Youth Mean Business assisted over 79 eligible participants (18 to 29 years of age) in the Victoria Capital Regional District (all communities) to enter the labour force and develop and/or enhance their entrepreneurial, employability and occupational skills through the development of a formal business plan, mentorship and training provided by recognized Training Institutions.

Through this program, non EI-eligible youth with a sound business concept receive assistance to develop a strong concept into a formal business plan. Each participant develops and implements a customized participation plan which outlines tailored activities and financial supports, designed to meet the individual needs of the participant. Participants take an average of 6 months to complete the program. Each participant is provided with training and business coaching, encouraged and supported to develop and/or foster a mentorship relationship with a business leader or expert.