Young Mil­lion­aires par­tic­i­pants selling va­ri­ety of prod­ucts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/COMMUNITY -

Nine­teen Fran­co­phone ado­les­cents from the Souris, Char­lot­te­town and Evan­ge­line ar­eas have just es­tab­lished small busi­nesses to sell a wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts to tourists and Is­lan­ders.

Their mer­chan­dise varies from candies and snacks to home­made toys and fire­wood.

Thanks to train­ing ses­sions and grants from the Je­unes mil­lion­naires/Young Mil­lion­aires pro­gram, these youth learned how to es­tab­lish and op­er­ate their busi­ness. Sev­eral of them are re­turn­ing af­ter a suc­cess­ful sum­mer last year while some are try­ing their hand at entrepreneurship for a first time.

Again this year, RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land is de­liv­er­ing the pro­vin­cial Je­unes mil­lion­naires pro­gram, which is the French ver­sion of the Young Mil­lion­aires Pro­gram man­aged provin­cially by the Cen­tral De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. The pro­gram is funded through the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency and In­no­va­tion P.E.I.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing bilin­gual youth at­tend three work­shops learn the ba­sics of entrepreneurship, in­clud­ing busi­ness plans, mar­ket stud­ies, cus­tomer ser­vice, qual­ity con­trol, bud­gets and other sub­jects. They then have to present their busi­ness plan dur­ing an in­di­vid­ual in­ter­view.

Each par­tic­i­pant then re­ceives a grant (up to $100 for in­di­vid­u­als and $150 for part­ner­ships) to help es­tab­lish his or her busi­ness and to pur­chase pro­duc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

In early July, the youth started pro­duc­ing and selling their prod­ucts or ser­vices, some­times with the help of their par­ents.

The co-or­di­na­tion team pre­pares a list of fes­ti­vals and events where the youth can go to sell their prod­ucts dur­ing the sum­mer months. This year, the RDÉE has hired Jean-Phylippe Provencher, Sa­man­tha Lawther and Danielle Doucette to co-or­di­nate both the Young Mil­lion­aires Pro­gram and the Youth Ser­vices Co-op.

In ad­di­tion, the young par­tic­i­pants also iden­tify sup­ple­men­tary sales lo­ca­tions, of­ten in their own neigh­bor­hood or com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery­one is be­ing en­cour­aged to sup­port the bud­ding en­trepreneurs by pur­chas­ing their prod­ucts.

Fol­low­ing is the list of the busi­nesses that have been es­tab­lished in var­i­ous Is­land com­mu­ni­ties by pro­gram par­tic­i­pants.

Evan­ge­line re­gion: Candies R’ Us (candy kabobs) by Brady Arse­nault; J.G. En­ter­prises (duct tape wal­lets and bracelets) by Joël Gallant; Stix and Stones (dec­o­ra­tions made with beach rocks and shells) by Mélodie Jor­dan; Juicy Rad­i­cal Treats (candy kabobs) by Jorja Rae Thompson; Book­marks/Vivre avec les livres (book re­ports and book­marks) by Slanie McGuire; La­fun (hand­made toys) by Nico Du­rant.

Char­lot­te­town: Sim­ply Sno­Cones ( flavoured snow cones) by Michael MacEwen and El­liott Fraser; Cormier’s Candies (candy bags and treat bags) by Ian Cormier; The Kook Freezies Shack (lemon­ade and freeze pops) by Vic­tor Steele and Lan­don Perry; Pleas­ant Calves (rais­ing calves for meat) by Ja­cob Doyle; Olive Branch Bak­ery (desserts, wa­ter and juice) by Olivia Lewis; Cool Me Off (bot­tles of wa­ter) by Donell Lloyd.

Souris: Car­son’s Kool Treats (ice cream, yogurt, freeze pops) by Car­son Bernard; Marc and Daniel’s Wood Sales (camp­fire wood) by Daniel and Marc Chap­man; Renée’s S’more Kits (trousses de s’mores) de Renée Chap­man; De­laney’s Fresh Veg­eta­bles ( fresh veg­eta­bles) by De­laney Roche.


Michael MacEwen and El­liott Fraser are back in the fran­co­phone edi­tion of the Young Mil­lion­aires Pro­gram with their busi­ness “Sim­ply Sno-Cones”, which they es­tab­lished back in 2013. For their ac­com­plish­ments they won the Young Mil­lion­aires Award that was pre­sented dur­ing the Aca­dian En­trepreneurs’ Gala.

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