Hope Blooms Celebrated for Entrepreneurism and Youth Leadership

October 4, 2018

Halifax, NS – Business owners and families will join Hope Blooms founder, Jessie Jollymore, and selected young entrepreneurs at this year’s fall dinner hosted by Family Business Atlantic. The event will be held on October 18, 2018 at Brightwood Golf and Country Club and profiles local business success stories. Hope Blooms is very deserving of this celebration.

It started with one person ten years ago who had an idea to shift the way society addresses poverty and hunger, all through community gardening and food production. Jessie and her team encourage and inspire youth to become engaged, take on lead roles in their community and build relationships to tackle poor health, social alienation and food insecurities.

“This social enterprise model aligns with many of the initiatives our members support,” says Family Business Atlantic President, Alan Streatch. What makes this model different though, is that youth are mobilizing this movement. “Family businesses have the advantage of offering mentorship and support for children who may wish to work in the business,” he adds. “These youth lean into the strength of the Hope Blooms family to help them realize their aspirations and dreams – so we actually share similar support systems.”

Hope Blooms has a colourful history, beginning with their pitch to CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Presenting sponsor for the event, Mark Boudreau of the Atlantic Superstore says, “Since winning Dragons’ Den Hope Blooms has received a number of prestigious awards and recognition. The kids, who are well recognized and considered models in the community, are regulars at our stores to meet and connect with our customers.” Proceeds from the sale of their dressings support an education scholarship—to date over 20,000 bottles have been sold at 11 Superstore locations across the province.

These young leaders are creating a paradigm shift in their own neighborhood—one that challenges the patterns of dependency and isolation with the power of ownership and family. By giving them the tools, encouragement and hands-on mentoring to become their own active change agents, possibilities are abundant and actualized.

Family Business Atlantic is pleased to have Ms. Jollymore and these three youth on stage to talk openly with Dr. Robert Blunden, Principal Consultant with Blunden and Associates, about their successes, challenges and upcoming initiatives. For more information and to register log on to familybusinessatlantic.ca.

Family Business Atlantic is a non-profit, membership-driven organization supporting business growth in Atlantic Canada. Our focus is supporting the fabric of the regional economy – families in business. Whether a business directly employs family members or receives their financial or emotional support, we exist to help them thrive through peer-to-peer groups, networking events and educational resources.

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