Government Relations: 2011 – The Year of the Entrepreneur

It’s a big year for us, and for you. The Canadian government officially designated 2011 the Year of the Entrepreneur to honour and applaud the ambition, devotion and spirit of entrepreneurs of all ages. This year recognizes the people who built and continue to fuel our country today – and tomorrow.

What it’s about

Why is this the Year of the Entrepreneur? That’s easy – the research says it all: As the economy recovers from the recession, most job growth has been credited to start-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprise. What’s more, as our population ages, nearly 20 percent of small-business owners are set to close up shop and retire within the next decade. That’s a huge void to fill and young entrepreneurs are up to the challenge. Entrepreneurs are Canada’s future; we need a new generation of innovative, motivated thinkers and risk-takers to open the next great restaurant, clothing boutique, technology company, design firm – the opportunities are endless – to help our country continue to grow and prosper.

Our big plans

In honour of this special year, CYBF, along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and other like-minded organizations, are hosting educational events, research undertakings, policy announcements and networking events. We’re also thrilled to be launching several awards and new programs. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what else we have planned.

The following governments have declared 2011 the Year of the Entrepreneur

Government of Canada
Government of Alberta
Government of British Columbia
Government of Manitoba
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
Government of Ontario
Government of Prince Edward Island
Government of Quebec
Government of Saskatchewan

Spotlight on Entrepreneurs – Celebrating the Year of the Entrepreneur

On Thursday, November 17th, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business celebrated 2011 as The Year of the Entrepreneur.

Click here to find out more.

Spotlight on Entrepreneurs