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A new trend has started across Nova Scotia and it is growing
bigger and more successful each year.

Young people are coming up with solid business ideas and turning
these ideas into an employment opportunity for themselves and
their friends. Young entrepreneurs are creating their own
businesses all across the province... businesses they can call
their own.

Students are using the entrepreneurial skills they acquire in the
various entrepreneurial units offered in classrooms across the

Students are also being given the opportunity to learn all about
entrepreneurship outside the classrooms, thanks to a joint
federal-provincial initiative of the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Nova Scotia Economic Renewal
Agency through the Canada/Nova Scotia COOPERATION Agreement on
Economic Diversification and the Department of Education and
Culture, which opened the doors for the Centre for
Entrepreneurship Education and Development. The centre provides
entrepreneurial opportunities to all youth across the province.

Young entrepreneurs are going places and are operating prosperous
businesses across the province. Business ideas range from
personalized rubber stamps to dressmaking to paint ball centres
and more. Some of these ideas are coming from people just 14
years of age. Imagine what they will be doing at 24!

The centre's vision is one of a vibrant, dynamic, self-reliant,
entrepreneurial culture, and the centre's mission is to nurture
entrepreneurship in young people by undertaking, creating,
coordinating, and acting as a catalyst in the areas of
entrepreneurship education, research and program design,
professional development, community entrepreneurship and
community entrepreneurship.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to attend the second annual Young
Entrepreneurs Going Places Conference at the World Trade and
Convention Centre in Halifax, April 25-26, 1996. The two-day
conference is an intense and entertaining program of events
focusing on the basics of running a small business.

Following the conference, the public is invited to attend the
Going Places Trade Fair at Park Lane Mall, Halifax, Saturday,
April 27.


Contact: Theresa Mitchell  902-424-5263 or 1-800-590-8481

NOTE TO EDITORS: The following are a series of profiles on
successful young entrepreneurs from various parts of the

Doug Butler and Graham MacKay are two high school seniors who
went into business together - inside their school.

They became partners while taking the Entrepreneurship 12 course
at Sydney Academy. The popular course is an introduction to the
fundamentals of entrepreneurship and helps students build the
confidence to start a business.

Entrepreneurship 12 inspired Doug and Graham to open Hogger's
Hut, a one-stop shop for chips and pop inside the school. "It was
a really good experience - and a great success," said Graham. "We
felt independent which was great!" added Doug.

Hogger's Hut ran for eight profitable months. Revenue was shared
between the school and the two budding entrepreneurs. The
greatest reward was the experience, said Graham. "Hogger's Hut
gave us the confidence to pursue other ideas." He said: "If you
have a business idea - go for it!"

#2--West Pictou
Jay McTague took a winter time passion and carved out a small

Jay and three other schoolmates at West Pictou High School are
partners in 420 Snowboards. Together, they repair, cut and
re-bend snowboards for local enthusiasts. Jay said he and his
partners didn't think of it as a business at first. "We just
fixed up snowboards for friends - and the word got out." Now, he
said, "It's great providing a service that people appreciate.
Plus, it's enjoyment - and a little extra money."

Jay credits the Entrepreneurship 12 class at school for helping
the business along. The very popular course is an introduction to
the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and helps students build the
confidence to start a business. "Entrepreneurship 12 has really
helped me," says Jay. "The course has given me information and

Jay offers budding the same advice he would offer a beginner on a
snowboard. "Go for it! Keep at it. Take a risk. It won't hurt a

Jay Dawe of Cape Breton mixed a high school course with a recipe
for perogies - and cooked up an award-winning business idea.

In 1995, Ray was a student in Sydney Academy's Entrepreneurship
12 class. The highly acclaimed course teaches the fundamentals of
entrepreneurship and running a small business. "Entrepreneurship
12 sparked the whole thing" said Ray, who started baking and
selling perogies under the name, Dawe-Gone Good!

Ray's perogies turned out to be a delicious hit. "Every time I
made them, I ran out. I could never make enough!" More success
came his way at the Going Places Trade Fair - a major showcase of
young entrepreneurs and their business ideas. Dawe-Gone Good won
top prize for best product/display.

#4--Lower Sackville
When Tanya Shaw of Lower Sackville started her own business, few
guessed she would have an entire market all sewn up.

Tanya is the owner of Unique Pattern Design, a Halifax-based
design and dressmaking company. What's so unique about her
business is that Tanya's company has developed computer software
to cut patterns based on a customer's measurements. Unique
Pattern Design is the first and only company to offer this unique
service. The challenge now is to spread the word among home
sewers and manufacturers everywhere, she said.

Tanya's story has been five years in the making. Her experience
is excellent advice for other young entrepreneurs. "You learn
what you can endure and achieve. You are putting yourself to the
test constantly. Don't be afraid to ask questions...there's a lot
of support for young entrepreneurs if you are willing to look."

Jeff Brooks has a major business hit on his hands.

Jeff owns Splatshot, the paint ball centre of Halifax. For two
hours at a time, people can play gun-slinging cops and robbers in
a giant warehouse loaded with special effects.

The business started 10 years ago as a university summer project
with the help from the Economic Renewal Agency's Youth
Entrepreneurial Skills program, "and it just grew from there," he
explains. Splatshot is a big hit with college students, "but we
get people of all ages playing."

Jeff's experience with Splatshot is good advice for any aspiring
entrepreneur. "You have the freedom to do what your want to do.
Don't be scared. Give it a try. Be prepared to fail. Since we
started Splatshot, three other ideas haven't worked. You have to
keep trying."

Dan Ross was 18 years old and out of school with no idea what he
wanted to do. His brother knew he liked to draw and suggested
putting some designs on a t-shirt. Dan took his brother's advice
- and Ross Screenprint was born.

The loan for starting his business came from the Economic Renewal
Agency's Youth Entreprneurial Skills Program. "The Royal Bank
provided the startup money, and I provided the hard work,"
according to Dan.

Dan's company has had great success designing and printing
T-shirts for customers in Atlantic Canada right through to
Ontario. The hours are long and hard but Dan wouldn't have it any
other way. "It's a good feeling being an entrepreneur. I can look 
back and smile at my accomplishments - and I can look ahead and

Dan's vision is good advice for anyone considering a career in
private enterprise. "Down the road, I'll be doing exactly what I
want to be doing." Perhaps, most important of all, Dan said,
"It's not just about making money. It's about getting involved
and controlling your life - doing something people appreciate."

Joanne Tingle of Halifax is a young entrepreneur making a great
impression in her very first business venture. 

Joanne runs Stamp of Approval, a company specializing in fine art
rubber stamps. From a catalogue of more than 400 unique designs,
she crafts highly detailed and exquisite stamps for sale in local
stores. Joanne's creations have a wide variety of decorative
uses: on envelopes and invitations, place cards and place mats,
to name just a few.

"I always knew I would start my own business," Joanne said, "so I
started doing what I enjoyed...things are really taking off. I'm
just about to launch a nature series of stamps based on the
photography of Sherman Hines."

Joanne's business experience is good advice for other budding
entrepreneurs. "If you've got the drive and the ideas - and
you're willing to work around the clock - then go for it!"

Jennifer Sheeran and five other classmates have earned valuable
business experience - inside their school!

Jennifer and her business partners are seniors at Cobequid
Educational Centre in Truro. They're also co-managers of the
Cougar Cafe, an in-school cafe for students to gather and enjoy a
snack before class. In just four month of business, the cafe
serves up to 80 students every morning. "Business is great," says
Jennifer, "and we're saving up all our profits for a trip at the
end of the year."

The cafe project was inspired by teacher and advisor, Kyla
Binderup. Jennifer and her partners loved the concept but had no
idea what was involved. "Until you experience it yourself, you
don't know how much work goes into it," she explains. "You start
early and you stay late, but when you see the money rolling in,
it's worth it."

Jennifer has earned valuable experience in business, which she
gladly shares with others. "Work hard at it. Be positive - and
don't lose focus on where you want to go."

Shannon Peyton turned a love for music into a small business

Shannon is a student at Middleton Regional High School. He's also
head of Tiny Trolly Productions, a distributor of music cassettes
by high school bands. "We sell everything from punk rock to death
metal and noise music. For the people who want this music, the
market is good."

Shannon's business idea was inspired by an Entrepreneurship 12
course at school. The very popular course is an introduction to
the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and helps students build the
confidence to start a business. "Entrepreneurship 12 is very
informative - a good prerequisite. It helps you get organized,"
he said.

Shannon enjoys producing - but he likes playing music a lot more.
"I'm going to use the profits to record a very professional
extended play demo for me and my band, Pagan Hellfire."

Shannon also has a note of advice for other young entrepreneurs.
"Plan your time wisely. And be patient."

#10--Mount Uniacke
Morgan Hicks and her friends turned a very refreshing idea into a
small business.

Tea and Crumpet was born from a need for summer jobs. The girls
knew they wanted to start a business and learned valuable advice
from their social studies entrepreneurship unit at Uniacke
District School. With the help of Morgan's mother and backing
from the Museum Estate Board, the four friends were in business.

"I am really excited about it," said Morgan, "It will be good
experience and a lot of fun." Tea and Crumpet will sell
everything from tea and muffins to granola mix, cookies and other
cold snacks. The partners will earn an hourly wage and a share of
the profits - plus the experience of running their own business.

trp                       Apr. 17, 1996 - 12:55 p.m.