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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Emily Balsom – Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

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 Emily Balsom who is based at the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce.


What’s your name?

Emily Balsom

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Shopping, traveling, hanging out with friends

What’s your favourite movie?

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies

What is your favourite band?


What is your favourite restaurant?

Taco Bell

Do you have any pets?

I used to have a dog named Missy J

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Taking control and starting your own business. Being confident and independent

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Kono Pizza (Pizza cone food truck)

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Hiking and cabin trips with my friends

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

Anything involving tourism (“Come from Away” will bring a lot of tourists this year)

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

You make it what you want. It can be short term, long term, a new idea, or something

that has been done many times before.

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

You don’t need to start something completely new and unique to be successful. Anyone can take a common idea or service and turn it into something great.

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

They can come see me at:

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

109 Trans-Canada Highway

Gander, NL  A1V 1P6

They can email me at or call (709) 256-4794. They can also check out the website

Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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