These Local Kids Are Putting Your Ambition to Shame

Dariya Sooley of Shoreganics
Meet some of our province's most promising kid-preneurs, all of whom are at the helms of some interesting and successful businesses

Kids dream big. Half the time it’s cute delusion, but sometimes it gets the job done. Having your head in the clouds is a great way not to see or be daunted by any hurdles in your way.

Here are some kids in the news recently, for seeing the light in a lightbulb moment, and not letting it burn out like too many of us do.

Dariya Sooley: Shoreganics

Dariya Sooley runs “Shoreganics” in Trepassey. The pun-name alone deserves applause, and her operation deserves a standing ovation.

Who wants to eat chickens and fowl raised in the kinds of conditions that make for troubling Netflix food docs, when  Dariya’s plate-bound fowl is free-range delicious, and raised down on the Southern Shore?

Dariya’s lightbulb moment came from a pet duck. (Yeah, really.) She got a baby duck when she was 11. Two years later, her vision has hatched into a bustling business she can’t keep up. In addition to selling eggs and meat in her hometown of Trepassey, more than one chef from town has come knocking with hopes of landing some of her products, including Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage; now a loyal client of Dariya’s.

She’s become the It Girl for scoring chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, and guinea fowl on the Avalon. She’s says it’s hard work, but she says it’s good money too. What were you doing when you were 13 that would’ve gotten you a full feature CBC story?

Micah and Jonathan Sacrey: 3D Portrait Prints

They say that 30 years from now, we’ll be printing new hearts and kidneys with 3D printers, instead of transplanting human organs. And that sooner still, hunters will be able to just print a gun to get their moose with.

If that all sounds a bit far-fetched to you, check out what these 2 brothers from Stephenville have launched, with 3D Portrait Prints.

They’ve taken flat, 2D things like company signs, to a whole new dimension, literally. The sibling duo took home the Trailblazer award at this year’s Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador Awards.

Of their win, Youth Ventures said, “Their business will change the way people preserve and cherish memories, loved ones’ photos, and even the way businesses market themselves. Therefore, they are truly trailblazing.”

Kimberley Dunphy: KMD Designs

Kimberley Dunphy of KMD Designs took home the “Venture of the Year” award at this year’s Youth Ventures Newfoundland and Labrador Awards. Her products are varied – wine glasses, jewelry, makeup brush holders, cards – but united by the designs she puts on them.

Like most entrepreneurs, she started this up when she found herself bored in a job, and wanting to monetize her personal interests.  After making a few mugs and the like for family and friends, she followed through on some encouragement to try and sell her stuff online, and she says things went viral from there.

By the summer of 2017, she’d opened her own store in Carbonear. Now she has a website, from which she’s taking orders worldwide.

This was back in 2015, when she was selling her stuff through Facebook and Instagram. By the summer of 2017, she’d opened her own store in Carbonear. Now she has a website, from which she’s taking orders worldwide, and in addition to selling her own highly customizable products, she’s selling items made by other female entrepreneurs.

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