2016 Awards


2016 Venture of the Year

This award is given to the business that was overall the most successful and well established business of that year. This business is quite visible, profitable, well known and the participant usually works full time. The nature of the business usually has the potential for longevity.


Sponsored by CBDC

2016 Excellence in Financial Management

This award is given to a business with outstanding financial record keeping. The nomination materials should show how the business owner used any profit, repaid loans or ran a cost effective business.


Sponsored by BDC

2016 Excellence in Marketing

This award will be given to the business that used outstanding marketing to develop the business’s brand. Creativity in attracting customers and determining pricing are examples of excellent marketing initiatives.

Sponsored by Event3Sixty

2016 Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)

This award will go to a business owned by a youth, 17 years and under, who has experienced significant achievement during the current year and stands out amongst the crowd. By reading the application, the judges should get a good understanding of what makes this particular business different and exceptional.


Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

Jessica House, Owner of Jessica's Goodies

2016 Excellence in Customer Service

This award will go to the business that is outstanding in going over and above what is required in the area of customer service. In this award both letters of support should come from customers.  This business usually promotes customer service as the cornerstone to its success.

Sponsored by Wedgewood Insurance

Justine Anderson, Owner of Wild Flower Company

2016 Excellence in Product Design

This award will be given to a business that shows unique talent in the craft or artistic ability of their product. The ability to create a unique product which is difficult to copy will be regarded highly for this award.


Sponsored by I Design

Makenna Patey, Owner of Makenna's Jams and Pies

2016 Excellence in Arts and Tourism

Businesses eligible for this category delivery a product or service in the visual and performing arts or cater to the culture and tourism industry. Businesses should demonstrate what makes them unique and how they excel in their industry.


Sponsored by Hospitality NL

2016 Star Coordinator

This award goes to the Site Coordinator that has shown initiative and outstanding efforts in delivery of Youth Ventures in their area. This nomination should be completed by a staff member of the Delivery Site and should outline all activities that the Coordinator undertook to better serve their participants. Activities should include any combination of the following: creative marketing activities that generate awareness of the program, exceptional dedication to solving participant issues, achievement of two out of three Site Goals, etc. This nomination should consist of a letter of support and proof of achievements.


Jennifer Bennett, Mentor of the Year

2016 Mentor of the Year

This award is given to an individual from the community that has shown tremendous support to one or more Youth Ventures participants. This Mentor respects students’ ambitions and helps them achieve their goals. He/she actively guides the YV participants in their decisions and provides a good model of professionalism. This award will require a letter of support from either the Site Coordinator or another staff member, and a letter of support from a participant.

NL Government

Sponsored by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Join us at the 2017 Event!

The 20th Annual Youth Ventures Awards will take place Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at the Manuels River Interpretation Center, Conception Bay South starting at 3pm!

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