Meet Your Coordinator — Amanda-Marie, Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development!

What’s your name?
Amanda-Marie Hillyard

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development – Deer Lake

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Reading, writing, learning new things

What’s your favourite movie?
The Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy (I’m counting it as one!)

What is your favourite band/artist?
The Amazing Devil – an alt-folk band that is beyond description, haunting and comforting in turns. Modern day bards!

What is your favourite restaurant?
Off the Hook Fish & Chips Truck is local and delicious!

Do you have any pets?
Not currently. I have had dogs, cats and hamsters.

What is a fun fact about you?
I wear odd socks intentionally – life is too short to match socks!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Entrepreneurship means taking something that you are passionate about and building on that passion to create a business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Cormack Bee Company – bees are vital, and they make amazing products from the honey, from lotions and lip balms to candles to spiced chai honey.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m looking forward to helping youth take their passion and creativity and help turn it into reality in the form of businesses.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
Supporting and buying local is both popular right now and worthwhile, so there is a lot of opportunity for local businesses to build – agriculture, crafts, services, etc.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
Youth Ventures can help in so many ways!  We can help with resources, support and so much more to help you start your business!

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?
No idea is a bad idea, as long as it is planned and developed properly.  You can accomplish building your business from something you love, with effort and planning.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
The Grand Lake Centre of Economic Development is at 44 TCH, Deer Lake, NL A8A 2E4.  You can reach me at or (709) 635-3861