Meet Your Coordinator — Sean Baker, Harbour Breton Community Youth Network!

What’s your name?
Sean Baker

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
Harbour Breton Community Youth Network

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Weight lifting, running, sports such as hockey, basketball and volleyball, driving and listening to music, going (walking/driving) on adventures, watching movies/shows, video games, reading, baking/cooking

What’s your favourite movie?
The Lord of the Rings (full trilogy)

What is your favourite band/artist?
Metallica

What is your favourite restaurant?
Scott’s Snack Bar, in Harbour Breton (no longer available)

Do you have any pets?
One dog (siberian/malamute husky), named Max

What is a fun fact about you?
 In 2018 I competed at the world ball hockey championships in the Czech Republic.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Turning a passion you have in your life into profit. It breaks the norms of the workforce by starting your own business and opportunities.

What is the coolest business you heard of?
 Photography. Very simple I know, but during this day and age of social media image, a skilled photographer/editor could make good money on pictures through:

Action photography (sports photos and exercise photography such as canoeing, weightlifting, etc.) and specials occasions such as weddings, graduations, and reunions. 

Having a skilled photographer at hand can make your social media profile come to life like never before. All it would take is one customer to show off your work and you’re in business. It is cool to me when you look at the amazing edits people can do on videos and photos nowadays. The concept of showing off a “good aesthetic” is rapidly growing.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

 Working a job I know I’ll enjoy and having the opportunity to provide well needed excitement in my community. Using my skills acquired working with the CYN recreation last summer, I am excited to prepare events with Youth Ventures as the headline.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
 Walking outdoors and sightseeing is rapidly becoming a hobby everyone seems to enjoy. There is much potential to capitalize on this by: photography, selling walking accesories such as water bottles, bags, headbands, sunglasses, etc., walking challenges along with recognition (postcards, certificates), that provide a feeling of accomplishment, rewarding people for completing walking challenges (both with great scenery and recognition of completion), anything that attracts tourism and adventure seekers to your community

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
They need to know how youth ventures can provide them with a summer job where they can not only make profit, but also enjoy their summer (and perhaps longer), as they please. People take regular jobs because they’re safe but are often frustrated with schedule conflicts. Youth Ventures can not only provide you with a job you know you’ll enjoy, but also one where you create your own schedule.

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?
I would tell them it is not as daunting as it may seem. With the proper promotion (which we can provide), you can create a business that will for sure earn you money. Be aware of how supportive community members can be to young entrepreneurs. Even if your business isn’t something they needed in their lives, people are for sure going to support you regardless. All this leaves you with the window to do a good job and impress them with what you have to offer, and success is for certain to come.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?
26 Canada Dr Harbour Breton, NL, or by phone (709) 572-5579 or by e-mail at southcoast@youthventuresnl.com