GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 31, 2012

Gloucester grad helps young businesses find markets

By Steven Fletcher
Staff Writer

---- — She’s 20, a Gloucester High School graduate and she’s helping a Cambridge start-up get its footing in New England.

Brianna Aloisio, an incoming junior at Providence College in Rhode Island, graduated Gloucester High in 2010. This summer, she’s interning with Cambridge- based YouthTrade, a non-profit organization that provides markets for entrepreneurs under 35.

“It’s getting me into the business side of international relations,” said Aloisio, a global studies major at Providence College.

Aloisio is one of the company’s four interns, and does everything from helping establish connections with retailers, to starting Youthtrade clubs at area colleges.

YouthTrade launched last year, and found its first market with Whole Foods in May, Aloisio said. The company was started by Poonam Ahluwalia, founder of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (YES). The company provides markets for entrepreneurs of a “conscious capitalism” sort.

“It’s making a profit (but) also helping people,” Aloisio said.

She’s holding a fundraising event for the Youthtrade project Wednesday starting at 4 p.m. at Giuseppe’s at the corner of Washington and Main streets. The restaurant is donating 10 percent of all sales toward the project. Aloisio waitresses at the Gloucester restaurant.

“My two work worlds collide,” she said.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3455 or sfletcher@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him @gdtnews on Twitter.