Makin’ Lemonade

Makin’ Lemonade with Jenna from Dimmer’s Dynamic Salon

Makin' Lemonade

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 Jenna from Dimmer’s Dynamic Salon based in Marystown, NL.

Jenna Dimmer

 

 

What is your business name?

My business name is Dimmer’s Dynamic Salon.

Tell us about your business.

My business is a hair salon and day spa.  I currently have one employee other than myself.  We offer services such as colours, cuts, foils, highlights, men’s cuts, finger nail polish, shellac (fingers and toes), gel nails, pedicures, and waxing’s.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business in 2015.  For two years before this date I worked for a lady and ran her salon while she was on maternity leave so I knew all the ins and outs of it before I started which made me even more determined.

How did Youth Ventures help?

I started my business before knowing about Youth Ventures, but since I joined Youth Ventures has helped me advertise, provided me with gift cards/business cards. Last year when I won the Financial Management Award from Youth Ventures it also helped me because I used the award money for new products and tools for the salon.

What is your dream for your venture?

My dream for my venture is to eventually expand my salon. I want to move locations in the coming years so that I have the room to expand. Adding more chairs and more rooms will give me an opportunity to take in more clientele and hire more employees.

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

I enjoy the flexibility of owning my own business the most.  I can have a day off when I need it, I can work what hours I wish.  It allows me to be more accommodating to clients as well because I don’t “have” to be closed or open by a certain time.

What were the greatest challenges in getting started?

The greatest challenges in getting started was straightening up all the legal work that was necessary. I needed a business number, business permit, a business account with the bank along with a debit machine, and business insurance.

What has been your biggest success so far?

My biggest success so far would have to be hiring a good employee.  I am having a baby so I was going to need some time off, so I hired an employee at the beginning of March to give my clients time to get used to her while I was taking some time off work.  She brought a lot of new clientele with her which helped in expanding my business as well. Now she is running my business for me while I am on maternity leave and all my clients are happy which makes me happy and relieved.

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?

My only advice would be not to give up.  Sometimes it gets hard, tricky, or confusing but in the end it all works out.  If you want to start a business, do it! If it doesn’t work out, that’s fine too but you’ll never know if you don’t try.

What’s next for your business?

As I said earlier, I wish to expand my business. I would like a bigger place for the salon so that I can hire more employees and offer more services.  My plan is to start enquiring about bigger locations when I am back to work in about a year.

How can people buy your products or book your services?

People can buy my products by dropping into the salon. (18-24 Queen Street, Marystown.) To book services you could call the salon phone. (709-279-5999) Or contact via Facebook. (Dimmer’s Dynamic Salon)

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To learn more about what Youth Ventures can do for you, check out our website http://www.youthventuresnl.com/get-started/.

Makin’ Lemonade with Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod

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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 Cora and Devyn from Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod based in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

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What is your business name?

Cakes By Two Peas In A Pod

Tell us about your business.

We create unique and delicious custom cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. We have our own invention, Cake Truffles. It is cake mixed in with buttercream and covered in chocolate. They are our bestsellers.

Why did you start your business?

Our business started with the love of baking and cooking. We were always making treats for friends and family and decided to share our talent with everyone. Enjoying what you do while making people happy is an amazing feeling.

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How did Youth Ventures help?

Youth Venture is an amazing program. They give you advice on how to contain orders and get publicity. Also giving you opportunities to sell your products such as town events, fundraisers and farmers markets. They are helping us a lot. Every few weeks we have a meeting and discuss what we want to do and upcoming events.

What is your dream for your venture?

Our dream is to someday open up our own restaurant called Two Peas In A Pod and Bakery. We’ve always had an interest in cooking and baking unique creations. We also want to open up a barbecue style restaurant called Eat like a Hogg with two g’s after our last name.

Tell us about you experience with competing in the Skills Canada competitions. 

Competing in the Skills Canada competitions was an amazing experience. We got to meet other very talented chefs and share our experiences with each other. It was great knowing when we talked to them they knew what we were talking about. Sometimes kids don’t have a clue what julienned vegetables mean, or what gum paste is. Thanks to one person we were inspired to participate in Skills Canada. Emma Power is an alumni Skills Canada participant. She inspired us to create our own business like she did, she had a cake baking business when she was our age. While participating with Skills Canada she accomplished great things. She is a role model, teacher and great friend. Skills Canada definitely inspired our cooking adventure. We got to meet some of the best chefs in St. Johns. 2 years before we entered in Skills Canada, we participated in a kids cooking camp in P.E.I. at the Holland College. We learned how to cook cuisine from all over the world. We look forward to competing with Skills Canada again this fall.

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What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

Honestly, the best thing is knowing you own it, that it’s yours. Having the responsibility of maintaining it is a great experience for kids our age. Sometimes, it gets stressful, but it only makes us stronger. We always have each other’s backs. We are lucky we have each other.

What were the greatest challenges in getting started?

Going into it, we knew cake supplies would be expensive, but once we started we didn’t make a lot of money due to costs. We would go through about 5 blocks of butter a week, sometimes 10. Boxes, cake boards, cupcake boxes and supplies are extremely expensive. We know this year being our first year we won’t make as much as we would if it were our third year. Getting started was very stressful but we are happy it’s over. We are now stocked up on everything, but essential baking needs will never be stocked up. Having Emma give us her cake supplies was a huge advantage and got us off to a good start.

What has been you biggest success so far?

Seeing how many people have been supporting us and our business and learning something while improving with every cake we do is our biggest success. We went from just our parent’s friends knowing about our business to all of Grand Falls.

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?

We would say that doing what you love is the most important things. If you don’t like what you are doing, you won’t enjoy it. Having someone to look up to is great. Always know that school comes first. You have to manage your time wisely. If you have a dream it’s important to get good grades so you can go to the university you want to after high school. It’s hard for us to turn down orders due to exams, but they respect that we know school comes first. It shows a sense of maturity.

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What’s next for your business?

We are hoping our birthday parties will be a hit, and are looking forward to attending farmers markets and events. By the end of this year we hope to accomplish over 100 orders. We are already half way there.

How can people buy or book your services?

People can buy our products by Facebook messaging or emailing cakesbytwopeasinapod@gmail.com. If you would like to book one of our birthday parties, people will have to email us.

Email address: cakesbytwopeasinapod@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coradevyn/

Check out Cora and Devyn’s interview with CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/devyn-cora-hogg-bakery-cakes-1.4247812

To learn more about what Youth Ventures can do for you, check out our website http://www.youthventuresnl.com/get-started/.

Makin’ Lemonade with Colby from Colby’s Odd Jobs & Lawn Care

Makin' Lemonade

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 Colby from Colby’s Odd Jobs based in Gambo, NL.

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What is your business name?

Colby’s Odd Jobs and Lawn Care.

Tell us about your business.

My business is just starting up this year. I will be offering lawn care or anything from taring a driveway to cleaning a house.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I am not the type that wants to laze around the house all day, so this would give me something to do during summer. I also started my business to make a little bit of money for myself.

How did Youth Ventures help?

Youth Ventures helped me my making business cards and shirts to help.

What is your dream for your venture?

My dream for my venture would be to grow up and extend on my little business that I have started now.

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

I enjoy dealing with the paper work, money and very much enjoy helping people out around town. At the end of the day I love everything I do.

What were the greatest challenges in getting started?

Some of the things that were hard for me to over come at first was spending money on new equipment and having to pay back money. Also trying to get a good for the business.

What has been your biggest success so far?

My biggest success so far would be paying off my equipment and getting a good name.

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?

My advice is to do something different and put your mind and work ethic into it.

What’s next for your business?

The next thing for my business is to get more and more work lined up so I don’t have to work. Also to get top of the line equipment.

How can people buy your products or book your services?

People can contact me and say can you come look at my lawn for me.

You can contact Colby from the following below:

Email Address: Colbyjacobp@icloud.com

Instagram: Colby Dewalt

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To learn more about what Youth Ventures can do for you, check out our website http://www.youthventuresnl.com/get-started/.