for any individual with a creative mission and drive to create a successful product or service.

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

The coolest business I’ve heard of was a Youth Ventures participant that made jewelry out of busted guitar strings. This was a very cool, smart, and environmentally friendly business that I found very interesting.

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I am looking forward to meeting new Youth Ventures participants while also contributing toward a part of our coordinator team. As a returning member, there are still many experiences and skills I believe I can gain throughout this summer. 

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

I see opportunities for lawn mowing, painting, and interior and exterior car cleaning. There are many services that can be beneficial to our region, as well as many products. 

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

Youth should recognize that this program is very beneficial for young people and can provide a great business foundation for what can lead to great success in the future. As a previous member of this program with a DJ service, I have learned new knowledge and skills throughout my experience at program events and meetings with the regional coordinator

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

There is always a risk. It may not be an easy process but through learning and skill building, your knowledge and experience will push you toward your future goals. The best way to learn how to grow a business is to start one, and even failures are an asset by demonstrating a need for a different approach in the future.

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

If you have any questions or want to chat about starting a business, you can reach me at 213-0883 or avalonwest@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Danielle Burden – Rising Sun Developers

What is your name?  

Danielle Burden

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?  

Rising Sun Developers

What are some of your favourite hobbies?  

Walking my dog, going for drives, and watching Netflix

What’s your favourite movie?  

Beetlejuice

What is your favourite band?  

Fleetwood Mac

What is your favourite restaurant?  

Newfound Sushi

Do you have any pets?  

Yes, a beagle named Beau

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship means that you can do what you love and get paid to do it

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

There’s a café in St. John’s called Mad Catter Café where you can have coffee with cats

What are you looking forward to most this summer?  

I’m looking forward to helping more youth start up their own businesses

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

Any type of pet care (ex. dog walking, pet sitting) 

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

Youth Ventures is an excellent resource for youth in NL who are interested in becoming an entrepreneur

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

Be confident and fearless in your business idea. Creativity is everywhere

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? 709-454-7071 or risingsun@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Amanda Barney – Labrador Straits

What is your name? 

Amanda Barney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

Southern Labrador / Strait of Belle Isle Community Youth Network

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Hiking, Quading, Snowmobiling, all things outdoors

What’s your favourite movie? 

I love any romantic comedy

What is your favourite band? 

Love Bon Jovi

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chale

Do you have any pets? 

Barney, a Brittany Spaniel

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

There is no better work arrangement than to be your own boss! With the right level of commitment, the sky is the limit!

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

Any business is cool when someone takes an interest of hobby and turns it into a prosperous venture! In a previous year I had a participant who made ice fishing poles and roasting sticks and painted them in the colours of the Labrador flag.  The business excelled way beyond our expectations!

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I am looking forward to helping youth make their business ideas become a reality.  I will help them work through this new reality that we are in because of Covid-19 and I am anticipating a successful Summer!

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

There is a strong tourism industry in the Labrador Straits.  Businesses in the arts and crafts usually seem to do well in this industry. Examples include knitted goods, crafts made with local products (Ex: rock, driftwood, sea glass, etc.). This year, due to Covid-19,  we will have to rely more on tourists from our very own province.  The whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador has an aging population so I see that service type businesses would be very successful as well.  These include housekeeping, car wash. yard work, dog walker, etc.

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

Youth Ventures is a great program that can provide the necessary support, resources, training, and counseling to potential new business owners. This program fosters entrepreneurship in our youth and helps shape them into leaders of tomorrow. 

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

Business opportunities are endless but starting your own business takes a huge level of time, resources, and dedication.

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

Amanda Barney

Youth Ventures Regional Coordinator

Labrador Straits Community Youth Network

L’Anse au Loup, NL A0K 3L0

Phone: 709.927.7912

Email: southernlabrador@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Megan Jensen – Harbour Breton Community Youth Network

What is your name? 

Megan Jensen

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

South Coast, NL

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Listening to music, reading, being with friends

What’s your favourite movie? 

Mean Girls

What is your favourite band? 

The 1975

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Boston Pizza

Do you have any pets?

 A cat named Axel, and a beagle named Jocko

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Entrepreneurship is about the ability to take risks and think outside the box, while creating something you’re passionate about.

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

OceanQuest Adventures in St.Johns, NL. You can swim/kayak with humpback whales, view icebergs, etc.

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I’m looking forward to connecting with youth and creating more local businesses in the south coast region.

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

There is so much natural beauty on the south coast, I think businesses such as tour guides would be successful. 

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

Youth Ventures is a great program that can easily get your business up and running, while providing you with great mentors, information and resources. 

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

It is important to remember that starting your own business is a process, and results take time. You need to be dedicated to your business!

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

Email southcoast@youthventuresnl.com or call 709-885-5448

 

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Alicia Goulding – Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development

What is your name? 

Alicia Goulding

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development in Deer Lake 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Reading and watching Netflix 

What’s your favourite movie? 

Tangled 

What is your favourite band? 

Jonas Brothers

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets? 

No

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Being independent and taking a skill of yours, and turning it into a business

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

Salty Sea Crafts 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

To helping youth get the resources and support they need to create a successful business 

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

Babysitting and yard work 

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

That it can provide you with the support and resources you need to help you create the business you wish to accomplish. 

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

That any idea can become a successful business if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it. 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? 709-636-9443 or grandlake@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 2019 Winners

Thanks to our partners

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

ACOA

Government of Canada