Insight, Inspiration and Support for Entrepreneurs & Mentors

  • Facts and myths about social enterprises

    Rose-Marie Almond, Cobourg, Ontario, CYBF Young Entrepreneur & Mentor ‘Social enterprise’ is a term that’s being used more and more. But what does it really mean? Here I’ll try and sort some of the facts from the myths. There is a social purpose at the heart of every social enterprise. Fact. If the social initiatives […]

  • True/false quiz on corporate social responsibility

    Rose-Marie Almond, Cobourg, Ontario, CYBF Young Entrepreneur & Mentor Test your knowledge of corporate social responsibility! Are the following statements true or false? Core values are important. True! Your business’ core values are important and to incorporate CSR into your business successfully, your CSR efforts should tie in with your organizational values. CSR as an […]

  • The Week that was – January 23-27

    The days are gone and February is just around the corner. Things are starting to ramp up here at CYBF – Check out what happened this week! Newly launched CYBF Communication Pofiler, take a look! The deadline for entering the Bootstrap 2012 Awards was Jan 25th. Entrepreneurs did you get your forms in?  Do you […]

  • Strategic Planning: What is there to gain?

    We came across this Globe and Mail article written by the BDC on Strategic Planning and we thought it was very useful. Here are what a strategic plan could enable you to achieve: Envision your company’s future over the next three to five years Define your long-term goals Assess your current environment, as well as […]

  • Creating more of the scarcest resource – A CEO’s time

    Managing Corporate Culture article series In my last article (Managing Corporate Culture – The one absolute truth), I suggested that a CEO examine how he/she is spending his/her time and ensure that the right amount is devoted to the key organizational culture priorities. How much is the right amount? This will differ depending on the […]

  • Small CSR steps can lead to big change

    Bryan Santone, H Two Consulting Inc., Toronto, ON Good corporate social responsibility (CSR) requires organizations to operate in a way that will have a positive impact on employees, clients, communities and the environment. There are several small steps that companies can take to integrate CSR into their business models. Philanthropy – Monetary and / or […]

  • Being socially-minded is good for business

    Sidney Halpern, Chartered Accountant, Winnipeg, MB, CYBF Mentor I have 53 years of business experience from an entry-level position and progressing to that of Chief Executive Officer of a corporate group of companies employing 1,000 people. Experience has taught me that a successful company has socially-targeted goals and objectives as part of its mission. I […]

  • How to do good and make money too

    Christiana Mbazigwe, Duric Business Solutions, Toronto, ON, CYBF Mentor There are many ways you can do good in your community and make some money at the same time. The secret is to look out for the needs of people in your community and go about meeting those needs to best of your ability. Do some […]

  • Benefits of corporate social responsibility

    Karen Milde, Reframe Marketing, Vancouver, BC, CYBF Mentor, Every business that engages in corporate social responsibility sometimes faces challenges. The most common one is the conflict between the principle goal of the business and the concept of social responsibility. Should a business be engaged in something that falls outside of the basic business principle […]

  • The Week that was – January 16-20

    The week has gone by so quickly! Must be the strange weather that were having over here. Find out what has been happening over at CYBF! CYBF welcomes @VivianProkop, CEO, back home after her travels to India for the G20YEA Leadership Assembly! Congratulations to Valérie Bellavance, CYBF Senior Director, QC who was selected out of […]

  • Monday Morning Resource

    Tips on Developing CSR Policies that Work Rose-Marie Almond, Cobourg, Ontario, CYBF Young Entrepreneur & Mentor Corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices can be seen as vague and inconsistent, and this is because many (but not all) of them are. Important things to consider when putting your CSR policy together include: Do: Make sure the policy […]

  • Giving back helps push you forward

    Giving back helps push you forward Cathy Yeomans, CYBF mentor, Imagine Public Relations, White Rock, BC, What sets you apart from the competitor so that your customer chooses your product or service? If you’re not including social responsibility as part of your business plan, then you might already be losing customers. Consumers today are […]

  • Social responsibility is everybody’s business

    High Five! Social responsibility is everybody’s business Marie-Soleil Thellen is the owner of 4 Éléments, a retail store which opened its doors in May 2010. Located on Saint-Denis Street in Montreal, 4 Éléments offers a wide range of locally-produced and environmentally-friendly fashion accessories, beauty products and home décor items. “I am offering a new concept that promotes […]

  • Ten tips for successful mentor-mentee meetings

    Dr. Wael Badawy, IntelliView Technologies Inc. Calgary, AB; Umm Al Qura University, KSA;, CYBF Mentor Set up a meeting schedule that works best for both mentor and mentee. It’s a good idea to avoid, lunch and coffee break meeting. Meetings require a professional and distraction-free setting. Maintaining regular meetings between mentor and mentee is […]

  • Saskatchewan Entrepeer Event Podcast

    Taunya Woods Richardson, Director, Saskatchewan speaks with Jackie Cook, Chief Production Officer of Thread Media, and Kendal Netmaker, Founder and CEO of Neechie Gear, about their experience as Canadian Delegates at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Nice, France . Listen to the podcast here. Find out more information on the delegates that were selected […]