-“23rd Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs”- 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.
We’re excited to introduce you to another successful Youth Ventures participant, Matthew Lawrence of TutorNL. Matthew is the recipient of the Youth Venture of the Year Award 2019 and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Read on to learn Matthew’s story…
-“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 / firstname.lastname@example.org Cellular: Roseanne Leonard / 709-691-5530
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 / email@example.com Cellular: Roseanne Leonard / 709-691-5530
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 745-4406.
We are excited to flip the script with this story! Introducing the 2020 Star Coordinator Award winner, Sofia Kabir.
Here’s Sofia’s story…
In the Beginning
Sofia is from Stephenville, Newfoundland and joined Youth Ventures in 2013. Sofia was actually a participant from 2013 to 2016 with her own business, Boutique Nails. When the job opportunity to be a Youth Ventures Coordinator came across her desk, she felt like she had the right amount of skills and experience to help the next generation of youth take charge of their dreams!
Life as an “Entrepreneurial Fairy”
The young entrepreneurs that Sofia speaks with regularly are enough of an inspiration themselves, however there are a few business ideas that tend to pull on the heart strings.
One example of an inspiring business that shifted into a charitable approach during the global pandemic is 3D Portrait Prints. “They have been printing ear protectors for face masks and they have been giving them to local businesses and hospitals for FREE.” recalls Sofia. The compassion of the youth helps to demonstrate the true meaning of paying it forward.
Leadership, Growth, and a Bright Future
During the day, you can typically find Sofia helping the youth in our province in one capacity or another. Of course, she helps inspire future business moguls to turn their talents and hobbies into a business, but there is so much more.
Sofia says that Coordinators are a major part of the startup process, including “picking the name, designing a logo, marketing and advertising, and helping get their product or service to the consumers.”
Being Inspired and Paying it Forward
Sofia believes that Youth Ventures plays a significant role in shaping the future of our province in a home-grown manner. This program helps to educate on the world of entrepreneurship and “that you don’t need to go out of the province for work,” Sofia shares excitedly. “Which not only makes our economy stronger but it makes our province stronger as well.”
To reflect on Sofia’s time with Youth Ventures, when asked what her message would be to those considering becoming a Coordinator, the messaging was very clear: “Youth Ventures is an amazing opportunity for everyone. You get to meet many inspiring youth along with an amazing team of Coordinators from all across the province.”
Talk about inspiring!
Thank you for sharing your story, Sofia, – your Youth Ventures family is proud to continue supporting you as you pursue your future goals!
Stay tuned for the next Success Story. Until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!
Emily always had a sweet tooth for tasty treats when she was growing up. Emily also loved visiting food trucks on the mainland to enjoy whichever treats they could serve up in the mobile kitchens. Combining the two separate interests only felt right to Emily. Fast forward to today, and we have the wonderful Sweet Tails and Treats!
Alexandra has a passion for sharing experiences through her beadwork. This ultimately transformed into offering a variety of beaded pieces including jewelry, accessories, and art that is featured in art exhibitions across Newfoundland and Labrador! Currently, Alexandra’s pieces are exclusively available online so that any interested customer can own a piece of contemporary art.
Shana Brown has had a passion for making crafts and sharing them with others. Her artistic talent deserved to be shared among the community and Shana was striving to become self-sustainable, thus Perfect Picks began!
Cahley Warren has had a green thumb for gardening but soon realized that many plants required plenty of maintenance. After learning of a new species that was easy to care for, a light bulb flickered in her mind to share this with everyone!
We are excited to share the 2020 Excellence in Customer Service Winner, Alyssa Barrett for her business, Candy Treasures by Alyssa!
Here is Alyssa’s story…
In the Beginning
Alyssa Barrett is already an experienced candy maker after starting Candy Treasures by Alyssa at the age of 12 in Old Perlican, Newfoundland. What began as selling candy bouquets has now expanded into a mobile cart with plenty of products to offer including theatre popcorn, cotton candy, and her famous candy and caramel apples!
Alyssa reflects on the benefits of her growth. “Becoming mobile allowed me to expand my clientele and helped grow my social media following.”
Alyssa was empowered with a strong passion for entrepreneurship growing up. After Alyssa attended a Youth Ventures Coordinator presentation at her high school, the business idea soon became a reality. The appeal of setting your own hours and engaging directly with customers also helped to push her ideas forward!
Making it Happen with Youth Ventures
Youth Ventures has assisted Alyssa in developing posters, business cards, and a marketing plan. The events that were coordinated allowed many customers to try these sweet treats and to become happy customers!
“It was wonderful to have someone to consult with and help you reach out to local customers. Youth Ventures helped set up events and spread the word about my business.” says Alyssa. “This altogether helped in making my business as successful as it is.”
Candy Treasures by Alyssa has no signs of slowing down any time soon. Alyssa has already tasted success by winning four provincial awards and plans to keep making an impact. The dream is to continue growing the business with a goal of owning and operating multiple mobile stores to reach as many happy customers as possible by next summer!
Moment of Reflection
Alyssa offers plenty of encouraging words for those interested in entrepreneurship. “I want the youth in my area to know that you are never too young to become an entrepreneur and turn your ideas into a business.” As Alyssa has shown, a great idea can become something bigger!
You can purchase Alyssa’s fantastic treats by visiting her on Facebook and Instagram at @candytreasuresbyalyssa
Thank you for sharing your story, Alyssa – your Youth Ventures family wishes you all the best in everything you do in the future!
Stay tuned for the next Success Story. Until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!
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.