Meet Your Coordinator: Shane Anderson – CBDC Gateway 

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What is your name? 

Shane Anderson. 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

I am working out of CBDC Gateway in Port aux Basques.

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I really like to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. I also love to play sports; hockey is my favourite sport but I will play just about anything. 

What’s your favourite movie? 

The original Star Wars trilogy will forever be my all time favourite movies. However, I also like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and any Marvel movie.  

What is your favourite band/artist? 

Some of my favourite artists are Shanneyganock, Johnny Cash, AC/DC and Bob Seger.  

What is your favourite restaurant? 

A&W, I love a good burger.  

Do you have any pets? 

I have one cat, his name is Newt. I named him after Issac Newton because I am a nerd.  

What is a fun fact about you? 

I graduate from MUN this year with a Bachelor of Science in physics. In September, I will be starting a Master of Science program with MUN in Physical Oceanography. 

What’s one local business you admire? Why do you admire it? 

One local business that I admire is Edgars Barber Shop here in town. I admire it because I have been going there ever since I was a small child, and I can say confidently that I have never been disappointed with a single haircut! 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

To me, entrepreneurship means to take one of your hobbies, something you like, or just a good idea and turning into it a business. I also see it as a huge learning curve because entrepreneurship can be very risky and is stressful. With that being said, many valuable life lessons can be learned, which I think is very important. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I am super excited to go out into the community and meet people. I am a big social bug and I love the social aspect that will come with this job. Furthermore, I really enjoy working with youth. Entrepreneurship can be a great way to get some youth out of their shell and into the community and I look forward to being that person that can help guide them.  

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

Lawn mowing in the summer months and snow clearing in the winter months for elderly would go over well in this area. I also think that if someone were to set up a little sweets shop in town it would also do really well.  

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

You do not need to know everything there is to know about business in order to start a business. In fact, you don’t have to know anything. All you need is an idea. Youth Ventures is here to help you turn your hobby or interest into a business. We can help you navigate through the red tape areas.  

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

Do not be scared that you will fail because with entrepreneurship, there really is no such thing as failure. You may start a business and it could be a hit. Others may start a business and it might not work out so well. Just because a business doesn’t work out doesn’t mean everything is a failure. There are many valuable life lessons that can be learned with entrepreneurship. Some of the best lessons learned come from situations that don’t always go in your favour.  It is these lessons that you will learn that will help you succeed in life. 

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

You can stop by our office; we are located on 52 Main Street in Port aux Basques. You can also call us at 709-695-7406. Or, you can email me directly at gateway@youthventuresnl.com. 

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