Makin’ Lemonade with Camp Ohana


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 Jessie, Madison and Vinn from Camp Ohana based in Corner Brook, NL.


What is your business name?

Camp Ohana

Tell us about your business.

Coming June 2018, the first LGBTQ+ summer camp in Western Newfoundland run by youth for youth, for members of the community, and alies alike! This camp will be a great opportunity to meet other youth in the community, learn how to be more involved in the community, and have fun doing it!

Why did you start your business?

We decided to start Camp Ohana due to the lack of resources and support in Western Newfoundland for the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of St. John’s there are no camps like the one we will be hosting!

How did Youth Ventures help?

Youth Ventures believes in us and what we can do. They have helped us make connections with people we would have never met otherwise!

What is your dream for your venture?

Our dream is to see youth empowered in all aspects of their lives and their communities. We hope that Camp Ohana can help provide them with a foundation to become leaders in their own communities.

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

We love being able to be the change we want to see!

What were the greatest challenges in getting started?

Financial aid has been our greatest challenge. We hope to charge a reasonable price so that all youth have the opportunity to attend Camp Ohana.

What has been your biggest success so far?

Our biggest success has been our media coverage. We appreciate the help that local radio stations and newspapers have given us.


Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?

Don’t let anything hold you back! If you have a good idea, then go for it!

What’s next for your business?

Fundraisers to help us lower our costs for youth who wish to attend Camp Ohana!

Applications will be available January 1st, 2018. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information!


Check out Camp Ohana’s feature in The Western Star: http://www.thewesternstar.com/news/local/2017/7/24/west-coast-trio-developing-a-summer-camp-for-lgbtq–youth.html

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

2017 Youth Ventures Award Winners – 20th Annual Youth Ventures Awards


2017 Award Winners

On August 10th, 2017, Youth Ventures celebrated the 20th Annual Youth Ventures Awards, presented by the CBDC. During this afternoon event, young entrepreneurs were recognized for their excellence throughout the summer program. 2017 was an amazing year for many youth in our province and we’re ecstatic to be part of their entrepreneurial journey. To learn more about the amazing, young entrepreneurs thriving in this province, check out their businesses below!

2017 Venture of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Venture of the Year, sponsored by NL Association of CBDCs, is Jenna Dimmer.

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.

Jenna Dimmer has created a full service Salon in the heart of Marystown on the Burin Peninsula. The 23 year old provides high quality hair cuts for men, women, and children, colors, highlights, foils, waxings, manicures, pedicures, and more. Her one stop shop salon is build around the concept of customer service. Jenna has displayed growth, passion, positivity, and great business skills over the past two years that she has been involved with Youth Ventures.


Sponsored by CBDC

2017 Excellence in Financial Management

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Financial Management, sponsored by BDC – Business Development Bank of Canada, is Alyssa Barrett and Karlie Squires.

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.

Alyssa & Karlie are the owners of A&K Candy Boutique, a full service Candy Bouquet creator in Old Perlican. In 2016 Alyssa & Karlie joined the Youth Ventures program to pursue their dream of operating their own business. In just two short summers they have amassed a large and growing customer base which they go above and beyond to satisfy. Alyssa & Karlie’s financial management skills have also been outstanding throughout the entirety of the summer. Their book keeping abilities since opening their business have been impeccable, which in turn makes for outstanding financial management.


Sponsored by BDC

2017 Excellence in Marketing

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Marketing, sponsored by Event 3Sixty, is Steven Ryan and Ephraim Messele.

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.

Ephraim and Steven are business students at the College of the North Atlantic and owners of The Convenience Crew. The Convenience Crew ‘s great marketing and customer service has allowed them to grow to a company of 5 employees in just a few short months. Ephraim and Steven know their customers and use creative ways to reach them. Their marketing strategy includes the use of Kijiji Ads, Door Hangers, Branded T-Shirts, and social media. They have also been on OZFM’s Morning Rush. The Convenience Crew’s skilled marketing strategy has been key in their success.

Sponsored by Event3Sixty


2017 Outstanding Venture (17 years and under)

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Outstanding Venture (17 years and under), sponsored by Newfoundland Power Inc., is Cody Green.

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.

Cody has created a unique business of up-cycling used guitar strings into jewelry. His knack for networking has allowed him to acquire used strings from music stores such as Long & McQuade and O’Brien’s Music. Cody’s products are now available for purchase at O’Brien’s Music in St. Johns and Ocean View Art Gallery in Carbonear. Its clear that Cody is a passionate entrepreneur with a great business idea. He is currently taking custom orders and already has clients as far away as the Yukon.


Sponsored by Newfoundland Power

2017 Excellence in Customer Service

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Customer Service, sponsored by Jungle Jim’s, is Cora Hogg and Devyn Hogg.

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.

Cora & Devyn Hogg from Grand Falls – Windsor operate a custom bakery and specialty cake shop with an emphasis on being inclusive. They have a number of creative products including gluten free cake to allow people with a gluten intolerance to still enjoy their baking. Cora & Devyn’s focus on creating a wonderful customer experience has left good taste in the mouths of their clients. They have recently started offering a birthday party service where they teach birthday party guests how to decorate a cake. Repeat customers and testimonials have allowed their business to flourish.

Sponsored by Jungle Jim’s

2017 Trailblazer of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Trailblazer of the Year, sponsored by I Design Ltd., is Madison Dicks, Jessie Lawrence and Vinn Elliott.

This award will be given to a business that shows unique and forward thinking which leads the way for others whether it be a new method they implemented to achieve success in their business or as a new industry in their region.

Madison, Jessie, and Vinn are in the process of creating a LGBTQ+ summer camp for individuals in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Camp Ohana will invite youth participants ages 14-18 to learn and grow while enjoying the outdoors and making lifelong friends. These participants have spent the summer fundraising, promoting, and preparing their business for next summer when they plan to launch Camp Ohana.


Sponsored by I Design

2017 Excellence in Arts and Tourism

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Excellence in Arts & Tourism, sponsored by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, is Logan Belben.

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.

Logan operates his business Logan’s Labrador Souvenirs out of L’Anse au Loup. At only 11 years old Logan creates Labrador themed Roasting Sticks, Ice Fishing Poles, Welcome Signs, and Post Cards. He says it’s very important for people from all over the world to learn more about our great province and its culture. Logan is helping them do so through his work and has sold products to visitors from all over as well many local members in his community.


Sponsored by Hospitality NL


2017 Star Coordinator

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Star Coordinator is Emily Balsom.

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.

Emily has does an outstanding job delivering the Youth Ventures program in her area this year. Emily’s positive, go-getter attitude has allowed her to excel with the youth in her area. Emily has done an amazing job promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in her region.

2017 Mentor of the Year

The winner of the Youth Ventures award for Mentor of the Year, is John Smith.

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.

Mr. John Smith has a resume full of mentoring experience dating back to 2010 when he started mentoring underwater robotics for high school and junior high in the Conception Bay Area. Mr. John Smith currently serves as the executive director of the Conception Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as well he has many other Volunteer roles in his community. Despite his busy schedule John played an instrumental role in helping multiple youth businesses in his area succeed.

For more information, please contact Ashley Pomeroy at ashley.pomeroy@cbdc.ca or 745-4406.

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“. 


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

Makin’ Lemonade with Tanisha from Lady Bear Bow-tique


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 Tanisha from Lady Bear Bow-tique based in Marystown, NL.

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What is your business name?

Lady Bear Bow-tique.

Tell us about your business.

I offer baby hair accessories such as headbands, bows and clips. Also teething toys and nursing necklaces made from 100% all natural products.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I had a little girl and an obsession with baby headbands. There was no business on the peninsula that I knew of offering these products at the time.

How did Youth Ventures help?

Youth Ventures offered a lot of help with start up necessities like promotional products such as business cards and also advertising!

What is your dream for your venture?

My dream for my business is to be a house hold name for anyone in the area with little girls! My favorite thing is to see babies wearing my creations!

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

I enjoy working on my own time, at home, so I can still be available for all my kid’s activities.

What were the greatest challenges in getting started?

Getting your name out there when there are so many big box stores and online places to find similar products.

What has been your biggest success so far?

I’m now offering my products out of a new crafter’s consignment store in Marystown.

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?

The only person who can make your business succeed is you. It takes time. And social media is the best way to advertise and it’s free!

You can find me on Lady Bear Bow-tiques Facebook page or contact me via email tanishaholloway@hotmail.com or call 764-3647 for custom orders!

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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 Ava from Burin Seaside Slime


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 Ava from Burin Seaside Slime based in Marystown, NL.


What is your business name?

Burin Seaside Slime

Tell us about your business. 

My business is about textures, trying new things, being creative, and having fun! I experiment daily with new recipes (mixtures of glue, coloring, conditioner, creams, sparkles, texture beads etc.) to develop new products.

Why did you start your business?

My product was initially developed for children on the Autism Spectrum as a sensory tool, a way to help these children explore new textures through touch. Quickly I realized that all kids LOVED slime and that there were many other uses for slime, such as an exercise tool for individuals who have lost hand/ finger strength, as well as a great cleaning tool for small spaces for example keyboards or car controls.

My business started as a hobby because I love trying new things, and I especially love different textures; sticky, squishy, and fluffy. As I created Slime I began getting a lot of interest from my family and friends who thought that what I was developing was unique, I thought this was a great opportunity to share my hobby with others.

How did Youth Ventures help? 

Youth Ventures helped me with my branding. Lesleeanne created new logos; for posters, businesses cards, labels for my products and for my Instagram Page. Youth Ventures is helping promote my business to others.

What is your dream for your venture?

My Dream is to continue to grow my business. I want to show youth that “if you dream it, anything is possible”.

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business? 

What I enjoy most about my business is making the products and seeing the client’s faces when they try Slime for the first time.

What were  the greatest challenges in getting started?

My greatest challenge has been in perfecting the products. I’m pretty picky and I always want to ensure clients are getting the best product possible. I continually try new ingredients, measurements and quantity, mixtures to test better consistency of product.

What has been your biggest success so far? 

My biggest success so far has been the young girl who contacted me, when I was only 3 weeks in to my business venture, through my Instagram page. She said I inspired her to start her own business. I felt really good about helping another youth realize their dream.

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs? 

My advice for future entrepreneurs is that you are never to young to realize your dream, create a great idea and start a business. Hey, look at ME!

What’s next for your business? 

Next up for my business is to keep growing, marketing my product, and building new clients. Hoping some day soon to be able to sell online.

People can find Burin Seaside Slime on Instagram:


Email: seasideslime@gmail.com

To view and sample product at: Extreme Pita Burin



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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/.

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?