Insight, Inspiration and Support for Entrepreneurs & Mentors

  • Building a healthy corporate culture

    Milan Vrekic, TitanFile Inc., @truejebus, Halifax, NS, CYBF entrepreneur If the form of a company (corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership…) is the body of a company and the managing board is its brain, than corporate culture can be considered its soul. Corporate culture includes values, beliefs, taboos, symbols, rituals and myths and each of these evolve […]

  • Advisory boards – An invaluable tool for customer acquisition

    Karen Milde, Reframe Marketing, Vancouver, BC, CYBF Mentor, There are many ways to find out how to improve your company image, be it with customer surveys, internet research, etc. But only a few management teams may have considered the possibility of using an advisory board. Gathering a group of executives to give the leadership […]

  • Managers and leaders

    Managers and leaders Ellis Orlan, BA, CPA, SF Partnership LLP, Toronto, ON, CYBF Mentor, As Bernard Bass states, “Leaders manage and managers lead, but the two activities are not synonymous…Management functions can potentially provide leadership; leadership activities can contribute to managing. Nevertheless, some managers do not lead and some leaders do not manage.” Managing and […]

  • Thank you to all CYBF mentors and volunteers!

    Mentors and volunteers with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) drive the success of many of Canada’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs! This week (April 15-21st) is National Volunteer Week 2012 and CYBF is celebrating and recognizing the tireless efforts of our valued mentors and volunteers. We appreciate your investment in the success of our […]

  • The week that was – April 10-13

    Have a look at some of the exciting things that happened this week: There is lots of interest in CYBF’s Spin Master Innovation Fund – Have you applied yet to get $50K in start-up financing, mentoring, workshops and more to help you with YOUR innovative start-up? Apply before May 10th! Communitech Hub launched Hyperdrive, a $30-million […]

  • Avoiding financial spreadsheet mistakes: Email referencing, formatting

    Simon Selkrig, Strategize Financial Modelling,, Montreal, QC Article series: Avoiding financial spreadsheet mistakes Part 2 of 3 Referencing files from an email This is a classic rookie error. Users of the spreadsheet have no idea about the source of the data, because the spreadsheet developer has merely referenced numbers from an Excel file attached […]

  • Avoid the common mistake in a three-year plan

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, Managing Corporate Culture article series Most CEOs and managers are familiar with the need to have a three or five-year strategic plan. What often gets missed in these plans though is the personnel organization plan, particularly at a management level. The failure to plan what personnel need to […]

  • Building, using and retaining an advisory board

    Rose-Marie Almond, Hatchlings Incubation Centre, Oshawa, Ontario Building an advisory board Here are three important considerations to keep in mind when building an advisory board: Diversity. Having a board entirely made up entirely of accountants, lawyers or marketers is not very useful. Select board members based on their specific skills, their background (personal and professional) […]

  • Hire employees or work with freelancers?

    In 2010, Jasmine Gervais, Émile Arragon and Jean-Philippe Desjardins, three CYBF young entrepreneurs, founded Orangerine, an agency operating in the digital world of web integrated production and new distribution platforms. Orangerine designs and produces multiplatform advertising campaigns that involve video production, web development, interactive media and digital display. The Montreal-based business has worked with well-known […]

  • Building a healthy corporate culture

    Sidney Halpern, Chartered Accountant, Winnipeg, MB, CYBF Mentor The following five steps help you build a healthy corporate culture within your business. 1. Define a ‘healthy corporate culture’. It could include: Integrity, honesty and wisdom Team orientated for collective rather than individual goals Professional excellence 2. Define the demographics of the people needed to build […]

  • Top three reasons to hire an expert

    Top three reasons to hire an expert Cathy Yeomans, Imagine Public Relations, White Rock, BC, When we start our businesses, we often do everything ourselves. However, we soon find we don’t have the expertise or skill set to handle it all. Hiring others can help, and here are three reasons why: Our to-do list […]

  • The Week that was – March 26-30

    We have had some great events this past week just take a look! Spin Master Innovation Fund has officially launched! Kick start your start up with $50K in start-up financing, with a personally matched mentor, workshops and a connection to our CYBF community of over 5000 members! click here for more details Entrepreneurship a key […]

  • Spin Master Ltd. and CYBF Launch Year 2 of the Spin Master Innovation Fund

    For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and Spin Master Ltd., Canada’s most innovative toy company, are teaming up to offer financing, mentoring and business workshops to innovative entrepreneurs through the Spin Master Innovation Fund (SMIF). Applications for the Spin Master Innovation Fund opened today and will offer  qualified 18-34 year […]

  • The Week that was – March 19 – 23

    Spring is officially here and what a season to kick-start entrepreneurship! We have had some great things happen this week, take a look and see why CYBF is pumped for the season! Kick-start your innovative start-up!  CYBF’s Spin Master Innovation Fund launched this week offering $50k in financing, mentoring, resources, expert advice and networking opportunities […]

  • Avoiding financial spreadsheet mistakes: Structure, hard-coding

    Simon Selkrig, Strategize Financial Modelling,, Montreal, QC Article series: Avoiding financial spreadsheet mistakes Part 1 of 3 Financial spreadsheets are often compromised due to some rather basic mistakes by spreadsheet developers. No matter how basic or thorough a financial spreadsheet is, it is important to maintain a simple and concise approach to developing it. […]

  • The value of staying focused

    Stéphane Elie, founder of Symbiose Communication in Longueuil, Quebec, knows that a smart businesses sticks to their vision – even if that means turning down opportunities along the way. A sharp focus has helped Stéphane build Symbiose into what it is today: an inbound/outbound call central with a global reach, employing 120 people and offering […]

  • Look for the lesson on how to succeed

    Ellis Orlan, BA, CPA, SF Partnership LLP, Toronto, ON, CYBF Mentor, In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, ‘success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’. To truly succeed, one must fail first and fail plenty. This might be difficult to accept, as failing is emotionally difficult, hard to overcome and […]

  • <!–:en–>People – The most misunderstood part of corporate culture<!–:–><!–:fr–>La dimension humaine – L’aspect le plus mal compris de la culture d’entreprise<!–:–>

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, Managing Corporate Culture article series HAVING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACES – This topic not only has the most significant impact on corporate culture, it is also often the most misunderstood and poorly handled by CEO’s and managers. Despite rising to a senior management position early […]