Youth Ven­tures starts up for an­other great sum­mer!

The Southern Gazette - - EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT - BY COURT­NEY BEAZLEY YOUTH VEN­TURES CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR You can find out more about the Youth Ven­tures pro­gram by vis­it­ing ‘ www.youthven­’.

What do Mark Zucker­burg, Bey­once Knowles, Henry Ford and Youth Ven­tures’ par­tic­i­pants all have in com­mon? They all started their own businesses!

Youth Ven­tures em­pow­ers stu­dents aged 12-29 to start their own busi­ness. Maybe you are in­ter­ested in run­ning a sea­sonal busi­ness for the sum­mer? Per­haps you have big­ger dreams and as­pi­ra­tions.

As your YV co­or­di­na­tor for sum­mer 2014, I am here to of­fer you my sup­port and guid­ance ev­ery step of the way – from com­ing up with a cre­ative idea/name to de­vel­op­ing mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als that will help you pro­mote your busi­ness to the pub­lic.

Don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to the fi­nan­cials or mar­ket anal­y­sis sec­tions of a busi­ness plan? Don’t worry! As a busi­ness grad­u­ate, I am skilled in all sec­tions of a busi­ness plan and will work with you un­til you are con­fi­dent with the end re­sult.

While it is great to cel­e­brate and rec­og­nize suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional businesses like those started by the people men­tioned at the be­gin­ning of this ar­ti­cle, we must not for­get the amaz­ing en­trepreneur­s we have in our own prov­ince and on the Burin Penin­sula.

Last sum­mer, 17-year-old Olivia Ride­out of For­tune started her own pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness with Youth Ven­tures. Over the sum­mer, Olivia Ride­out Pho­tog­ra­phy grew and her pas­sion de­vel­oped from a hobby into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness. Her clien­tele in­creased dra­mat­i­cally. She re­ceived over 650 likes on her Face­book page, and be­cause of her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, she was the re­cip­i­ent of the Ex­cel­lence in Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Award at the end of the sum­mer.

If you have a great idea, an in­ter­est in busi­ness or a hobby you’re pas­sion­ate about, give me a call at (709) 279-4540 or email ‘ [email protected]­’.

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