Meet Your Coordinator — Naomi Butt, Southern Labrador/Strait of Belle Isle CYN!

Southern Labrador/Strait of Belle Isle CYN

What’s your name?
Naomi Butt

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
I am based in the Labrador Straits area! This area covers communities from Red Bay to L’anse au Claire, and I live in Red Bay. 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
 I love being outdoors! I enjoy going in boat, travelling, hiking, reading, shopping, and listening to podcasts

What’s your favourite movie?
I love all the Taken Movies! Liam Neeson is my favourite actor.

What is your favourite band/artist?
I am a big fan of Luke Combs.

What is your favourite restaurant?
I love Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets?
No, but my boyfriend has the sweetest German Shepherd named Harley and we take care of her together!

What is a fun fact about you?
I am 19 years old and I am attending Memorial University in hopes to one day become a primary/elementary school teacher!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
 Entrepreneurship means having the ability and option to make an earning by doing something you love. It is a career path that lets people use their creativity to prosper and grow in the workforce. Being able to run your own business lets people take control of their independence and with entrepreneurship the options are endless.

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Since this is my first year working as a Youth Ventures Coordinator, I am not overly familiar with small businesses around my general area, but I think the coolest business I heard of is a clothing business called Stephsoriginals. She started her own small business making clothing with cute sayings on it and her business is growing daily.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

 I am mostly looking forward to connecting with the youth and assisting them in whatever they need to start their businesses.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
I live in a region that has very popular tourist attractions, so I can see so many potential business opportunities. Crafting would be a very popular business because tourists love souvenirs such as key chains, postcards, wooden/rock crafts, etc. Another business opportunity that will do well in my region is lawn mowing and car washing. These services are well needed, especially in the summer, and people like to support the youth whenever they can.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
I believe they need to know the benefits of Youth Ventures and how much support and guidance this program can offer the youth in our province when starting their own business.

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?
My advice would be to go for it! Chase every dream you have and if you fall, pick yourself right back up. If someone else can do it, so can you! 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
By phone 709-927-7623, or by e-mail at southernlabrador@youthventuresnl.com