Meet Your Coordinator — Sara Ford, CBDC Gateway!

What’s your name?
Sara Ford

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
I’m based out of CBDC Gateway in Port Aux Basques

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Some of my favourite hobbies include reading and watching movies. I also really enjoy spending time outside, so I try to get out whenever it is nice!

What’s your favourite movie?
One of my favourite movies is A Star is Born

What is your favourite band/artist?
My favourite artists include Harry Styles and Lorde, among others!

What is your favourite restaurant?
My favourite restaurant is East Side Marios. I love any place that serves pasta!

Do you have any pets?
I have two cats named Parker and Cocoa and one dog named Jax!

What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is that I love to travel! I have been to many places throughout Canada and outside of Canada such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Domnican Republic. I hope to continue traveling once conditions improve!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
To me, entrepreneurship means having the confidence to take the leap and start something that you are passionate about. It takes a lot of determination and commitment to start your own business! Entrepreneurship is all about having goals and making them happen

What is the coolest business you heard of?
Sugar and Dice located in Corner Brook, NL is a board game cafe that serves tons of delicious treats! I love the idea of having a place to go to hang out with friends or family and have a treat while playing a game.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
I am looking forward to meeting new people and helping youth start up their own businesses! I would love to increase the amount of local businesses on the South-West coast.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
I see opportunities for things like lawn mowing/maintaining and dog walking. There are also many opportunities to make and sell products such as jewelry, embroidery, resin products, baked goods and self care products such as bath bombs.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
There is no such thing as a bad business idea! If you are passionate about something, it is likely that you can make a business out of it. The Youth Ventures Program is such a great opportunity to take advantage of. Joining this program will be a great experience for growth learning. 

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?
One of the hardest parts of starting a business is to take the first step and reach out to someone for help. A piece of advice I have would be to take that first step with confidence in your ideas.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
You can email me at gateway@youthventuresnl.com, call me at (709)-695-7406 or drop by the office which is located at 52 Main Street, Channel-Port Aux Basques.