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.
What’s your name?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!
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.