Uncategorized

“Students, Youth Entrepreneurs Celebrate the 27th season of Youth Ventures”

Uncategorized

Youth Ventures delivers official kick-off to NL students and young entrepreneurs

St. John’s, NL – Youth Ventures is proud to partner with Frontline Action to kick-off the 27th season of Youth Ventures. The kick-off is dedicated to celebrating the success of young entrepreneurs in the province and to highlight the entrepreneurial resources available to youth in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you’re between the ages of 12-29 and interested in starting your own business, then Youth Ventures can help you do just that.

“Youth Ventures encourages youth to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit by starting their own money-making profitable ventures,” said Robyn Evans, the Provincial Coordinator with Youth Ventures. The program runs from April to August, with coordinators from coast to coast who can assist youth with creating a business idea, writing a business plan, accessing financial support, marketing and promotion, business counselling, mentoring and more.

To kick-off the season, Youth Ventures hosted an entrepreneurial showcase featuring Youth Ventures’ businesses and partner organizations. Youth from Villanova Junior High, Choices for Youth and Association for New Canadians attended the event to learn more about how entrepreneurship can be a viable career option for youth in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the entrepreneurial support that is available to them.

The start of the Youth Ventures season is always an exciting time for the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC). “Youth Ventures has been delivered by the CBDCs since 1996. Even though it is a summer-based entrepreneurship program, the energy that the young business owners show carries throughout the year,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs.  “We see the lessons learned through owning a small business help shape the futures of the young people of this province. Many find that their experiences help direct their careers. Quite often we see the entrepreneurial skills help them become community leaders, business owners and the innovators of this province.” Since its inception, Youth Ventures has helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), provided $425,009 to support the delivery of the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“Our government is committed to investing in initiatives that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and career development among our youth in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “The Youth Ventures Program has been instrumental in fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in our province’s young people and guiding them every step of the way in setting up their own businesses. I applaud all program

participants for their hard work, creativity and entrepreneurial drive, and I wish them good luck with their summer ventures and continued success in the future.”

The Provincial Government is providing $95,000 this year to the Youth Ventures Program.

“Our government is proud to partner with Youth Ventures, which has a proven record of successfully supporting young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in creating entrepreneurship opportunities,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “I congratulate Youth Ventures for kicking off what is sure to be another successful year and commend everyone involved with the organization for the crucial role they continue in play in strengthening our workforce and creating jobs.”

-30-

For more information, contact Project Coordinator – Community Development, Robyn Evans:
709-745-4406 (office) /
robyn.evans@cbdc.ca (e-mail)
Cellular: Roseanne Leonard/ 709-691-5530

Meet Your Coordinator: Jenna Skinner – CBDC Gateway

Uncategorized

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 Jenna at CBDC Gateway in Channel-Port aux Basques.

 

What’s your name?

Jenna Skinner

 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Gateway

 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love hanging out with my friends, going for drives, taking my dog for a walk or binge-watching netflix shows!

 

What’s your favourite movie?

The lion king was always an all time favourite of mine! Super excited for the new live action one coming out this summer!

 

What is your favourite band?

Currently fangirling over the Jonas Brothers again now that they’ve made a comeback!  

 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet or Jungle Jims.

 

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a pomapoo, his name is Quinn!

 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means being innovative, dedicated and determined to follow your dreams and turn them into a reality!

 

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I’ve recently learned about the 3D Portrait Prints business that started up in Stephenville last year and thought that was super cool!

 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m most looking forward to meeting new people, getting involved in the community through different events and helping as many youth as possible get involved in the program and ultimately start their own business!

 

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

Anything that has to do with tourism, I think an interesting idea in particular for someone interested and good at drawing could be to set up a stand at one of the tourist hot spots in town and do on the spot caricatures or something of that sort!

 

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

That it’s an amazing program with endless opportunities and a great way to start your own business or to learn more about entrepreneurship.

 

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, driven and willing to learn! There is lots of help available, don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance.

 

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

Jenna Skinner

CBDC Gateway

Channel-Port aux Basques, NL

A0M 1C0

Email: gateway@youthventuresnl.com

Phone: (709)-695-7406

 

 

 

Meet Your Coordinator: Jaime Walsh – CBDC Emerald

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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 Jaime at CBDC Emerald in Baie Verte.

What’s your name?
Jaime Robin Walsh

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
CBDC Emerald – Baie Verte-Green Bay region

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Reading, sports, spending time with my friends

What’s your favourite movie?
Forrest Gump

What is your favourite band?
Jimmy Eat World

What is your favourite restaurant?
Louis Gee’s Pizza

Do you have any pets?
I have a cat named Oreo

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
It means taking your passion or hobby and turning it into a business! It takes determination and commitment to take something they love to do and make it profitable

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Escape Quest in St. Johns! They have 4 escape rooms that are both challenging and fun, I recommend to anyone visiting the city to check them out!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Getting involved with the youth in the area and helping them start up their businesses and maintain them to the best of my ability

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
There is a need for certain services such as lawn care, babysitting, and dog walking in our area that youth can create their business to cater towards

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
That its completely free and there for them to take advantage of in helping them start up their own business!

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


That any idea can be profitable under the right circumstances, and it takes hard work and determination to start and maintain a successful business

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
I’m located at the CBDC Emerald in Baie Verte, P.O. Box 508, A0K 1B0.
They can phone me at (709) 532-8312, or email me at ​emerald@youthventuresnl.com​. (Please include site address, phone number and email)

Meet Your Coordinator: Kayla Power – CBDC Burin Peninsula

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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 Kayla at CBDC Burin Peninsula in Marystown.

What is your name?
 Kayla Power

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

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Playing and watching sports, going on walks/hikes, watching netflix and hanging out with friends

What’s your favourite movie?
Instant Family

What is your favourite band?
I don’t really have a favourite band, but my favourite genre of music to listen to would have to be country

What is your favourite restaurant? Jungle Jim’s

Do you have any pets?
I do not

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
It means taking something you love to do, and coming up with a way to make money doing it. 

What is the coolest business you heard of?
I would have to say 3D Portrait Prints

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Meeting with the youth in my community and helping them come up with ideas to start a business and help them start and follow their journeys

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Childcare services, lawn care, homemade art, clothing brand, and dog services.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Youth Ventures is an amazing opportunity for youth, it can help you transform a hobby of yours into a business where you can make money. 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?
The business you want to start should be something that you like to do or that you are good at doing, starting and maintaining a business is not easy but if you are doing something you love it can make those harder times a little easier.

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

Kayla Power
CBDC Burin Peninsula

W.R Building, Ville Marie Drive, Marystown, NL A0E 2M0

burin@youthventuresnl.com

Tel: (709) 279-4540 Fax: (709) 279-4545

Meet Your Coordinator: Shelbylynn Gill – CBDC Central

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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 Shelbylynn at CBDC Central in Grand Falls-Windsor.

What is your name?
Shelbylynn Gill

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Grand Falls- Windsor Central NL

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Hiking, Gardening, Horseback Riding or anything outdoors!

What’s your favourite movie?
The Breakfast Club

What is your favourite band?
I don’t have a favorite band, but i’m a huge fan of Beyonce

What is your favourite restaurant?
Manas Bakery

Do you have any pets?
I have 2 cats and 2 horses

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Entrepreneurship to me means exploring your interests and being able to turn your interests into a business.

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

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Meeting new participants and helping them start their own business!

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Eco Friendly business opportunities and recreation programs.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Youth Ventures is a free program that could help you start your very own business. It will help with any challenges entrepreneurs face when starting a business, so it’s a great opportunity for anybody who sees themselves as entrepreneurs.

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 that starting a business takes a lot of hardwork and dedication!

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

Shelbylynn Gill
1o Pinsent Drive, Grand Falls- Windsor, NL A2A 2RC (709) 489-4496
Central@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Ian Macdonald – CBDC Long Range

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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.

Meet Your Coordinator, Uncategorized

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.