YETI 2020 is over! Bookmark us for 2021

A FREE summer senior-high initiative for teens interested in earning serious money.


YETI took place virtually this summer. Everyone did amazingly! 

Here’s who took part!




Willing and Able Yard Services

Providing lawn care for seniors in the Parkland County and Brazeau County area.




Wildrose Photography

Offering photography services for the Tri-Region area.




Summer Adventures in a Box

Subscription box filled with screen free activities and challenges to entertain and encourage children to explore.




Reflection Tuning & Repair

Bike, ski and snowboard repair.




Smitty's Lawn Care

Providing lawn care for Brazeau County area residents.




Backyard Restoration

Purchasing old backyard furniture and restoring it.





Ruggedly clean leatherwork.


Cody and Sierra

Cody and Sierra

Coco Candy Co.

Acquire and run vending machines selling candy, snacks and pop.

this year we have two High Achiever award winners!

This year the YETI Committee couldn’t choose between 2 awesome participants. Both William and Naomi share the High Achiever Award in 2020. The High Achiever Award has been kindly sponsored by NexGen Transportation. We’ll update these pictures soon!

If you are a business or organisation in the Capital Region (Parkland County, Brazeau County, or Leduc County) and are interested in sponsoring YETI, please click below to find out more about opportunities in 2021.

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We’ll provide the tools, resources, and guidance young people need to turn their current side-hustle or brand new business idea into a full-time money-maker over the summer – and beyond!


Can I participate in YETI next year?

  • YETI is for students in Grade 10-12 who live or attend school in our participating regions of Parkland County, Brazeau County, and Leduc County.
  • You’ll need an awesome idea to turn into a summer business – one that you’re excited about and would like to see flourish.
  • We’ll give you $500 to start your business, with the opportunity to win a further $500 award at the end of the summer.
  • You must be self-motivated, well organized, determined, and willing to devote the time necessary (15+ hours per week) to achieve your business goals over July and August 2021.
  • You must be available to attend a full week of workshops in Stony Plain in the week beginning 5th July 2021.

We’ll open up applications early 2021 so bookmark this page and come back then.

here’s what some past participants thought of the program

The money we received in the beginning help a ton to start out but I found the workshops the most useful especially some of the speakers we had – my big one that helped the most was social media pages which I’m still working on, also the easy access to anyone in the program was nice especially when I had questions or was confused. Overall everyone there was really helpful and encouraging which helped me promote my dream.

The beginning $500 was very generous and more than enough to get us started, the workshops were very informative and helped us learn a lot, and the support was fantastic ; if we emailed someone with a question we would hear back very quickly.

The workshops were one of the most important aspects of the program for me. I found they not only gave me greater background knowledge, but I loved all of the time I got to spend learning from the other students. I think the support I had was very useful – I did not always need help but when I did, it quickly resolved any issues I was having and made me feel like I was not, “alone” (geez that sounds cheezy).

The program has taught each of us, that entrepreneurship could be a potential that we would like to go into after high school. We really enjoyed managing things on our own and learning to be independent as well. Bringing new ideas and products to the community was also something that sparked this decision.

The workshops were very valuable. But the accounting and marketing workshop were personally of the most use to me. The award amount I found was the perfect amount to give that boost to the business so you could get the things to make your business run better, faster, and more effectively which equals more profit. It was also nice to have that support to give you ideas and opinions on matters for the business. I gave you a different point of veiw on how to do things. I think it is overall a great set up.

I loved the feedback on my business plan and the help of developing goals to work towards.

The money helped us big time with supplies but the workshops helped us to develop skills we need to run a business successfully.

This program gave me a great opportunity to give me a taste of what it is like to be in the real business world.

The money was very helpful to get start and the workshop were helpful to learn about marketing and sales.

Overall I had an amazing time trying out my business and getting all the input about different aspects of the business, it was a great opportunity and I hope to use the skills I learned in another potential business idea later on down the road!

Our bi-weekly meetings … allowed us to communicate and ask our questions when we needed help.

I love coming up with great ideas about business plans, this program gave me an opportunity to take one of those ideas, and create a running business with that. It taught me a lot about responsibility and it also showed my strengths and weaknesses. I think that although this business idea was not necessarily for me it showed me that although I do not like cleaning other people’s houses anymore I have found that I love organizing them! So maybe I will try that next.

… I feel like I gained a lot of experience so thank you so much for that! It was so nice to work with you and community futures. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

This was the 2020 workshop line up!

If you are a professional small business presenter or small business owner who’d like to workshop with our YETI participants in 2021, please reach out to us now at

Small Business and Sustainability

adams + co. is a women-run business out of Stony Plain, AB. We strive to handmake aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and useful products that will allow our customers to make an easy transition into a more environmentally conscious life. Sustainability, community, and spreading joy are the heart of our business.

Entrepreneurship 101

The wonderful Dana Cropley is back for a second year! Danna is an Entrepreneur – a Personal Development and Strategy Consultant. She supports people and businesses clarify their outcomes in alignment with who they are and what they want to achieve. She also support individuals, businesses, and organizations in creating a positive social and environmental impact within the communities they reside through clear Community Investment Strategies. On top of it all she’s an outdoors enthusiast and a mom of 4 kids! 

Persevering in Today's Demanding World

Kelly Falardeau (multiple TEDx Speaker) is a burn survivor since the age of two-years-old on 75% of her body and constantly struggled with her self-worth and confidence. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Speaker, Fierce Woman of the Year, an International Best-Selling Author (6x), recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a YWCA Woman of Distinction. Her life story has been produced into a documentary called “Still Beautiful” which has impacted over 9.8 million people.

What's in the Shoebox?

We are happy that Tom Yeo is also back for his second year to share his small business financial workshop. Tom has lived and worked in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain for the past ten year. He currently works for Scotiabank as a financial planner and investment specialist. He has a diverse background in banking having worked in a number of different roles; frequently assisting business clients and entrepreneurs. He sits on the board of the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a founding member of the Heritage and Vision Development Cooperative and has recently joined a NAIT working group looking to develop the Spruce Grove campus to meet the needs of the community. 

Branding for Small Businesses

Nicole is a work from home online fitness + business coach passionate about helping women create a lifestyle of wellness they love. Over the past 5 years she has helped hundreds of women with their wellness routines and has gone on to mentor many of them in business, leading a team of over 300 people today. Nicole has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Marketing and always knew entrepreneurship was her calling. She values community, overall wellness, and freedom from the typical 9-5. Nicole loves all things social media and branding!

This year we also hade workshops by YETI Program team members Amanda Durand and Sue Clynes. They provided training on Instagram, Goal Setting, Using Canva in Your Social Media and Developing Products that are Priced to Sell. Each participant also received a YETI Workbook to accompany their studies.

So, what are you waiting for?

Grab your phone and your backpack, and connect with us for a momentous opportunity with real time, real world impact. Now is your chance to redefine responsible business leadership through big, actionable ideas sure to make people take notice… like, share, follow… and purchase.


Text us on: 1-780-479-2226

Call us on 780-968-7013 and ask to talk about YETI.

You can also email us at

Due to COVID-19, please do not drop by the office at this time.


Our sincere thanks goes to our 2020 Sponsors and Supporters for making YETI possible

With your help, at least 10 more young people in our communities will take their first steps towards an exciting entrepeneurial future in the summer of 2020!

Are you a business owner or organisation that would like to support young entrepreneurs in your region in 2021?