Welcome back to our Youth Ventures Success Stories series — we’re excited to introduce you to Adam Hill! Adam received our 2019 Community Impact Award (in memory of Neveah Denine) and his business, Comet Cupcakes, is rocketing to success! Read on to learn Adam’s story…
In the beginning
12-year-old Adam Hill is a young entrepreneur from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. He started his business, Comet Cupcakes, as a way to make money for a trip to New York City for his 10th birthday. “I originally planned to only sell cupcakes for a couple of months; then when I returned, people kept asking for more and at a local market,” remembers Adam. Comet Cupcakes now supplies community markets, birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries, community events and donations to local fundraisers.
Adam didn’t really ‘plan’ on becoming an entrepreneur. He and his Mom loved baking cupcakes together for sharing at his school and supporting community events. He has always loved making his own money and coming up with exciting new flavours.
When asked what inspires him to stay on track with his business, Adam says “Creativity! And who doesn’t love cupcakes?”
Making it happen with Youth Ventures
Adam’s Youth Ventures journey began while he was selling cupcakes at a local Fire Fighters flea market — our very own Aaron Harris noticed Adam (and his happy customers!) having a great time and asked him if he’d be interested in working with Youth Ventures to develop his small business further.
Adam was excited about the opportunity to work with Youth Ventures to keep growing Comet Cupcakes. “Youth Ventures helped me design my logo, they provided me with business cards, they helped me with business licensing with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Service NL. They’ve been supporting me for three years!” says Adam.
Adam is proud to say that he’s exceeding all his entrepreneurial goals so far and is committed to growing Comet Cupcakes. He’s also excited about the partnerships he’s developing with community groups, including the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay (for events such as Canada Day, Happy Valley Day and New Canadian citizenship ceremonies), and the Nunatsiavut Government for Indigenous Persons Day. Adam also continues to donate sweet treats to several local fundraisers and auctions.
Where does Adam see himself in the future? To start, he’s committed to growing Comet Cupcakes. He also has his sights set on new adventures: “I eventually want to go to college in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where my Dad is from and study Animation. Oh, and go back to New York City!”
What a story!
Thanks for sharing your experiences, Adam — your Youth Ventures family is proud to keep supporting you as you follow your business dreams.
Stay tuned for the next blog in our Success Stories series…until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!