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Youth Ventures empowers students aged 12-29 to start their own business.
Do you have a great idea? Do you have the passion and drive to be your own boss? We can help!

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Discovering an idea

Discovering a business idea that fits your skills and personal goals.

Business planning

Creating a detailed business plan to guide you as you grow.

Marketing direction

Marketing direction and materials to get your business noticed.

Financial advice

Financial advice and support in getting your business up and running.

Hiring employees

Determining when and what employees to hire.

Mentorship

Constant advice and support from an experienced mentor.

So, are you ready to bring your business idea to life?

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Makin’ Lemonade with Josh from Art Connection

Makin’ Lemonade is our new blog series where we interview Youth Ventures participants on what inspired them to start their business, their biggest challenges, their successes and their dreams for their ventures.

Today we are chatting with Josh Nolan from Art Connection based in Red Bay, NL.

What is your business name?

Art Connection

Tell us about your business.

I am a self made entrepreneur that turned my talent into a local business. I hand paint mostly Newfoundland and Labradors related culture. I have also turned to designing T-Shirts and hoodies with catchy logos. 

Why did you start your business?

Entrepreneurship runs through my veins. My Father, once being a business man had a successful company. I always had a take leadership attitude in most situations. 

How did Youth Ventures help?

Youth Ventures helped me advertise my company. I was featured in the Northern Pen newspaper which surfed all over social media.

What is your dream for your venture?

My dream is in the making. I am working towards having my own building where my business will be located.

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

I get a thrill when I work hard and see great progress.

 

What were the greatest challenges in getting started?

Stock. When you run out of stock and have orders, you are anxiously waiting for stock to arrive to get your customer’s orders completed.

What has been your biggest success so far?

My biggest success so far I would only have to say is opening my own business. You cannot expect to become a millionaire over night. You have to spend money to make money and that will pay off.

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?

Believe in what you want. Work hard towards your goals.

What’s next for your business?

Adding new merchandise!

How can people buy your products?

I am found on Facebook “Art Connection“. 

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If you are interested in starting your own business this summer, Youth Ventures can help! Head to our website to get started today.

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Bradley Mahar – CBDC Nortip

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Bradley Mahar who is based at CBDC Nortip.

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What’s your name?

Bradley Mahar

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Nortip – Plum Point

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Sports
Hiking
Traveling

What’s your favourite movie?

Give me a good horror or comedy and I’m all set!

What is your favourite band?

Imagine Dragons

What is your favourite restaurant?

2 Doors Down – Halifax

Do you have any pets?

Hopefully someday!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Having the creativity and drive to turn a hobby or opportunity into profit.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Turo (The AirBnB of cars): Search and rent cars from real people, not rental companies
or car share services.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Having the opportunity to support youth in my local area create something they enjoy
and can make profitable.

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

High demand for lawn care services

Opportunities to capitalize off the many tourists that frequent the area during summer

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

Youth Ventures can provided all the information and support you require to run and
maintain a summer business. Through us you have access to all the informational and financial you may need give you jumpstart into success!

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Have an idea and create a solid business plan (We can help with that!)

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

You can contact me through email, phone, or just drop into my office to chat. Also if you
see me out and about the community so not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.
Bradley Mahar
Regional Youth Ventures Coordinator
CBDC Nortip
Main Street
Plum Point,NL
A0K 4A0
(709)247-2232 ext.228
nortip@youthventuresnl.com

Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Kelsey Clarke – CBDC Gateway

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Kelsey Clarke who is based at CBDC Gateway.

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What’s your name?

Kelsey Clarke

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Gateway

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Hanging out with friends, camping in the summer, talking my dog for walks, cooking and baking.

What’s your favourite movie?

27 Dresses!

What is your favourite band?

Lady Antebellum

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a dachshund (wiener dog)

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means taking a hobby, interest or idea and turning it into a profitable venture. As well, teaching you skills to last a lifetime during the duration of your business venture.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

The coolest business I’ve heard of in PAB would be selling deep-fried mars bar! First time I tried them was here in town and they are a tasty treat

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am looking forward to a busy summer full of Youth Venture participants starting awesome businesses.

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

The Scott’s Cove kiosks are interesting because they offer a perfect location for people to sell their products to locals and tourists. Especially for students because they are only open in the summer.

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

Youth Ventures is an awesome summer program that gives youth an opportunity to become their own boss! Not only make money from the venture of their choice, it helps them become involved in the community and build contacts for future endeavours.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

The most important aspect of starting a business would completing a business plan. A business plan is like a road map for businesses. It outlines where they need to go, how to get there and gives them a good strategy to start with.

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

Kelsey Clarke

Regional Coordinator

Youth Ventures Program

(709) 695-7406

gateway@youthventuresnl.com

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Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Cathy Payne – Town Council of Parsons Pond

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Cathy Payne who is based at the Town Council of Parsons Pond.

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What’s your name? 

Cathy Payne

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?  

Town of Parsons Pond

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Reading & Travelling

What’s your favourite movie? 

Grease

What is your favourite band? 

Journey

What is your favourite restaurant?  

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets? 

1 dog & 2 cats

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?  

Taking a risk and starting your own business

What is the coolest business you heard of?  

East Coast Lifestyle

What are you looking forward to most this summer?  

Working with students

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

Crafts, babysitting, lawncare

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

We are here to help you 100%

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

You’ll never know unless you give it a try

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

Town of Parsons Pond

P.O. Box 39

Parsons Pond, NL

A0K 3Z0

709-243-2744

redochre@youthventuresnl.com

Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Amanda Barney – Strait of Belle Isle CYN

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Amanda Barney who is with the Strait of Belle Isle CYN.

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What’s your name? 

Amanda Barney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Labrador Straits (L’Anse au Loup)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Hiking, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Quading, spending time with my three children J

What’s your favourite movie?

Any chick flick

What is your favourite band? 

Bon Jovi is timeless!

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets?

A six year old Brittany Spaniel named Barney

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

There is no better work arrangement than to be your own boss!  With the right level of commitment, the sky is the limit!

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Any business is cool when someone takes a hobby or an interest and transforms it into a prosperous venture!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am looking forward to helping students start up their own business and watch them make their dreams become reality.  I am anticipating a very successful summer!

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

There is a strong tourism industry in the Labrador Straits.  Businesses in the arts and crafts usually seem to do well in this industry.  Examples include: knitted goods, crafts made with local products (rock, driftwood, etc.), and paintings and pictures of NL scenery.  The whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador has an aging population so I see that service type businesses would be very successful as well.  These include: housekeeping, car wash, yard work, dog walker, etc.

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

Youth Ventures is a great program that can provide the necessary support, resources, training and counseling to potential new business owners.  This program fosters entrepreneurship in our youth and helps to shape them into leaders of tomorrow.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Business opportunities are endless but starting your own business takes a huge level of time, resources and dedication.

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

Amanda Barney

Youth Ventures Regional Coordinator

Community Youth Network

PO Box 256

L’Anse Au Loup, NL A0K 3L0

Phone: 709.927.7912

Email: southernlabrador@youthventuresnl.com

Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Jeremy Saunders – CBDC Long Range

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Jeremy Saunders who is based in CBDC Long Range.

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What’s your name?

Jeremy Saunders

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Long Range – Stephenville

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Guitar, piano, photography, graphic design, writing, weightlifting, judo & BJJ

What’s your favourite movie(s)?

Swingers / American Psycho

What is your favourite band(s)?
Top 3: Sturgill Simpson, Mac Demarco, Lights

What is your favourite restaurant?

Wingin’ It

 What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Independence. Being able to do what you want on your own terms is the ultimate freedom.

What is the coolest business you’ve heard of?

There’s a shop in Massachusetts that’s basically a ‘community brewery’. You can walk in and basically brew your own beer to your liking. Kind of like Harvey’s, but for beer.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Travel. I had a chance to see places of the island I hadn’t seen before last summer, I’m excited to see it again.

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

There is lots to do this summer, but the best thing that youth could take advantage of this summer is The Friendly Invasion festivities in July and August. Anywhere large amounts of people are gathered is a chance to make money.

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

They need to know that Youth Ventures was created to help them succeed. The best thing is to see young people thrive doing what they excel at and ultimately that they can make opportunities for themselves instead of waiting for one to come along. The beauty of Youth Ventures is that we don’t run the business for you, but we provide the tools as we watch you build it.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

It’s not rocket science. Many people are nervous or scared to start something for themselves, for various reasons. Whatever that reason is, just realize that we’re all just people. If you fail, you try again. If you succeed, well, keep doing what works at that point in time. We live in a time in history where it’s easier than ever to start something, and the world is yours for the taking if you’re willing to put in the work.

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

Jeremy Saunders

Regional Coordinator

CBDC Long Range

35 Carolina Avenue

Stephenville, NL  A2N 3P8

longrange@youthventuresnl.com

Phone: (709) 643-1231

Fax: (709) 643-6004

Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Emily Balsom – Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Emily Balsom who is based at the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce.

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What’s your name?

Emily Balsom

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Shopping, traveling, hanging out with friends

What’s your favourite movie?

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies

What is your favourite band?

Metric

What is your favourite restaurant?

Taco Bell

Do you have any pets?

I used to have a dog named Missy J

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Taking control and starting your own business. Being confident and independent

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Kono Pizza (Pizza cone food truck)

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Hiking and cabin trips with my friends

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

Anything involving tourism (“Come from Away” will bring a lot of tourists this year)

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

You make it what you want. It can be short term, long term, a new idea, or something

that has been done many times before.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

You don’t need to start something completely new and unique to be successful. Anyone can take a common idea or service and turn it into something great.

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

They can come see me at:

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

109 Trans-Canada Highway

Gander, NL  A1V 1P6

They can email me at gander@youthventuresnl.com or call (709) 256-4794. They can also check out the website http://www.youthventuresnl.com/get-started/

Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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Program Updates

Makin’ Lemonade with Youth Ventures

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This season, we’ve had the pleasure of working with DC Design House on our new campaign “Makin’ Lemonade with Youth Ventures”. It’s part of our t-shirts, commercials and social media but what does it mean?

Makin’ Lemonade is a concept reminiscent of a traditional first business run by young people – a lemonade stand. Since we help young entrepreneurs start and run their first businesses, it’s a perfect allegory!

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To us, makin’ lemonade means working hard, getting out there and hustlin’. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

If you have an idea you’re passionate about, get in touch with Youth Ventures and let us help you bring it to life.

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Awards

Each year Youth Ventures, with the support of our amazing sponsors, has the privilege of giving out awards to young entrepreneurs who have made an outstanding effort throughout the duration of the program.

See the 2016 Winners

Thanks to our partners

CBDC

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

ACOA

Government of Canada