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22nd Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs

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ST. JOHN’S, NL, August 8th, 2019– Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador hosted its 22nd Annual Youth Ventures Awards, recognizing the growing trend of youth business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador. The event, hosted by the St. John’s Farmers’ Market, is dedicated to celebrating the tremendous success of the young entrepreneurs and future leaders of our province while promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option for youth. In its 27 years of operation, Youth Ventures has helped 7,000 entrepreneurs start 4,600 businesses by providing advice on idea development, business planning, marketing direction, financial advice, and more.

At the event, eight youth entrepreneurs were awarded for their entrepreneurial excellence, along with a Star Coordinator and Mentor of the Year.

Venture of the Year
Matthew Lawrence – TutorNL, Conception Bay South, NL
Sponsored by Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs

Excellence in Financial Management
Micah Sacrey, Jonathan Sacrey, Janelle Sacrey – 3D Portrait Prints, Stephenville, NL
Sponsored by East Coast Mortgage Brokers

Excellence in Marketing
Brady Huxter – e-Motion Video, St. John’s, NL
Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave

Trailblazer of the Year
Alyssa Barrett – Candy Treasures by Alyssa, Old Perlican, NL
Sponsored by iDesign Ltd.

Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)
Anna Hickman, Ashlee Hickman, Jack Hickman – The Dawg House, Fortune, NL
Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Excellence in Arts & Tourism
Shana Brown, Dillon Brown – Shillon Music, Whiteway, NL
Sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

Excellence in Customer Service
Cora Hogg, Devyn Hogg – Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

Community Impact Award (In honour of Nevaeh Denine)
Adam Hill – Comet Cupcakes, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Presented by Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand

Mentor of the Year
Morgan Kelly – Association for New Canadians
Sponsored by Event3Sixty

Star Coordinator
Kristen Murray – Metro Business Opportunities
Sponsored by Islandiwde Promotions

On hand to help celebrate the achievements of the young business owners were representatives of Youth Ventures partners: Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East; Sarah Stoodley, MHA for Mount Scio and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Aiden Wadman, Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporation (CBDCs). His worship Danny Breen, Mayor of the City of St. John’s, was also in attendance.

“We see more and more youth thinking creatively about what is a small business. We want to make sure that the idea becomes a reality. Running a small business for a day, a few weeks or part-time while in school have the same weight in terms of lessons learned. Being a small business owner teaches youth people skills, money management skills, and builds confidence,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs. “We want all youth to learn from, and recognize the value of running a business.”

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

“Our government understands the importance of entrepreneurship to future economic growth, especially among youth – our next generation of leaders who will help drive our economy. That is why we support the Youth Ventures Program, which provides young people with the entrepreneurial skills and confidence needed to establish and grow their own business,” said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “I congratulate this year’s outstanding award winners whose entrepreneurial drive, creativity and commitment shone through in their business ventures this summer. All participants are to be commended for their hard work and vision, and I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

The Provincial Government, through Service Agreements for Youth and Students, provided $95,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs, in support of this year’s Youth Ventures Program.

“Starting a business is a great way to build a brighter future for those individuals involved, the local community, and the province as a whole. The Youth Ventures experience provides idea development, business planning, marketing support, financial information, hiring assistance, and more. Congratulations to all the award winners for their hard work and dedication,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

Youth Ventures is a program presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs that promotes entrepreneurship as a primary career option for youth in Newfoundland & Labrador. Youth Ventures employs regional coordinators across the province to foster youth business development.

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For more information, please contact
Robyn Evans: 709.745-4406/ robyn.evans@cbdc.ca

Cell: Roseanne Leonard – 691-5530

Meet Your Coordinator: Cathy Payne – Town of Parsons Pond

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Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Cathy Payne who is based at the Town of Parsons Pond.

 

What’s your name?
Cathy Payne

 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Town of Parsons Pond

 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Reading, learning new things, spending time with family

 

What’s your favourite movie?

Grease

 

What is your favourite band?

Journey

 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

 

Do you have any pets?

Dog named Bree & cat named Vic

 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Being your own boss and running your business your way

 

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Making crafts from moose antlers

 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Helping youth start their businesses

 

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

 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Starting a business is fun

 

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

It’s fun and you get to decide the way your business is going to run

 

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

P.O. Box 39

Parsons Pond, NL A0K 3Z0

709-243-2744

redochre@youthventuresnl.com

 

Meet Your Coordinator: Kristen Murray – Metro Business Opportunities

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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 Kristen at Metro Business Opportunities in St. John’s.

What is your name?
Kristen Murray

 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Metro Business Opportunities (St. John’s and Mount Pearl)

 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Singing in choir, volunteering and playing soccer!

 

What is your favourite movie?
Birdman

 

What is your favourite band?
ABBA

 

What is your favourite restaurant?
Peaceful Loft

 

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have 2 cats and 1 dog!

 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Taking a true passion or skill and turning it into a business that helps a need you see in your community!

 

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Cat Cafés!

 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Interacting with youth and helping to bring their business ideas and dreams of entrepreneurship to life!

 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
“What’s Next for Bowring Park?” and Food/Clothing Trucks

 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
We are here to make your summer fun, full of growth and productive in getting your business started!

 

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

Starting a business is not easy, but approaching programs like Youth Ventures will give you the jump start you need with encouragement, mentorship and professional services!

 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
(709) 738 – 1626 or mbo@youthventuresnl.com

 

 

Meet Your Coordinator: John Button – CBDC Eastern Initiatives

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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 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?

  • Any type of sport

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?

  • Sadly, no I do not

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 (Making Jewelry out of the Guitar Strings)

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

  • Meeting all the young and inspiring entrepreneurs in my area and seeing what kind of ideas they have!

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

  • Clarenville has opened a very successful farm and market for the past couple summer which offers an opportunity for people who enjoy making crafts, food, or bake goods! Also, Bonavista being such 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: Michael Barbour – Choices for Youth

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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 Michael Barbour at Choices for Youth in St. John’s.

What is your name?
Mike Barbour


What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Choices for Youth Ropewalk Lane


What are some of your
favourite hobbies?
Coaching basketball and reading comic books


What’s your
favourite movie?
The Shawshank redemption


What is your
favourite band?
The Rolling Stones, Wu-tang clan and Cher


What is your
favourite restaurant?
Fort Amherst Pub


Do you have any pets?
Yes a 106 pound dog named Louie


What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Building a business and being your own boss


What is the coolest business you heard of?
The possibilities with 3D printing seems to be interesting, it is cool to see the multiple business growing with this technology.


What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Getting to know some awesome people and helping them chase their own passions

 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Social Enterprise is on the rise!

 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
We can help you build your own dream job.

 

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

It will not always be easy, but it will be worth it.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
709-697-4936 or choicesforyouth@youthventuresnl.com.

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

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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.”

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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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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