Meet Your Coordinator — Julia Blackwood, Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce!

What’s 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?
Working out, hiking, cooking and reading

What’s your favourite movie?
The Best of Me

What is your favourite band/artist?
Jordan Davis and Mitchell Tenpenny

What is your favourite restaurant?

Do you have any pets?

What is a fun fact about you?
 Although I am pursuing a degree in Dietetics. One day I hope to be a business owner, I would like to own my own gym and work as a Dietician and Personal Trainer from there.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Becoming an entrepreneur requires someone who is willing to take risks, work hard and sometimes it takes multiple attempts to become successful. Entrepreneurship opens many doors and allows you to pursue something you enjoy into something you can profit from.

What is the coolest business you heard of?
  In Youth Ventures, there was a business ran by a young boy who would collect pieces of Icebergs and sell them as “Bergy Bits.”

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Meeting new aspiring entrepreneurs

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
There is a huge potential for handmade crafts due to the amount of tourism/staycationers in my area.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
 Youth in NL need to know that Youth Ventures is a very helpful and knowledgeable program to become a part of.  We can help with consulting sessions, access to a mentor, networking opportunities, marketing support and more!

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?
The hardest part is probably getting started, with the help of Youth Ventures this can be made significantly easier and enjoyable. Becoming an entrepreneur can be so rewarding!

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce, my phone at (709) 256-7110, or by e-mail at