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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: Bethany Dawe – Gander & Area 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 Bethany Dawe at Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce.

What’s your name?

Bethany Dawe

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I enjoy playing volleyball, photography, going on hikes and road trips

What’s your favourite movie?

Silver Linings Playbook

What is your favourite band?

Coldplay & Queen

What is your favourite restaurant?

The Keg or Boston Pizza

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a cockapoo named Cooper

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means creating a business from an idea that you are very passionate about. Making your dreams a reality.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I’m really obsessed with watching “slime” videos on Instagram so I think people who have their own slime business is pretty cool (I’d be their #1 customerJ)

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Seeing a participant’s ideas come to life and becoming successful young entrepreneurs. I’m also really looking forward to hearing all the different ideas participants bring to the table.

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

Anything with tourism, whether it is homemade Newfoundland crafts, art, or photography. I think these types of businesses would be successful in my region especially in the smaller outport communities.

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

It’s a constant learning process. Nothing happens over night so you need to work really hard for what you want.

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

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

gander@youthventuresnl.com

www.youthventuresnl.com

Ph: (709) 256-4794

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Amanda Barney – Labrador Straits

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 Amanda Barney in Labrador Straits.

What’s your name?

Amanda Barney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Labrador Straits (L’Anse au Loup)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Hiking, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Quading, spending time with my three children

What’s your favourite movie?

Any chick flick!

What is your favourite band?

Love Bon Jovi!

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets?

A seven year old Brittany Spaniel named Barney J

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 a hobby or an interest and transforms it into a prosperous venture!  Last year, I had a participant who made ice fishing poles and roasting sticks and painted them in 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 students make their business ideas become reality.  I am anticipating a very 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 (rock, driftwood, etc.), and paintings and pictures of NL scenery.  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 to 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

Community Youth Network

PO Box 256

L’Anse Au Loup, NL A0K 3L0

Phone: 709.927.7912

Email: southernlabrador@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Alicia Lilly – Harbour Breton CYN

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 Alicia Lilly at Harbour Breton CYN.

What’s your name?

Alicia Lilly

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Harbour Breton CYN and area

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Walking, Crafts, Photography

What’s your favourite movie? 

Annie

What is your favourite band?

The Band Perry

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets?

NO

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship means turning something you love to do into profit !

What is the coolest business you heard of?

The coolest business I have heard of is the Hockey Camp Business, where hockey players help younger kids to improve their skills

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Seeing what kind of businesses youth will come up with.

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

Hockey Camp

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

It’s not a job !  You make your own hours on your own terms..

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

You won’t know until you TRY !

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
Harbour Breton Community Youth Network
24-26 Canada Drive, Harbour Breton, NL A0H1P0
Telephone: 1 709 885 3180
Email: southcoast@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Mia Francis – CBDC Gateway

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

What’s your name?

Mia Francis

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Gateway in Channel-Port aux Basques

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love reading, hiking, and going to the beach!

What’s your favourite movie?

I love almost any superhero movie.

What is your favourite band?

I really like The Strokes and Weak Size Fish.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me is turning your ideas and passions into profit and bringing opportunities into your community.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I love Kailey’s Creations! Kailey sells seashell art to raise awareness of sea turtle endangerment. Another one of my favourites is Camp Ohana a camp for LGBTQ+ youth that is held in Pasadena.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am most looking forward to working with my participants and helping their businesses grow and flourish.

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

There is definitely an opportunity to be seized at the Cape Ray Come Home Year this summer! As well, the local museum gift shops and the Scott’s Cove kiosks are always big hits.

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

Youth in NL should know that our program is flexible, manageable, and fun! We are here to help you in any way we can, and it’s so easy to get started.

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

The first step is to make a sound business plan so you can focus on your goals and get all your ideas organized.

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

Mia Francis

CBDC Gateway

52 Main Street, PO Box 430

Channel-Port aux Basques, NL

A0M 1C0

Phone: (709) 695-7406

Email: gateway@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Dylan Wheaton – CBDC Central

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 Dylan Wheaton at CBDC Central

What’s your name?

Dylan Wheaton

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Central

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Playing guitar, watching hockey, spending time at the cabin, and hanging out with friends

What’s your favourite movie?

Inception

What is your favourite band?

The Eagles

What is your favourite restaurant?

Pizza Delight

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a cat named Chloe

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship is a way to make money on your own terms, hopefully through something you are passionate about

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Probably the coolest business idea I heard of last summer through this job was melting soda cans to create crafts

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Helping young entrepreneurs make their dreams come true

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

My region is home to the Exploits River, so something in regards to taking advantage of the tourism created from that

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

That it’s a free program! It provides many benefits at no cost to the participants

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

That it takes a lot of hard work, but it can be extremely rewarding

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

10 Pinsent Drive, Grand Falls – Windsor, NL A2A 2R6

(709) 489-4496

central@youthventuresnl.com

 

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Aaron Harris – CBDC Labrador

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and the next coordinator is Aaron Harris who is based at CBDC Labrador.

What’s your name?

Aaron Harris

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Labrador

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Sports, reading, and games

What’s your favourite movie?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Hunt for the Wildepeople

What is your favourite restaurant?

Piatto

Do you have any pets?

No

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

You take responsibility for starting and running your own business

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Either Strung Out by Cody Green, who makes jewelry out of old guitar strings or the cardboard arcade by Caine Monroy

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Seeing how different students and their ideas work.

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

An odd jobs business or a crafts business would both do well I think

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

We are here to help you with what you need and we’ll be some of your biggest fans to try and spread the word about your business.

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

You never know what will happen until you go and do it.

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

You can email me at labrador@youthventuresnl.com or call (709) 896-5814. Also, you can swing by the office at 4 Hillcrest Road.

 

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Alyson Moores – CBDC Nortip

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 the first coordinator is Alyson Moores who is based at CBDC Nortip.

 

What’s your name?

Alyson Moores

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Nortip – Plum Point

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

  • Sports
  • Traveling

What is your favourite restaurant?

Pizza Delight

Do you have any pets?

I have a small dog named Mako

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

The drive to turn a hobby into profit

What is the coolest business you heard of?

The coolest business I’ve heard of was so far was done by a young boy who made jewelry from used guitar strings. (Cody from Strung Out – Check him out on Facebook)

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I look forward to working with the youth in my area and encouraging them to turn their hobbies into profit.

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

  • High demand for lawn care services
  • High demand for babysitting services

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

Youth Ventures allows assistance in finding an idea that will work in your community, help create a well-structured business plan, and point you in the right direction during the entire process.

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

The first and most important step in starting your own business is creating a business plan.

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

You can contract me through email at nortip@youthventuresnl.com, through phone at (709) 247-2232 ext. 228, or drop by my office at CBDC Nortip (P.O. Box 140,
Plum Point, NL, A0K 4A0). Also, feel free to ask any questions if you see me around the community.


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