Meet Your Coordinator: Rebecca Purchase – CBDC Gateway

What’s your name?

Rebecca Purchase

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

 CBDC Gateway in Port aux Basques

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I love being active and getting outside. I enjoy figure skating, skiing, talking the dog for a walk, exploring, going for drives, listening to music, yoga, reading and spending quality time with my family.

What’s your favorite movie?

I’m not much of a movie person but I keep coming back to To All the Boys I Loved Before on Netflix. I’ve watched it over and over. I loved the books, too.

What is your favorite band/artist?

 I love a wide variety of music genres but lately I’ve taken a liking to country music. Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are constantly on repeat.

What is your favorite restaurant?

I love to eat out. My favorite restaurant is Dairy Queen 100%. Best. Fries. EVER.

Do you have any pets?

I’m a huge animal lover but I especially have a soft spot for dogs. I have a 3-month-old golden retriever puppy named Honey, and my family has a 14-year-old border collie mix named Callie.

What is a fun fact about you?

 A fun fact about me is that I’m a Bachelor of Nursing student and I am hoping to use my business knowledge gained with Youth Ventures to open my own clinic some day.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means to take something that you enjoy doing and have a passion for and turning it into a profitable venture which targets a specific demographic to help solve problems.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Sugar and Dice in Corner Brook has to be one of the coolest and most original businesses ever! It’s a café with delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods, as well as creative specialty drinks which you can enjoy in a relaxing environment while playing one of the in-house board or card games.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m really looking forward to getting back into being involved in my community. I’ve worked with youth in the past so I’m hoping to reconnect with some familiar faces and have some fun at events.

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

There is a large aging population in my region, so I see lots of opportunity for services catered toward older people such as house cleaning services, “personal shoppers,” and delivery services.

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

 Youth Ventures offers support and guidance to anyone ages 12-29 who are interested in starting a business, regardless of current skills and knowledge. We take your business idea and help bring it to life, or help you generate an idea from scratch and help you with every step of your entrepreneurship journey.

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

The biggest piece of advice I can offer an aspiring entrepreneur is to have confidence. Believing in yourself is a very important part of being successful.

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

(Please include site address, phone number and your email)

My office is located at 52 Main Street in Port aux Basques. People can drop by for a visit or reach out to me via phone at (709) 695-7406 or by email at gateway@youthventuresnl.com. I love hearing from people and hope to make your business idea a reality!

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