Meet Your Coordinator: Alicia Ivany – Metro Business Opportunities


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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10 Characteristics of Entrepreneurs


Do you feel a desire to carve your own career path? Do you have a drive to be your own boss?

Well maybe you have the potential to be a very successful entrepreneur!

We’ve made a list of characteristics that most successful entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and many more, share.

Here are 10 popular characteristics of Entrepreneurs:

1 –    Passionate

You need to be driven by a clear sense of purpose for your business to succeed. Become an entrepreneur so you can spend every day at work doing something you enjoy.

2 –    Think/Plan for the future

Plan plan plan! Plan for the things you have to do this week, or month. Have a timeline made that outlines your goals. Remember to keep your working area and your head organized so that things are done efficiently and on time.

3 –    Be Resilient

More often than not, entrepreneurs will receive criticism and doubt about their ideas. It is important to channel that negative energy and turn it into advice and thrive from it.

After all, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozinak, pitched his first computer idea to HP and was rejected 6 times. Now look how far Apple has come.

4 –    High Sense of Self Worth

If you don’t have confidence in yourself and your ideas, than who will? Remember to tell yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind too. The sky is the limit! It is also important to note that entrepreneurs feel insecure sometimes too; after all, we’re all humans. Use any insecurities to drive yourself to accomplish your dreams.

Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran group and co-star on dragons den, said “those who are nervous about failing can become hyper-focused on success.”

5 –    Ability to Sell

This is a necessary trait to posses when entering the business world. If you are an entrepreneur and you want to succeed, then you must be able to sell your product or service to the best of your abilities. You need to be convincing and finish a sale. Research ways to pitch your business, work on your elevator pitch, and always be prepared.

6 –     Balanced

As an entrepreneur you need to balance work, social life, healthy lifestyle and everything all at once. You need to know when a battle is worth winning, when to walk away from a failure, and when to go home for a good night rest.

7 –      Decisive

When starting a business there are a lot of questions that will arise. Who am I selling to? What price is product worth to people? Should I follow this route or a different one? You are constantly going to have to make decisions that will greatly impact your business. Weigh the pros and cons and then choose. Be confident in your decisions and try to make smart moves and stick with it.

8 –       Fearless

This is a big one for entrepreneurs. You need to learn to take risks and be fearless. If you are constantly thinking about how you couldn’t possibly do something because of the repercussions than you won’t reach the great entrepreneurial success you are dreaming of!

You have to risk everything, money, free time, other people’s opinions of you, and much more. If you truly believe in yourself and your product/service than you will make the risks and either live your dream or learn from your mistakes and try again.

9 –       Childish

 Approach your day with childlike wonderment, faith, and curiosity. Entrepreneurs are like kids in candy stores; nothing is off limits and everything is theirs for the taking.

10 –      Financially Prepared

Business start up is never usually cheap. It is important to think about how you will finance your business along with your everyday life expenses.


Do you have what it takes?