2017 Youth Ventures Award winners, from the left, Cody Green, Alyssa Barrett and Karlie Squires.
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CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, NL — Three young entrepreneurs from the Trinity-Conception area were honoured at the recent Annual Youth Ventures Awards.
Cody Green of Carbonear, and Alyssa Barrett and Karlie Squires of Old Perlican were recognized for their success as young entrepreneurs in the province.
Green, who runs and operates his business Strung Out from his home in Carbonear, was awarded with the outstanding ventures award for participants aged 17 and under. Green uses recycled guitar and bass strings to create various pieces of jewelry, and has seen significant success with only less than a year under his belt.
Both Barrett and Squires run A&K Candy Boutique, a full-service candy bouquet in Old Perlican. The two girls prepare bouquets for holidays, as well as special events such as graduation and wedding ceremonies. They were presented with the award for excellence in financial management.
The awards ceremony celebrated its 20th year on Thursday, Aug. 10, by presenting 14 awards to nine different individuals.
“Seeing the quality of businesses created by our youth is an incredibly positive thing for the future of our province. These young people have a strong vision of how to do business and there is no doubt that they will be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Roseanne Leonard, managing director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs. “The work that we see come through our offices with the Youth Ventures program is amazing. Entrepreneurship in this province is booming, and we are reminded every year at these awards that the entrepreneurial spirit is not going anywhere.”