Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator – Greg Short – CBDC Trinity Conception

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Greg Short

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

I am based out of the Trinity Conception region (Carbonear)!

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I love hiking, reading, cooking, and playing music.

What’s your favourite movie? 

That is definitely a tough one… It’s a hard tie between Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and Jurassic Park.

What is your favourite band? 

They’ve got a funny name but a lot of heart: Rainbow Kitten Surprise. The Lumineers is up there too.

What is your favourite restaurant? 

My favourite restaurant has got to be Subway.

Do you have any pets? 

Sure do! 2 dogs, 6 chickens, and a cat.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means growth and inspiration. It means molding a thought into something that is both tactile and something that you can call your own. 

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

I definitely think board game cafes are the coolest. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

More than anything I’m looking forward to giving those who need it, the tools and motivation to pursue their small business venture. I want to see you succeed!

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

The last couple of years have seen a huge increase in small businesses popping up in the downtown area of Carbonear. I think they’re all unique and fun in their own way! 

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

Youth Ventures is an incredible program for aspiring individuals 12- 29 who want to develop their skills as an entrepreneur. It is the perfect program for any young person looking to start their own business. 

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

Don’t worry about whether or not you have an idea. If you want to start a business, we can help you make it a reality!

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

If you’re between the ages of 12- 29, give me a call at 709-573-1741 or email me at trinity@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator – Megan Maher – CBDC Nortip

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Megan Stephanie Mahar 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

CBDC Nortip, Plum Point.

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I enjoy reading, exercising, watching movies, as well as spending time with my friends and family.  

What’s your favourite movie? 

I have many favourites, but I particularly enjoy the movie, “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes’. 

What is your favourite band? 

I don’t think I have a favourite. 

What is your favourite restaurant?

I enjoy eating at many but the one that stands out the most of all the others would be “Wing’n it”. 

Do you have any pets? 

Yes. I have a dog named Bella.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

To me, I believe that entrepreneurship means to be creative in a sense where you can take a simple idea or hobby and turn it into a profitable business for either short-term or possibly long-term and make a profit.   

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

I think the business “Salt Water Bath Bombs” could likely be the coolest business I have heard of since there are already many known, recognizable businesses who distribute bath bombs, ie. Lush, but Salt Water Bath Bombs are a homemade, smaller business that makes just as much profit now as the bigger franchises that also sell bath bombs.  

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, gaining experience from this job that I can use throughout my business degree, as well as making some friendships with my fellow colleagues along the way.  

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

I think an interesting business opportunity for my region in plum point would be some type of recreational, multi-purpose building which could include a day-care centre, a pool area for both the youth and adults, as well as a dartboard, pool table and different types of activities. This would be a great business opportunity as this region has never had anything like it before so I believe it would have plenty of interest as well as make an incredible profit.  

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

I think the most important aspects that the youth needs to be aware of with Youth Ventures would be, everyone that is part of the Youth Ventures team will do everything they can to ensure success within their clients and many of which have been extensively successful, also Youth Ventures focuses on building careers based on hobbies or ideas that one might have. They try to stress that there are no bad business ideas.  

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

In my opinion, I believe that the most important thing people of any age should know if they have the idea to start their own business is that you can turn any idea into a business if you are willing to work hard enough, and entrepreneurship is a very rewarding career both financially as well as personally.  

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? 709-212-1352 is my personal cell phone number or nortip@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator – Patrick Flannigan – CBDC Burin

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name?
Patrick Flannigan

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
CBDC – Burin

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Exploring new places, networking and learning new things 

What’s your favourite movie? 

I don’t watch many movies but Suits is my favorite series!

What is your favourite band?
The Eagles or Eddie Money

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Eastside Marios or Canton

Do you have any pets? 

A cat named Charlie 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Having the drive to be your own boss and the ability to use your ideas or someone else’s and run with them better than your competition

What is the coolest business you heard of? 
Waste Knot Want Knot – They use a recycled fishing rope to make mats and other crafts

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Looking forward to reuniting with my pals and meeting and guiding the young eager entrepreneurs in my region!!

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

There is lots of untapped potential in agriculture in my region

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

It is important for Youth to know we are an organization in place to help them start, grow, and operate their business no matter the size!

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

You can do it!! Many supports are in place including those offered by Youth Ventures that are specifically designed to assist young aspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, there are organizations like the CBDC that are always there to listen to your ideas and business plans to help you start on the right track

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
709-279-4540 or burin@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator – Minal Abhange – CBDC Humber

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Minal Abhange (aka aspiring food truck owner)

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

CBDC- HUMBER 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I live to eat and love cooking. To test my cooking skills and gain some legit credit I participated in Wall of Chefs Canada which featured on Food Network in Feb 2020 I had an amazing experience meeting my chef idols. 

What’s your favourite movie? 

I’m a movie buff and enjoy a lot of movies, so it’s really hard to pick one. The movie that I recently watched and loved was “The Skyscraper” Dywane Johnson and the storyline was wicked!

What is your favourite band?

I enjoy pop-funk and pop-rock music and  Maroon 5 is my favorite band. 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Right now I’m on a bit of a Sushi Kick so Newfoundland Sushi hands down but I crave a lot of Pizza and Indian street food all the time too. 

Do you have any pets? 

Yes, I’m a proud cat momma. My cat Oliver is my world. He is a part of everything I do and is spoiled rotten with fancy cheese and gourmet low sodium tuna! He came to me as an abandoned cat and in a way, we both rescued each other. 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Freedom to be you. It is an amazing opportunity to unleash your fears by putting to test what you love and getting paid, receiving compliments for your work is all a bonus!

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

Making handmade greeting cards out of a miniature fully functional 3D printer. The entire business fully functions on an under $100 budget. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Achieve two things; connect with youth in my area and build a strong community of entrepreneurs and Baycation; I have lived in Newfoundland for 3 years now and want to explore, visit new places and meet new people. 

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

Agriculture, Food, Lawn Mowing, Food Delivery Service, Cleaning Business considering a post COVID19 reality we all will be living. 

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

We are a great first step for them to try their idea as we support a lot of businesses and offer a lot of loan options to help youth start their dream business. 

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

Businesses can be small or big yet work on all the basic principles of keeping things organized and being ready to adapt, reach out, and connect with entrepreneur mentors. 

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

You can reach me at 709-639-7755  or humber@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator – Andrew Haire – Metro Business Opportunities

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Andrew 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

MBO St. Johns 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Reading

What’s your favourite movie? 

Home Alone 

What is your favourite band? 

Journey

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Restaurant 99

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a cat named Zoey 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Entrepreneurship is the ability to be innovative and create something new for everyone. 

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

G’wann Inn (business concept currently) 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Helping youth in the area develop their skills and finding their entrepreneurial spirit. 

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

Lawn Care, Delivery services, Vehicle repair and detailing. 

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

The program is designed to ensure that all those involved get the opportunity to learn new skills and develop a business idea or actual business. 

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

Patience is a virtue, not every business takes off overnight. Give it time to grow and ensure that you’re always trying your best. 
How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

709-597-6202 / Youthventuresnl.com / ahaire@mboc.ca

Meet Your Coordinator – Vanessa Strugnell – South Eastern Labrador

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Vanessa Strugnell

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

I live in Port Hope Simpson however my region is Lodge Bay- Cartwright… yay for southeastern Labrador!!

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Boating, Ski-Doing, Fishing, Crocheting…

What’s your favourite movie? 

Anything comedy… Melissa McCarthy’s movies are so funny!

What is your favourite band? 

I’m not particular at all when it comes to music, however, I do prefer dance or country 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets? 

No, although I do love puppies  

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Owning your own business!! Find something you love or have a passion for and bring it to life!!  Love when a young person can take their hobby & make money with it!!

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

Oh my, I’m not sure, there are so many of them, each so unique & I love each of them the same 😊  

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

To see our existing businesses expand with new & exciting products, I’m also excited to help new participants/ businesses get set up.

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

Anything that portrays our culture/ heritage, car wash, berry picker, scenic photography, iceberg sales, etc.

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

It’s an exciting program to be involved in, that we as Coordinators are here for them & will help them with their business in any way we can 😊 

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

Don’t be afraid to take risks, research places that are out there to help offset costs, research its viability, etc.

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

PO Box 143                                                                                                                                                                                 

Port Hope Simpson, NL                                                                                                                               Phone: (709) 960 0345                                                                                                                            Email: southeasternaurora@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator – Alyssa Chiasson – CBDC Labrador

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Alyssa Chiasson

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

CBDC Labrador

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Painting, taking pictures, exercising 

What’s your favourite movie? 

Matilda

What is your favourite band? 

5 seconds of summer, Joyner Lucas

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Pitchers

Do you have any pets? 

1 cat

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

I believe to be an entrepreneur you first must begin with an idea and work to execute the steps towards achieving the goal of creating your own business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

A participant sold pieces of iceberg in their area to local tourists and residences’.

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I am so excited to connect with youth in this area, help them in starting their own business, and giving participants all the support they will need for their future as an entrepreneur. 

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

In Labrador, we have many food-related businesses such as the selling of: cupcakes, candy, ice cream, carnival snacks, lawn mowing, pet portraits, etc.

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

Youth Ventures is an awesome resource for youth. Yv is free, informative, and supportive to all participants.

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

When starting a business make sure that your business “matters to you and to others” Jon Butler

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

labrador@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator – Jenna Skinner – CBDC Gateway

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Jenna Skinner 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

I’m based out of CBDC Gateway in Port aux Basques 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I love sitting out by the fire with friends, going on adventures and drives, watching Netflix & taking my dog for walks! 

What’s your favourite movie? 

The Lion King has always been a favourite of mine, but I also love comedy movies & I’m a sucker for hallmark channel Christmas movies! 

What is your favourite band?

I love anything country and Dan & Shay have been a favourite of mine for a while! 

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Swiss Chalet! 

Do you have any pets? 

Yes, I have a pomeranian poodle named Quinn 🙂 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

To me, entrepreneurship means being ready to step out of your comfort zone, and being creative and confident so that you can take your dreams and turn them into your own business! 

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

During training, we had an online session with the founder of Wildhood Clothing that I found to be really inspiring. I love the story that is associated with his business and what his company and clothing stands for!  

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I’m most looking forward to engaging with the youth in my area this summer to give them the confidence and coaching they may need to start a business and learn about the amazing opportunities that can come with being an entrepreneur and starting their own business! I’m also looking forward to finding new ways to interact and get involved in my community.

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

Despite being in the middle of these unprecedented times, there are still so many opportunities within my region that could be very successful this summer. Some examples could include: lawn mowing services, cutting & selling wood, a delivery service, using online platforms such as Facebook groups to sell products (homemade bath bombs, home decor, customized greeting cards, artwork, baked goods, knitted items, etc). 

Especially since there is such a huge emphasis on shopping local, the possibilities are endless and there are lots of great opportunities to take advantage of 🙂 

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

I think youth in NL need to know that Youth Ventures is an amazing program that has so much to offer including valuable experience and knowledge that can open many doors for youth in their future! 

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

That it’s important to be patient, hard-working and willing to continue learning and growing as your business does! There is a lot that goes into building a business up from scratch but there is also a lot of help, guidance, and support available to make the process as simple as possible. The experience, knowledge & opportunities that you will gain will be everlasting and worth all the effort and hard work! 

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

You can contact me through email:

gateway@youthventuresnl.com

Or call me at:

(709)-695-7406

Meet Your Coordinator – Jordan Maloney – CBDC Central

Meet Your Coordinator

 

What is your name? 

Jordan Maloney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Central

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I love to read, play Rocket League, and travel. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland! 

What’s your favourite movie? 

This is tough. All-time, I would have to go with Inception. A great movie that resonated with me lately, however, is Just Mercy

What is your favourite band?

Avenged Sevenfold! 

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Locally, Jungle Jim’s. My favourite restaurant experience, though, has been at Walk-On’s

Do you have any pets? 

A dog, Charlie. He’s ten years old and a maltese-shih tzu mix

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

It means starting and growing something. Something that you can be proud of, and something that can bring good to your community. 

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

Great question. While it was not a for-profit business and was instead a volunteer effort, a local group wove discarded plastic bags into mats and blankets for those who needed them! 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I am looking forward to working with youth, helping them bring ideas to life, and to have an impact in some small way! 

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

There is a ton of opportunity in today’s climate to sell services and goods in the digital space. People also seem to be shifting their attention, and perhaps their purchasing, towards local small businesses and sellers. The sky is the limit this summer for youth who are looking to offer services or sell goods! 

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

That we are here, and that we can help them come up with new and exciting ideas for their businesses! 

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

You do not need to have a concrete idea for a business just yet. We can work together to find something you are passionate about and transform that passion into a business that you can be proud of!

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

central@youthventuresnl.com

 

 

Meet Your Coordinator – Julie White – CBDC Celtic

Meet Your Coordinator

What is your name? 

Julie White

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

CBDC Celtic located in Ferryland

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Seeing new places and meeting new people

What’s your favourite movie? 

 

What is your favourite band? 

Greta Van Fleet and newly discovered (to me) Grimes

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Fork – Mobile, NL

Do you have any pets? 

No, have in the past

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?  

Freedom to be creative and to take risk

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

Portable gardening using other people’s yards and taking the harvest to market. Sharing the harvest with the homeowner. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

the excitement of new businesses starting, helping people see the opportunities that exist 

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

virtual business like Music lessons. Getting back to basics lawn and garden care. Get back to traditions and become a forager of the land and sea.  

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

Youth Ventures is here to help you develop ideas to start their own business. It is okay to dream big and to start out small. When you need a job but cannot find one, make your own. Start with looking for the problems that need to be solved and find an efficient way to solve them.

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

It takes a lot of courage to step out into the business world. Your business model may need to change because of consumer demand, technology or a pandemic. It is a flow so be ready to adapt when there is a rush of change. 

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

709-351-6599 or celtic@youthventuresnl.com