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23rd Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs

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  -“23rd Annual Youth Ventures Awards Celebrates NL’s Young Entrepreneurs”-
Youth Ventures Newfoundland & Labrador hosts its biggest event of the year to recognize the outstanding achievements of youth entrepreneurs in the province.

– Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador hosted its 23rd Annual Youth Ventures Awards recognizing the growing trend of youth business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador. The event is dedicated to celebrating the tremendous success of young entrepreneurs and future leaders of our province while promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option for youth. In its 28 years of operation, Youth Ventures has helped 7,150 entrepreneurs start 4,665 businesses by providing advice on idea development, business planning, marketing direction and financial advice.

During the virtual event, six young entrepreneurs were awarded for their entrepreneurial excellence as well as Star Coordinator.

Emerging Entrepreneur
Emily Hewlett – Sweet Tails and Treats, Grand Falls-Windsor
Sponsored by Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs

Excellence in Marketing
Alex Antle – Bunchberry Beadwork, Corner Brook
Sponsored by Commonwealth Pharmasave

Excellence in Customer Service

Alyssa Barrett – Candy Treasures by Alyssa, Old Perlican
Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)
Shana Brown – Perfect Picks, Whiteway
Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Excellence in Arts & Tourism
Luke Hudson, Owen Hudson – Cookie Bosses, Pinware
Sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

Trailblazer of the Year
Cahley Warren – Stowaway Succulents, Carbonear
Sponsored by iDesign Ltd.

Star Coordinator
Sofia Kabir – CBDC Long Range

“Being a business owner is an important life skill that all youth should learn. It teaches the value of supporting local businesses and how entrepreneurship can help shape a province. This year’s delivery was unique for the delivery sites and even more so for the new participants that joined the program,” said Roseanne Leonard, Managing Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs.  “Yet we still saw a creative, resilient group of new business owners that had no issues with facing a challenge.”

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), contributed $280,684 towards the delivery of the Youth Ventures Program this year.

“Young entrepreneurs play a critical in the future of our economy – their talent, skills, energy and ingenuity are key to its success,” said the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. “More than ever, we need to help our young innovators pursue their passions and play a role in our economic recovery.  Congratulations to all outstanding award winners for your hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial drive, and best of luck in the future.”

The Provincial Government, through Service Agreements for Youth and Students, provided $95,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs, in support of this year’s Youth Ventures Program.

“Every year the Youth Ventures program enables young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to harness their talents and skills to start their own business. By providing guidance and support at every step of the process, Youth Ventures encourages youth to explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Their fresh outlook and innovative business ideas will help create new employment opportunities right here at home,” said the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

Youth Ventures is a program presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs that promotes entrepreneurship as a primary career option for youth in Newfoundland & Labrador. Youth Ventures employs Regional Coordinators across the province to foster youth business development.


For more information, please contact Robyn Evans:

Cell: Roseanne Leonard – 709-691-5530