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Youth Ventures: What business will you be starting?

This summer is off to a great start with some small businesses being started up with help from the Youth Ventures program.

Youth Ventures and Service Canada's Centre for Youth teamed up for a barbecue in support of Becky Smith and her family this month. Another will be held on the Sobeys parking lot tomorrow. Pictured (from left) are Brittany Lambe and Curtis Pittman of the Centre for Youth along with Youth Ventures co-ordinator William Short. Photo Submitted

If you have a great idea and need help turning it into a business, Youth Ventures is for you!

Youth Ventures specializes in helping youth ages 12-29 start-up and run their own businesses, adding to the local economy and creating a bright future for our youth, region and province.


If you live in the St. Lawrence or Little St. Lawrence area, this one is for you.

Mighty Mower is a lawn-care business that specializes in mowing, trimming, raking, and grass disposal. Owned and operated by Donald Slaney Jr., this business has been in operation for several years and has a great client base.

If you would like to book or have Donald come by to do a free estimate, give him a call at 873-2771 or check out ‘’. With Donaldʼs excellent rates, you wonʼt have to worry about mowing your lawn again!


The ‘I Inspire’ video contestʼs deadline has been extended to July 8.

Thereʼs still time for youth to get their entries in for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle or an iPad. You can find the current entries on the provincial Facebook page by searching for Youth Ventures to get an idea of what you could be doing for your video. There are already some awesome entries, so why not put yours in there too? If you want more information on the contest, contact me using the information below.


Every year Youth Ventures and Service Canada teams up to do a charity barbecue. On June 22, we hosted the event at Sobeys in Marystown, raising money for Becky Smith and her family. Becky is an 18-year-old from Red Harbour, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

With the help of Shane Antle, Tyler Moore, Cait Clarke, and Brittany Lambe and Curtis Pittman from Service Canada, we were able to put off a very successful barbecue. We will be hosting another one outside Sobeys tomorrow, Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. supporting the same cause. We hope to make a donation to the family as part of the fundraiser currently being organized at the Lilʼ Dory in Marystown on July 2.

I encourage everyone to help out where they can for these events.


The Farmersʼ Market in Marystown is open for business and looking for summer tenants.

While talking with an employee of the Town of Marystown, it was discussed that this would be an ideal location for any youth wanting to start a business.

The market is located in a brightly coloured building across the highway from Walmart and in the same parking lot as the Visitor Information Centre.

The rent is fairly low and the available rooms are spacious. There are plenty of opportunities for youth wishing to open a business there.

If youʼre into craft-making or photography, the tourists youʼll encounter at this location will certainly be looking for a keepsake to remind them of Marystown, the Burin Peninsula, or Newfoundland in general. And the business possibilities donʼt end there!

If you are interested in getting involved with Youth Ventures, donʼt hesitate to contact me via telephone at (709) 279-4540, fax (709) 279-4545 or email at ‘’. You can find out more about the program at ‘’.

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