ST. LUNAIRE-GRIQUET, N.L. – Ten-year-old Logan Humby of St. Lunaire-Griquet was in Conception Bay South on Thursday to accept a prestigious award for his small business.
Logan clinched Youth Ventures NL’s Excellence in Arts and Tourism Award.
His business, Bergy Bits, has been in operation for two summers, selling iceberg ice to tourists and locals.
Logan said he helped his father Charles Humby and his grandfather Christopher Humby build the stand that he uses as his home base.
Last year, he said, he made enough money to buy a dirt bike.
“This year I tripled my profits,” an enthusiastic Logan said when contacted by phone just prior to accepting his award.
Logan said he got the idea for his business after going out in boat with his father to get some iceberg ice for the family’s drinks.
“I told Dad I wanted to get some ice and sell it. That’s what I did last year and this year I’m selling iceberg ice and some other products like crafts, knitted items and bakeapple and partridgeberry butter.”
Logan’s products include everything from postcards to hiking sticks; from key racks to local prints.
When asked about the butter-making process, he said, the first thing you need to do is go pick the berries.
He picked the partridgeberries with his grandfather, Dean Pilgrim.
“Then me and Poppy Dean made the butter,” Logan said.
Logan has grown his business and now sells his bergy bits at the local Foodland in St. Anthony.
The best thing about owning and operating his own business, he said, is the people he gets to meet. His products have sold locally, provincially, and nationally. He’s also had a customer from Italy, he said.
“I’m doing really good,” Logan said when asked how it feels to be a business owner.
Logan’s Mom and Dad, Cassandra and Charles Humby, travelled to Conception Bay South with him for the awards ceremony.
Cassandra says they are proud of Logan and his efforts to grow his business.
“For him to win the award and have the experience that he had travelling to St. John’s, the capital city of the province, has truly been an experience of a lifetime for him,” Cassandra said.
“I would like to say a big thank-you to the Youth Ventures Program for all the help they gave Logan,” she added.
For more information on Logan’s business visit Logan’s Bergy Bits on Facebook.
About Youth Ventures NL
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) offers Youth Ventures to promote entrepreneurship as a primary career option for the province’s youth.
Since its inception 26 years ago, Youth Ventures has helped 7,000 entrepreneurs start 4,350 businesses.
The annual awards ceremony celebrates the success of young entrepreneurs.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided $425,009 to enable the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs to deliver the Youth Ventures Program this year.
The Provincial Government supported the program to the tune of $95,000.
Representatives from all levels of government attended the awards ceremony.
“The Youth Ventures Program is a safe space to try out a new idea, take a risk and learn financial responsibility. We are trying to foster an ecosystem that will enable youth to thrive in business, Roseanne Leonard said in a press release announcing the award winners. Leonard is managing director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of CBDCs.