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Youth Ventures: Marystown Day equals payday for young entrepreneurs


Youth Ventures is almost over for the summer, but it doesnt mean that its slowing down! Last week, Youth Ventures helped six young entrepreneurs set up for the Marystown Day celebrations at the track and field.

Youth Ventures is almost over for the summer, but it doesnt mean that its slowing down!

Last week, Youth Ventures helped six young entrepreneurs set up for the Marystown Day celebrations at the track and field. The participants had also set up on Canada Day and were eager to learn from their mistakes and improve their business skills.

KIDtastic Babysitters, Victoria Barron and Kayla Whittle, spent the day painting childrens faces and showing parents how great they are with their kids! Its the girls second summer running KIDtastic Babysitters and they believe their experiences at the field have come in handy and will continue to do so.

Kelsey and Kerry Strowbridge, Caitlynn Harding and Samantha Warren were back again as well. They ran three businesses simultaneously: Slushilicious, Poppin Popcorn and Fantastic Faces enjoyed immense success, much more so then Canada Day, according to the girls.

In Kerrys words, Marystown Day was better than Canada Day [for our business] ... not with the amount of people or anything, but because we knew what to expect and we were more prepared for it.

So as you can see, the more someone works at their business the better they get at it!

A special thanks goes out to the Lil Dory Lounge, which provided Slushilicious with an industrial drink machine and made it easier for the girls to keep up with the high demand.

In addition to learning about supply and demand, the students learned about marketing and promotions.

For instance, Victoria and Kayla relocated their face-painting booth in order to become more visible to festival-goers. Kelsey, Kerry, Caitlynn and Samantha tried numerous initiatives. They brought their popcorns and slushies around in order to reach more people and put on special promotional prices for their popcorn in order to compete.

So as can be seen, a lot of valuable lessons came from opening these kiosks at the track and field one being the value of money.

Kerry exclaimed I learned that money isn't worth getting unless you have to work for it. It feels great to know that someone is happy with you because you are doing something good!

Furthermore, it was something all the participants enjoyed doing.

Kerry added my favourite part was working with my best friends because they are great to be around and they work as hard as me if not harder.

For more information on Hollys business or the Youth Ventures program, you can contact Lindsey Hewitt, Youth Ventures Regional Coordinator for the Burin Peninsula at (709) 279-4540 or toll free at 1-888-303-2232. You could also e-mail at burin@youthventuresnl.com.

Remember: Its your business, so start it!

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