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Meet Your Coordinator: Ian Macdonald – CBDC Long Range

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Ian at CBDC Long Range in Stephenville.

What is your name?
Ian MacDonald

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
CBDC Long Range 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Soccer, Hockey, Hanging with friends 

What’s your favourite movie?
Avengers End Game 

What is your favourite band?
Boston

What is your favourite restaurant?
Manna’s

Do you have any pets?
Negative

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Entrepreneurship can be starting and developing a passion into a business or it can be a mindset. An entrepreneurial mindset can help people in day to day life and it can help all businesses no matter what the size.  

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Fogo Island Inn

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Watching youth see all the hard work they put into their businesses come to life. 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
I see many outdoors business opportunities and many service opportunities. 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Youth Ventures allows youth to develop many skills that can apply to many aspects of life WHILE making their own money.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?
Make sure it is something you are passionate about.  The more passion you have, the less it feels like a job and the more it feels like a career. 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
My name is Ian MacDonald and I am located at 35 Carolina Avenue, Stephenville NL.  My email is longrange@youthventuresnl.caand my phone number is 709-643-1231.  

 

Meet Your Coordinator: Alyssa Chiasson – CBDC Labrador

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Alyssa at CBDC Labrador in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

What is your name?
 Alyssa Chiasson

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
CBDC Labrador

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Sports, anything to do with being outdoors, photography and spending time with friends and family.

What’s your favourite movie?
Matilda

What is your favourite band? I listen to a lot of music so I wouldn’t be able to narrow down my favourite band/ artist. But right now, I have been listening to a lot of imagine Imagine Dragons, and P!nk music.

What is your favourite restaurant?
Wing n it

Do you have any pets?
1 cat named Pudders

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Entrepreneurship to me means exploring your interests, creating a business plan, and making your dreams a reality.

What is the coolest business you heard of?
A young boy who collected pieces of iceberg and sold it to tourists in his area.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Meeting new participants and helping them with starting/ continuing their own business.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region? Dog walkers, handmade art, maintenance services, and childcare services.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Youth Ventures is a great opportunity to get help with coming up with and starting your own business. 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?
It’s important that you remember to start a business that you are passionate about. Managing your own business isn’t easy but if you are determined, and put in the effort you will lead a successful life

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

Alyssa Chiasson

12 Royal St, Happy Valley- Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0

(709) 896- 5814

labrador@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: William Neville – CBDC Avalon West

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have William Neville at CBDC Avalon West in Placentia.

What is your name?

William Neville

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Town of Placentia

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Sports, Music, and hanging with friends

What’s your favourite movie?
The Wolf of Wall Street

What is your favourite band?
Fleetwood Mac

What is your favourite restaurant?
Wing n It

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have 3 dogs

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
It means taking a skill or passion and creating a venture

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Making jewelry out of guitar strings

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Interacting with our youth

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Lawn Mowing, car wash, DJ, maintenance services.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
That we are here to help and support them throughout the season and create a foundation for a successful business

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?
They need to know that Youth Ventures is always available to help a potential business in whatever field you desire information.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
709-213-0883 or avalonwest@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Rebecca MacArthur – Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Rebecca at Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development in Deer Lake.

What’s your name?

Rebecca MacArthur

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

I am located in the Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development for the Humber Valley/White Bay Region

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Reading, swimming

What’s your favourite movie?

A dog’s Purpose 

What is your favourite band?

I am a huge country fan, Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan are both favourites.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets?

I have a Cat, Thor. 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means chasing your dreams and making them a reality. Doing anything possible to create a business that you love.  

What is the coolest business you heard of?

There has been a lot of cool business through youth ventures but one that has stuck out to me since hearing about it would have to be Logan’s Bergy Bits.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Just meeting new people! Helping youth start successful businesses, and seeing all of the ideas come into the program. 

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

I would love to have a person create some fun games for younger children for local festivals. Also, I would like someone do to babysitting. 

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

People shouldn’t worry if their idea is a good one. Just about any idea can be made into something that will work. 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?

Believe in yourself and work hard. 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.comor by stopping by my office at the Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development, 44 Trans Canada Highway in Deer Lake. 

Meet Your Coordinator: Danielle Burden – Rising Sun Developers Inc.

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Danielle Burden at Rising Sun Developers in St. Anthony.

What’s your name?

  • Danielle Burden

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

  • St. Anthony and Area (Rising Sun Developers Inc.)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

  • I like travelling, road trips, fishing, trying new things, watching movies, and ski-dooing. 

What’s your favourite movie?

  • I can’t pick just one, so, Pulp Fiction, The Silence of the Lambs, and Beetlejuice.

What is your favourite band?

  • Again, I can`t pick just one, so here’s a couple: Panic! At The Disco and Matchbox Twenty.

What is your favourite restaurant?

  • Wingin` it (But only for their Double Ugly chicken wings)

Do you have any pets?

  • No.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

  • To me, it means having the courage to what you love and make a business out of it.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

  • The coolest business I`ve heard of is Conscious Step. It`s a sock company that fights for a cause. They donate their profits to causes UNAIDS, Action Hunger, and so many more.
    As for Youth Ventures businesses, KMD Designs has always caught my eye. I think what she does is beautiful. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

  • I`m looking forward to helping as many youth as I can start their own business.

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

  • I know in my region there is nothing that has to do with cosmetics or esthetics, so a makeup artist or nail artist business would definitely thrive here.
    Also, this is a big tourist destination in the summer so anything along the lines of a hiking tour, framed pictures of the area, Newfoundland inspired things are a definite go-to. 

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

  • Newfoundland has great potential for youth who start their own businesses. Having resources like Youth Ventures to help you along the way just makes it all the more better. Youth Ventures is here to help you right from the start, whether it`s coming up with a business idea, funding, or even just advertisement.

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

  • It`s an adventure. You`ll learn so much from it and it`s empowering to be your own boss.

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

  • My office is in St. Anthony, my phone number is (709) 454-2214, and my email is risingsun@youthventuresnl.com.

 

Meet Your Coordinator: Julia Blackwood – Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Julia Blackwood at Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce in Gander.

What is your name?

Julia Blackwood

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Playing volleyball, swimming, working out, baking/cooking and hiking/exploring.

What’s your favourite movie?

Me Before You

What is your favourite band?

Jonas Brothers

What is your favourite restaurant?

Boston Pizza

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a fish named Astro.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Making your dreams a reality.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I watch a lot of youtubers, all of which make money from making videos. I think that is really cool because they are getting to make money doing that they enjoy. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Seeing the ideas that participants come up with and watching their businesses grow 

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

Anything souvenir like, tourism is huge in my area 

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

Youth Ventures is a great program and it can start a lifelong career that is very rewarding.

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

You have to work really hard to get what you want. It’s not going to happen instantly 

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

(Please include site address, phone number and email)What’s your name?

Julia Blackwood

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

gander@youthventuresnl.com

www.youthventuresnl.com

Ph: (709) 256-7110

Meet Your Coordinator: Skye Mitchelmore – CBDC Nortip

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Skye Mitchelmore at CBDC Nortip in Plum Point.

What’s your name? 

Skye Mitchelmore

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

  • CBDC Nortip- Plum Point

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

  • Ski dooing
  • Traveling 
  • Camping

What’s your favourite movie?

  • The Last Song

What is your favourite band?

  • 5 Seconds of Summer

What is your favourite restaurant?

  • Wing’n it

Do you have any pets?

  • I have a dog and a cat.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

  • It means being original and creative enough to have your own business idea. Also, having the drive to start it up to make profit and become your own boss.  

What is the coolest business you heard of?

  • A girl named Collette started her own business with Youth Ventures called,“Throw your glitter”, and she creates original greeting cards for all different occasions.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

  • Planning different events around the communities.

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

  •  There is a high demand for odd jobs around the communities (lawn care, car wash & etc.) and also for babysitting jobs.

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

  • We can help you get their business started and be there to support you throughout the summer. Youth Ventures will help in any way that we can.

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

  • They should try to get the best business idea that is going to make profit and that people are going to be interested in. Then, they should have a good business plan to follow when starting it up.

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

  • They can contact me through email, social media, or by phone. Also, they can come visit me at my office in Plum Point. 

Skye Mitchelmore
Regional Youth Ventures Coordinator
CBDC Nortip
Main Street
Plum Point, NL
A0K 4A0
(709)247-2232 ext. 228
nortip@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Alicia Lily – Harbour Breton Community Youth Network

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Alicia Lily at the Harbour Breton Community Youth Network.

What is your name?  

My name is Alicia Lilly

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

This summer I am based out of the Harbour Breton Community Youth Network in Harbour Breton, servicing the entire South Coast.

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

My favorite hobby would have to be spending time with family. 

What’s your favourite movie? 

My favorite movie is Annie ! 

What is your favourite band? 

My favorite band is The Band Perry.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims !

Do you have any pets? 

No Pets !

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means a alot !   It is taking something you love to do and turning it into a business, it is having drive and determination to make money, it ‘s having enough creativity to make a business yours.

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

The coolest business i have heard of is I For An Eye it is a socially conscious eyewear brand. Their vision is to provide as many people as they can with vision care. So they have teamed up with Seva Canada to make that happen. $10 from every pair you purchase is donated to Seva Canada to help third world countries in many different areas of need in terms of vision care. Prescription eyewear, surgery, education, medicine, etc.

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I’m looking forward to building relationships with students and participants. I look forward to seeing what they come up with this year!

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

There are so many opportunities. I see hockey camps being one that would really work here. 

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

It is a great opportunity to make some extra cash and to even better yourself for the future. You will never be alone if you want to start a business. 

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

There is help!  You won’t be alone in the journey to starting your own business, and you never know until you try!

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

They can contact me through email @ southcoast@youthvenuresnl.com or by telephone @ 709- 885-3180

Meet Your Coordinator: Josh Merrigan – CBDC Trinity Conception

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Josh Merrigan at CBDC Trinity Conception in Carbonear.

What is your name?

Josh Merrigan 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Trinity Conception 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Playing guitar, hiking, camping, reading books, watching sports. 

What’s your favourite movie?

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 

What is your favourite band?

It’s hard to pick a favourite, there are so many good ones. Probably Fleetwood Mac though. 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Again it’s hard to pick a favourite because there are lots of great restaurants, especially in Newfoundland, but probably Piatto. 

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a mini golden doodle named Kasmir. 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me, means taking something you are good at and sharing it with other people in a way that you can make an income from it. 

What is the coolest business you heard of?

It’s hard to pinpoint what the coolest business I’ve heard of is because there are so many ways to define a cool business. Apple is certainly up there because of the way they revolutionized the smartphone. So are Tesla and Space X. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Being able to help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas or desire to be in business into a viable venture. 

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

Most of it revolves around tourism or creating/selling artisan goods. There is always room for opportunities in green technology and green product development as well though. 

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

Be confident in your ideas. Lots of people have great ideas and never follow through with them. If everyone did this the world wouldn’t have a lot of the great products and services that we have today. If you don’t have expertise in one area there is almost certainly someone out there who is willing to help.

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

 That Youth Ventures is happy to help them turn their desire to be an entrepreneur into a business that they can be proud of. We have something for youth at every step of the entrepreneurial ladder, whether it is assistance with planning, marketing, or connecting them with mentors. 

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

Call me at (709) 596-0014 or email me at trinity@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Shayla Kielly – CBDC Celtic

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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 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Shayla Kielly at CBDC Celtic in Ferryland.

What is your name? 

Shayla Kielly 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

CBDC Celtic 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Nails, Photography, reading, baking 

What’s your favourite movie? 

Country Strong 

What is your favourite band? 

I don’t have a favourite band, but I LOVE country music 

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Jungle Jims 

Do you have any pets? 

Yes 2. 

Charlie – he is a 2 year old maltese/shih-tuz 

Daisy – she is a 9 week old shih-tuz/bichon frise 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

It means doing something you love to do 

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

3D crafts 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Getting involved with working with youth and within the community. 

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

Babysitting, nails, lashes, photography, lawn care, etc 

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

We are here to help everyone through the most fun program. 

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

“if you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? Feel free to contact me, ShaylaKielly, at (709) 432-2662 or at celtic@youthventuesnl.com . You can also find out more at www.youthventuresnl.com.