Meet Your Coordinator: Benjamin Crocker –  Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce 

What’s your name?

 Benjamin Crocker

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

 Chamber of Commerce Gander

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

 My favorite hobbies include playing hockey, watching hockey, playing hockey on Xbox, and just about anything else hockey-related. Some of my non hockey related hobbies are watching and playing basketball, playing outdoor soccer, and watching mixed martial arts.

What’s your favourite movie?

 Fast and Furious 5

What is your favourite band/artist?

 Luke Combs or Nickelback

What is your favourite restaurant?

 Boston Pizza

Do you have any pets?

 I have a dog who is a boxer dog named Leila Ali

What is a fun fact about you?

 I am actually hearing impaired in one ear and deaf in the other.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

 Throughout doing some business courses in university you learn how big of an impact entrepreneurship has on the economy and how even a small increase in the amount of local entrepreneurs in the province would help the economy exponentially. Not to mention the personal growth you experience as a new entrepreneur.

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

The coolest business I have heard of and the origin story behind it is the clothing company East Coast Lifestyle.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

 The thing that I’m looking forward to the most this summer is the opportunity to help youth grow and develop in their journey as an entrepreneur.

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

 The most interesting business opportunity that I see in my region is the opportunity to create a food business on one of the many beaches in my region such as Eastport beach or Lumsden beach. 

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

 That we will do everything in our power to try and support you in your journey to become your own boss as an entrepreneur.

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?

Take advantage of the spare time you have and put it towards developing a plan and reaching out to people who can help you make it happen. As long as you are prepared and willing to work very hard towards your business idea there is no such thing as a bad idea. Also try and center your business idea around providing value or solving an issue for someone. 

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

Gander and area Chamber of Commerce, 109 Trans-Canada Highway

(709) 424-2996

gander@youthventuresnl.com