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From the world of youth entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador

Meet Your Coordinator: Cathy Payne – Red Ochre

Meet Your Coordinator

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: Bobbi-Jo Mauger – CBDC Long Range

Meet Your Coordinator

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

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

Program Updates

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

Meet Your Coordinator: Gary Noseworthy – CBDC Trinity Conception

Meet Your Coordinator

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: Justin Coish – Centre of Economic Development

Meet Your Coordinator

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: John Button – CBDC Eastern Initiatives

Meet Your Coordinator

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: Nicolas White – CBDC Humber

Meet Your Coordinator

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.

Meet Your Coordinator: Bethany Dawe – Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet Your Coordinator

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: Amanda Barney – Labrador Straits

Meet Your Coordinator

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: Alicia Lilly – Harbour Breton CYN

Meet Your Coordinator

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