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From the world of youth entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador

Meet Your Coordinator: Jeremy Saunders – CBDC Long Range

Meet Your Coordinator

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.

Jeremy Saunders

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: Emily Balsom – Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet Your Coordinator

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.

EMILY

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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Makin’ Lemonade with Youth Ventures

Program Updates

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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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Meet Your Coordinator: Jane Cleary – CBDC Trinity Conception

Meet Your Coordinator

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 Jane Cleary who is with CBDC Trinity Conception.

JANE

What’s your name?

Jane Cleary

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Trinity Conception

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Cooking

What’s your favourite movie?

13 Going On 30!

What is your favourite band?

I love so many genres it’s impossible to pick a favourite band!

What is your favourite restaurant?

The Stone Jug in Carbonear… they have the BEST pizza!

Do you have any pets?

I have 3 dogs and 2 cats!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Taking a passion or an opportunity and turning it into a business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I think that Bark Buddy is really cool! It’s done like a dating site but it matches people with dogs that need homes!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Getting out to events with participants helping them get their businesses known!

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

There are tons of opportunities in the Trinity Conception! I definitely see a need for dog walkers and babysitters.

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

Youth in NL should know that if they have any interest in starting their own business Youth Ventures is an awesome program that they should join to get the most out of their business. We’re here to help!

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

Although unique business ideas are awesome, they are not necessary for starting your own business. As long as you’re dedicated and willing to learn you have the opportunity to be successful.

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

I can be reached by email at trinity@youthventuresnl.com or by phone at (709) 596-3052. I am located in the CBDC Trinity Conception office in Suite 101, Croke Building, 21 Industrial Crescent

Carbonear, NL, A1Y 1A5

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: Alicia Ivany – Metro Business Opportunities

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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 Alicia Ivany who is based out of Metro Business Opportunities.

Alicia Ivany

What’s your name?

Alicia Ivany

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Metro Business Opportunities (MBO)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

  • Helping others
  • Walking / Hiking / Adventuring
  • Traveling
  • Dancing
  • Making a change. Making a difference.
  • Planning and organizing literally anything and everything. Events, vacations, weekend plans, what to have for supper, etc. (lol)

What’s your favourite movie?

Don’t really have a favourite movie – as for tv though, I love Prison Break, Friends, Pretty Little Liars, and Riverdale.

What is your favourite band?

Don’t really have a favourite band. I love all different types of music though – anything I can dance to.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Hmmm…… do I have to pick just one? Lol. I LOVE Piatto Pizzeria, but if I had to pick something we didn’t have here it would be Olive Garden ALL the way!

Do you have any pets?

Yes. 2 puppies – Lacey and Bailey.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means freedom. It means choice. It means support. It means making a difference and making a life for yourself that is on YOUR terms. It means taking the road less traveled. It means sharing something that you are passionate about with others and making a living off of it. It means breaking those glass ceilings. It means being successful in your own unique kind of way! It means adding something to the world that everyone can benefit from. It means being a leader not a follower. It means demonstrating the path to success and inspiring others to do the same. And, it means facing obstacles and challenges head on and always coming out on the other side!

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Honestly, I think every business is cool and unique in its own way because everyone always puts their own twist on it. However, I did presentations at a school and I asked the kids to give me a cool business idea that would solve one of their problems. They suggested something to push the bottom of a Pringles can up so your hand doesn’t get stuck in the can. This is SO clever!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

This summer, I look forward to working with local entrepreneurs and watching them grow. I think my favorite part is seeing their growth from the beginning of the summer to the end and how much more they start believing in themselves. I also just love to see how I can help – love meeting new people.

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

We have two partners doing lawn care and I think this is SO fitting. These days, people are so busy and hardly have any leisure time. This gives them one less thing they need to do. I also have someone who is doing personalized wood-burned items (coasters, key chains, cutting boards, etc.). She also hopes to do lessons and classes for people so they can make their own!

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

Youth in NL need to know that YV is here to help every step of the way and that they are never alone. It can be very scary to take that first step and actually start a business but we make it less-scary for them. The reason they see their friends who have had businesses with YV so successful is because YV pushes youth and motivates them to be their best. YV is a support system that provides them with anything they need to get their business up and running! Without YV, a lot of successful youth would have never started – and what a waste that would be!

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

People need to know that they CAN do it and it IS possible if they put their mind to it. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t… you’re right!” – I think this quote applies to entrepreneurship because it all starts with having that BELIEF.

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

People can come visit me at my office – 961 Topsail Road Mount Pearl, A1N 3K1. They can give me a call at 738-1626, or they can email me at aivany@mboc.ca.

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: Victoria Battcock – CBDC Celtic

Meet Your Coordinator

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 Victoria Battcock who is based out of CBDC Celtic.

VICTORIA

What’s your name?

Victoria Battcock

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Celtic in Ferryland

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

My hobbies include taking baths, volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada and doing makeup!

What’s your favourite movie?

My favourite movie is The School of Rock. I love Jack Black…

What is your favourite band?

My favourite band since I was younger has been One Republic but I am all about supporting local and right now, I love Rum Ragged’s music too!

What is your favourite restaurant?

My favourite restaurant is Quintana’s in St. John’s. Mexican food is the best!

Do you have any pets?

I have one dog! He is a yellow lab and his name is Ringo. He is named after Ringo Starr from the Beatles!

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me, entrepreneurship means not having to work for someone else and always being able to do your own thing. Part of people’s lives depend on their boss or their place of work and that’s what is so great about running your own business is that YOU decide what holidays you take and YOU create products/services that are suitable for what YOU have experienced. Entrepreneurship is so great and important in a sense that we need to help people start turning their bright ideas into their reality and their future!

What is the coolest business you heard of?

The coolest business I have ever heard of has been “Mochanopoly” in Downtown St. John’s because who doesn’t love the idea of having yummy coffee and playing board games in a cute little café.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

The thing I am most looking forward to this summer is helping the youth of my area generate business ideas and helping them promote their businesses. It is amazing to see kids bring unique ideas to the table and actually see all the steps unfold into a profitable business. I want to help bring confidence into the youth to transform their ideas into businesses.

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

Some interesting business opportunities that I can see approaching for my region definitely has something to do with the icebergs and the lighthouse here on the Southern Shore. The tourist industry is up and coming and with many festivals and events happening around here I expect to see a variety of opportunities arising from it.

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

The youth in NL need to understand that the Youth Ventures Coordinators are here to help you. We are not here to tell you if your idea is good or bad! We are here to take your great idea and make it even greater. This province has amazing coordinators that are knowledgeable and helpful and all you have to do is ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question!

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

The most important thing people of any age need to know about starting a business is to have patients. Things will not happen overnight but with some work and determination, things will work out. Yes, there are businesses that started with a bang but yours will too. It just may take a little longer to get started!

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

To reach me:

Stop by my office at CBDC Celtic, Ferryland, NL (located in the fisheries building)

Call me at (709) 432-2662

Email me at celtic@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: Vanessa Strugnell – Strait of Belle Isle CYN

Meet Your Coordinator

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 Vanessa Strugnell who is with the Strait of Belle Isle CYN.

Vanessa Strugnell

What’s your name?

Vanessa Strugnell

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

I live in Port Hope Simpson however my region is Lodge Bay- Cartwright.

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Boating, Ski Dooing, Fishing, Crocheting…

What’s your favourite movie?

Anything comedy… Melissa McCarthy’s movies are so funny!

What is your favourite band?

Anything country… I particularly like Train

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims

Do you have any pets?

No, not at the moment.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Owning your own business!! Find something you love or have a passion for and turn it into money…

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Oh my, I’m not sure, there are so many of them!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

To see lots of exciting businesses & attend all possible events/ festivals.

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

Anything that portrays our culture/ heritage, car wash, berry picker, photography, kiddie day camps, etc.

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

It’s an exciting program to be involved in, that we as Coordinators are here for them & will help them with their business in any way we can 😊

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

Don’t be afraid to take risks, research places that are out there to help offset costs, research its viability, etc.

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

PO Box 78

11 Airport Road

Port Hope Simpson, NL

Phone: (709) 960 0443

Email: southeasternaurora@youthventuresnl.ca

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: Dylan Wheaton – CBDC Central

Meet Your Coordinator

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 Dylan Wheaton who is based at CBDC Central.

DYLAN

What’s your name?

Dylan Wheaton

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Central

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Sports

Guitar

What’s your favourite movie?

Pulp Fiction

What is your favourite band?

The Eagles

AC/DC

Arctic Monkeys

What is your favourite restaurant?

Pizza Delight

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a cat.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To independently make money while doing something you’re passionate about.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Not the most original business but reading about Garrison Guitars is what inspired me to start playing guitar, so it’s cool to me.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Help turn youth’s ideas into a viable business opportunity.

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

Anything to do with elderly people, from home care, to deliveries, to computer lessons.

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

How beneficial it could be to a young entrepreneur and that it’s free.

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

If you are passionate enough, you can turn any business idea into profit.

You don’t need a business degree to start a business.

There are a lot of resources out there for young entrepreneurs

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

Email: central@youthventuresnl.com

Phone: 489 4496

On location: 10 Pinsent Drive, Grand Falls – Windsor, NL

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: Hilary Griffiths – CBDC Avalon West

Meet Your Coordinator

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 Hilary Griffiths who is based at CBDC Avalon West.

Hilary Griffiths

What’s your name?

Hilary Griffiths

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Avalon West

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I have so many hobbies it will be hard to list them all but some of the things I enjoy the most is figure skating, swimming, painting and spending time with friends and family!

What’s your favourite movie?

I have three favourite movies; The Parent Trap, Spice World (The Spice Girls Movie) and The Princess Diaries

What is your favourite band?

Unlike most people, Nickelback is actually one of my favourite bands.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet, hands down!

Do you have any pets?

Yes I do, I have a Pomeranian named Zoe, and a Chocolate Lab named Henry.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means to be being able to take risks when it comes to our own future and specifically your business. Entrepreneurship to me is someone who sees the potential for failure but goes for it anyway and gives it his or her all.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

One of the coolest businesses I have heard of and had the pleasure of working with was two girls who made fridge magnets and keychains out of perler beads.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am really looking forward to getting out into the community and chatting with all the people I met last year as well as meeting new and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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

I think the Avalon West region has many business opportunities in just day to day things, like lawn mowing and odd jobs but I also see great potential in anything geared towards tourists due to the Argentia Ferry.

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

Youth in NL need to know the program allows you to be independent. Being able to earn money doing something you love or are good at is such a better feeling than working for someone else.

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

They need to know that it is fun, it is definitely hard work, but it is fun. Owning and operating your own business means, you will always face challenges and it will involve taking risks but it is important to stay determined.

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

It’s easy! Just stop by my office, 1-5 O’Reilly Street or email at avalonwest@youthventuresnl.com to arrange an appointment.

Hilary Griffiths

Regional Coordinator

CBDC Avalon West

P.O. Box 419

Placentia, NL A0B 2Y0

Phone: (709)227-2084

Email: avalonwest@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: Alicia Lilly – Harbour Breton Community Youth Network

Meet Your Coordinator

Today in our “Meet Your Coordinator” series, we are interviewing Alicia Lilly, your regional Youth Ventures Coordinator who is based at Harbour Breton Community Youth Network.

What’s your name?

Alicia Lilly

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

South Coast

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Reading, scrapbooking

What’s your favourite movie?

Annie

What is your favourite band?

The Band Perry

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

A person who takes initiative in creating their own business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Below Zero

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Helping youth with their businesses

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

Delivery business, babysitting, dog walking, yard maintenance

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

We are here to HELP !!

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

Go for it,  the help you need is available !

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

Harbour Breton Community Youth Network

24-26 Canada Drive

P.O Box 358

Harbour Breton, NL

A0H1P0

southcoast@youthventuresnl.com

(709)885 3180

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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