Makin’ Lemonade is our new blog series where we interview Youth Ventures participants on what inspired them to start their business, their biggest challenges, their successes and their dreams for their ventures.
Today we are chatting with Josh Nolan from Art Connection based in Red Bay, NL.
What is your business name?
Tell us about your business.
I am a self made entrepreneur that turned my talent into a local business. I hand paint mostly Newfoundland and Labradors related culture. I have also turned to designing T-Shirts and hoodies with catchy logos.
Why did you start your business?
Entrepreneurship runs through my veins. My Father, once being a business man had a successful company. I always had a take leadership attitude in most situations.
How did Youth Ventures help?
Youth Ventures helped me advertise my company. I was featured in the Northern Pen newspaper which surfed all over social media.
What is your dream for your venture?
My dream is in the making. I am working towards having my own building where my business will be located.
What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?
I get a thrill when I work hard and see great progress.
What were the greatest challenges in getting started?
Stock. When you run out of stock and have orders, you are anxiously waiting for stock to arrive to get your customer’s orders completed.
What has been your biggest success so far?
My biggest success so far I would only have to say is opening my own business. You cannot expect to become a millionaire over night. You have to spend money to make money and that will pay off.
Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?
Believe in what you want. Work hard towards your goals.
What’s next for your business?
Adding new merchandise!
How can people buy your products?
I am found on Facebook “Art Connection“.
If you are interested in starting your own business this summer, Youth Ventures can help! Head to our website to get started today.