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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

2018 Youth Ventures Award Winners – 21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards

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On August 9th, 2018, Youth Ventures celebrated the 21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards, presented by the CBDC. During this afternoon event, young entrepreneurs were recognized for their excellence throughout the summer program. 2018 was an amazing year for many youth in our province and we’re ecstatic to be part of their entrepreneurial journey. To learn more about the amazing, young entrepreneurs thriving in this province, check out their businesses below!

2018 Venture of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Venture of the Year, sponsored by NL Association of CBDCs, is Kimberley Dunphy.

This award is given to the business that was overall the most successful and well established business of that year. This business is quite visible, profitable, well known and the participant usually works full time. The nature of the business usually has the potential for longevity.

KMD DESIGN started in 2015 as just a home-based business where she only sold on Facebook and Instagram. Since then her Facebook grew to 16,000 likes, she created a website and opened up her own store at 193 Water Street in Carbonear. You can buy all her items in the store items include; wine glasses, coffee mugs, travel mugs, tumblers, saving jars and makeup brush holders. You can buy right off the shelf or work together with Kimberley and design your own custom creation. You can also purchase items on her website at any time, and she ships worldwide.

When she first opened the store she just sold her items, and now she sell items from 4 other women entrepreneurs – 3 of which are made right here in Newfoundland. The others are jewelry, children’s accessories, sea glass creations, bath bombs and cards.

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Sponsored by CBDC

2018 Excellence in Financial Management

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Financial Management, sponsored by BDC – Business Development Bank of Canada, is Matthew Lawrence.

This award is given to a business with outstanding financial record keeping. The nomination materials should show how the business owner used any profit, repaid loans or ran a cost effective business.

Established in 2017, TutorNL provides professional educational services to students of all ages in the Conception Bay South, Paradise, Mount Pearl, St. John’s and surrounding areas. TutorNL is staffed by bright students of Memorial University and only has top performing students on their team. TutorNL’s services are managed out of their office at 120 Conception Bay Highway, CBS Commons.

TutorNL’s services include private tutoring, test review, midterm exam review, final exam review, resume and cover letter writing, paper editing and review booklet packages.

“At TutorNL, our mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and educational experience that meets the goals of our clients. That goal may be to pass a course, graduate and or become an educated member of society. We install an innovative teaching approach for various individual learning styles within the K-12 system, in order to push education in the right direction.”

Sponsored by BDC

2018 Excellence in Marketing

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Marketing, sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave, is Justine Anderson.

This award will be given to the business that used outstanding marketing to develop the business’s brand. Creativity in attracting customers and determining pricing are examples of excellent marketing initiatives.

Justine is the owner of Wild Flower Company in Port aux Basques. She makes and sells producs that focus on nourishing the Mind, Body & Spirit. Wild Flower Co.’s mission is to create all-natural handmade skincare that is safe for sensitive skin and not harmful for the Earth or it’s people. The skincare line includes Soaps, Bath Bombs, Bath Salts, Scrubs, Healing Salves, Lotions, Body Oils, Rose Facial Spray, & Tick Repellents all made from plants grown right here in Newfoundland. Wildflower Co. also caters to our Spiritual side and carries a selection of mystical handmade Dreamcatchers and Aromatherapy Candles.

Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave

2018 Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Outstanding Venture (17 years and under), sponsored by Newfoundland Power Inc., is Dariya Sooley.

This award will go to a business owned by a youth, 17 years and under, who has experienced significant achievement during the current year and stands out amongst the crowd. By reading the application, the judges should get a good understanding of what makes this particular business different and exceptional.

Dariya started with Youth Ventures this year focused selling eggs, ducks and chickens from her home with her business called “Bills and Beaks”. She became interested in this 2 years ago at the young age of 10 when she searched the internet for information on homesteading!

Dariya is unique. She has a passion for animals, the earth and environment, and also possesses an incredible amount of drive. Over the past 2 years she has taught herself to make jam, skin animals & preserve the pelt, harvest antlers for dog chews, refine salt from the sea, and also care for an incredible number of animals and birds. She has a variety of breeds of ducks, chickens, roosters, guineafowl, and quail. She recently purchased a 45 lb turkey for her farm. She also has a variety of pets from dogs, geckos, a kitten, a corn snake, and a goat. Her care of these animals is nothing short of incredible.

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Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

2018 Excellence in Customer Service

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Customer Service, sponsored by Jungle Jim’s, is Alyssa Barrett & Karlie Squires.

This award will go to the business that is outstanding in going over and above what is required in the area of customer service. In this award both letters of support should come from customers.  This business usually promotes customer service as the cornerstone to its success.

The business A&K Candy Boutique is derived from the partners Alyssa Barrett and Karlie Squires. The business provides opportunity for local customers to avail of special hand-made candy bouquets, cotton candy and candy/caramel apples. Since opening their business in 2016, A&K Candy Boutique has attended many events and carnivals in the Trinity-Conception area which has proven their business to be very successful. They have also recently expanded their business to include cotton candy, caramel and candy apples. This has helped to grow their business venture even more. Last year they received the Excellence in Financial Management award through the Youth Ventures program and they are very excited to be back again.

Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

2018 Trailblazer of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Trailblazer of the Year, sponsored by I Design Ltd., is Jonathan Sacrey & Micah Sacrey.

This award will be given to a business that shows unique and forward thinking which leads the way for others whether it be a new method they implemented to achieve success in their business or as a new industry in their region.

Micah and Jonathan Sacrey live in Stephenville.  Micah is 16 and Jonathan is 14.  Their family had recently bought a 3D printer to print things as a hobby, but things changed when Micah heard about Youth Ventures through a presentation at his high school this past May. After telling his brother Jonathan about it, they decided that they wanted to use their 3D printer for more than just a hobby. By checking out ideas on the internet, they discovered lithophanes. A 3D lithophane is a piece of 3D printed biodegradable plastic, that is translucent which when put up to a light source, makes the hidden picture visible. Thus naming their business 3D Portrait Prints.

To advertise their business they created a facebook page, and were present at various public events in Stephenville this summer. After some success with lithophanes, they decided to expand their products to include other 3D printed items. Through their advertising efforts and a lot of support from their family, and Bobbi-Jo, their Youth Ventures Coordinator their business has taken off and is continuing to grow. Since beginning in June they have sold almost $1000 of 3D printed products. As they continue to expand their product line they look forward to seeing how far they can grow this company.

Sponsored by I Design

2018 Excellence in Arts and Tourism

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Arts & Tourism, sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, is Logan Humby.

Businesses eligible for this category delivery a product or service in the visual and performing arts or cater to the culture and tourism industry. Businesses should demonstrate what makes them unique and how they excel in their industry.

Logan operates his business Logan’s Bergy Bits out of St. Lunaire-Griquet. Having been in operation for two summers, Logan has gone from selling his iceberg ice on the side of the road to having his own little shop where he sells the ice as well as bakeapple and partridgeberry butter. He has even started selling the bergy bits at the local Foodland in St. Anthony! Logan’s business is catching the eyes of not only locals, but people from all across the country and the world, having even had a customer from Italy.

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Sponsored by Hospitality NL

2018 Star Coordinator

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Star Coordinator is Gary Noseworhty.

This award goes to the Site Coordinator that has shown initiative and outstanding efforts in delivery of Youth Ventures in their area. This nomination should be completed by a staff member of the Delivery Site and should outline all activities that the Coordinator undertook to better serve their participants. Activities should include any combination of the following: creative marketing activities that generate awareness of the program, exceptional dedication to solving participant issues, achievement of two out of three Site Goals, etc. This nomination should consist of a letter of support and proof of achievements.

Gary has done an outstanding job delivering the Youth Ventures program in his area this year. Gary continuously works diligently to provide assistance, guidance, and support to the participants in his area. Always looking for new and creative ways to promote the Youth Ventures program, Gary began a video series featuring participants and demonstrating the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in our province.

2018 Mentor of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Mentor of the Year, sponsored by Event 3 Sixty, is Virginia McNeil.

This award is given to an individual from the community that has shown tremendous support to one or more Youth Ventures participants. This Mentor respects students’ ambitions and helps them achieve their goals. He/she actively guides the YV participants in their decisions and provides a good model of professionalism. This award will require a letter of support from either the Site Coordinator or another staff member, and a letter of support from a participant.

Virginia is a multi-disciplinary artist, a musician, a community leader, superb communicator and an unrelenting support for the young people in her small town. She has experience across numerous fields of work and is committed to the social and economic development in her town of Trepassey.

Sponsored by Event 3 Sixty

For more information, please contact Ashley Pomeroy at ashley.pomeroy@cbdc.ca or 745-4406.

21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs

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Conception Bay South, NL, August 9th, 2018 – Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador’s 21st Annual Youth Ventures Awards Ceremony is dedicated to celebrating the success of the young entrepreneurs and future leaders of our province while promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career path for Newfoundland and Labrador youth. In its 26 years of operation the Youth Ventures program has helped 7000 entrepreneurs start 4350 businesses by providing advice on idea development, business planning, marketing direction, financial advice, hiring employees and more.

The awards were presented to 7 outstanding entrepreneurs as well as 1 Community Mentor and 1 Youth Ventures Coordinator.

Venture of the Year
Kimberley Dunphy – KMD Designs, Carbonear, NL
Sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs

Excellence in Financial Management
Matthew Lawrence – TutorNL, Conception Bay South, NL
Sponsored by BDC

Excellence in Marketing
Justine Anderson – Wildflower Company, Port aux Basques, NL
Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave

Trailblazer of the Year
Micah Sacrey, Jonathan Sacrey – 3D Portrait Prints, Stephenville, NL
Sponsored by iDesign

Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)
Dariya Sooley – Bills & Beaks, Trepassey, NL
Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Excellence in Arts & Tourism
Logan Humby – Logan’s Bergy Bits, St. Lunaire-Griquet, NL
Sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

Excellence in Customer Service
Alyssa Barrett, Karlie Squires – A&K Candy Boutique, Old Perlican, NL
Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

Mentor of the Year
Virginia McNeil, Trepassey, NL

Star Coordinator
Gary Noseworthy, Carbonear, NL

On hand to help celebrate these young business owners’ achievements are representatives of Youth Ventures partners: Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, representing the Government of Canada; Betty Parsley, MHA Harbour Main, representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Larry Fawcett, Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporation (CBDCs). Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East and Richard Murphy, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Conception Bay South, were also in attendance.

“We need to allow youth to think creatively in order to better prepare them for the unknown jobs of tomorrow.  The Youth Ventures Program is a safe space to try out a new idea, take a risk and learn financial responsibility,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs. “We are trying to foster an ecosystem that will enable youth to thrive in business.”

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided $425,009 through the Business Development Program (BDP) to enable the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporations to deliver the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“This summer, young people all across Newfoundland and Labrador had a taste of what it takes to run a small business, thanks to the guidance and mentorship provided through the Youth Ventures Program,” said Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “I applaud them for their hard work, thank them for their contributions to their communities and to the economy, congratulate them on their successes and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence.”

The Provincial Government provided $95,000 to support this year’s Youth Ventures Program.

“Youth Ventures harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit of young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, supporting them as they plan to start their own business and guiding them through every step of the process,” said Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “Our government is pleased to support Youth Ventures and its efforts to help youth create new opportunities right here at home.”

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 25 site coordinators across the province to foster youth business development.

For more information, please contact Ashley Pomeroy: 709-745-4406 / ashley.pomeroy@cbdc.ca
Cellular: Roseanne Leonard / 709-691-5530