Youth Ventures Success Stories — Meet Alyssa Barrett

We are excited to share the 2020 Excellence in Customer Service Winner, Alyssa Barrett for her business, Candy Treasures by Alyssa!

Here is Alyssa’s story…

In the Beginning

Alyssa Barrett is already an experienced candy maker after starting Candy Treasures by Alyssa at the age of 12 in Old Perlican, Newfoundland. What began as selling candy bouquets has now expanded into a mobile cart with plenty of products to offer including theatre popcorn, cotton candy, and her famous candy and caramel apples! 

Alyssa reflects on the benefits of her growth. “Becoming mobile allowed me to expand my clientele and helped grow my social media following.”

Why Entrepreneurship?

Alyssa was empowered with a strong passion for entrepreneurship growing up. After Alyssa attended a Youth Ventures Coordinator presentation at her high school, the business idea soon became a reality. The appeal of setting your own hours and engaging directly with customers also helped to push her ideas forward!

Making it Happen with Youth Ventures

Youth Ventures has assisted Alyssa in developing posters, business cards, and a marketing plan. The events that were coordinated allowed many customers to try these sweet treats and to become happy customers!

“It was wonderful to have someone to consult with and help you reach out to local customers. Youth Ventures helped set up events and spread the word about my business.” says Alyssa. “This altogether helped in making my business as successful as it is.”

What’s Next

Candy Treasures by Alyssa has no signs of slowing down any time soon. Alyssa has already tasted success by winning four provincial awards and plans to keep making an impact. The dream is to continue growing the business with a goal of owning and operating multiple mobile stores to reach as many happy customers as possible by next summer!

Moment of Reflection

Alyssa offers plenty of encouraging words for those interested in entrepreneurship. “I want the youth in my area to know that you are never too young to become an entrepreneur and turn your ideas into a business.” As Alyssa has shown, a great idea can become something bigger!

You can purchase Alyssa’s fantastic treats by visiting her on Facebook and Instagram at @candytreasuresbyalyssa

Thank you for sharing your story, Alyssa – your Youth Ventures family wishes you all the best in everything you do in the future!

Stay tuned for the next Success Story. Until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!