February 2016 Recap of In.Business Atlantic

This past month was a busy one in the Atlantic Region of In.Business. Early in February, students learned that they will have the opportunity to compete for a spot at our National Conference. Coming up in May, two students from each of our five regions will gather for the first In.Business National Conference. Interested students will be required to submit a video in order to be eligible to attend. The date, location, and details are still to be determined.

In addition, we launched our new Facebook page as a way to connect all five regions, and to promote the program all across Canada. Click here to like our page! There were also some great discussions during challenges 5 and 6 – a few of which I thought were particularly noteworthy. Firstly, the “Alpha Wolf Squadron” were asked to explain how community debt could affect youth in the future. I was very impressed by everyone’s (Nikki, Kristen, Teague, Cole, Ciana, and Lyric) responses, but in particular I really liked Teague’s. He mentions the correlation between community debt and expertise in business. In addition, he addressed the importance of being self-sustaining and keeping community dollars in the community. Below is his entire answer, which I think is pretty impressive for someone only 17 years old:

“All youth inherit the legacy of their forefathers. A legacy of community debt presents a very difficult challenge to the next generation for a number of reasons. A community in debt is an indicator of a community who’s leaders do not have an understanding of how to budget money. Therefore, the next generation of leaders being mentored by these people are also likely to struggle with budget problems due to the lack of a positive role model. Another problem could be that youth programs might be cut in order to save money. One way to avoid this in the future is through education of the people in charge. If they are educated in business, they will know how to manage money. Another way to avoid debt is for communities to become more self-sustaining. Community co-ops, farmers markets, gas stations, etc. with a good business plan all contribute to the local economy and keep community dollars in the community.”

I also really like the discussion by “Kukukwes,” (Jessica, Maisyn, Jaden, Princess, Noah) which addressed the effects of the low gas prices on the local economy. Lots of great points were made, including:

  • The loss in revenue for Provincial Governments from the falling gas prices (Jaden).
  • The amount of Atlantic Canadians who were laid off and are now back home and unemployed (Maisyn).
  • Some consumers are benefiting from the low gas prices because they now have more disposable income (Jessica).

There were also three groups who were asked to research the top tips to help someone prepare for an interview. First and foremost, I was impressed by the amount of students who have experience being interviewed. This made it possible for many to share their own experiences, which was awesome! Dozens of great tips were presented, but the two most common were: make sure to show up early (Kimberly, Jarrett, Kelsea, Kyle); and make sure to research the position and organization prior to the interview (James, Kimberly, Joady). As someone who has been on both sides of the interview table, I thought both of these were a must! I particularly liked what Kimberly mentioned, which was something she learned from being involved with Cadets: “if you’re 5 minutes early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time you’re late!”

So, as you can see, there is a lot going on in the Atlantic Region of In.Business. Our students continue to prove that they are bright, confident, driven, and insightful young men and women who will soon be leaders in the Indigenous business community!


Allan MacKenzie