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Vocal Fry Studios: A Space for Inclusive Storytelling

Katie and Vicky are journalists who saw a gap in the world of modern storytelling – a safe and inclusive podcast workspace.While the medium of podcasting has grown to become a mainstay news and information source for today’s digital generation, Katie and Vicky wanted to create a platform for the stories that are overlooked and […]

  • <!–:en–>Ten tips all entrepreneurs should know and live by<!–:–><!–:fr–>Dix conseils que tous les entrepreneurs devraient connaître et appliquer dans leur vie<!–:–>

    Dr. Wael Badawy, IntelliView Technologies Inc., Calgary, AB; Umm pay someone to do your assignment Al Qura University, KSA; badawy@intelliview.ca, CYBF MentorI learned the following tips during my experiences as an entrepreneur, which can help you along your journey to achieve (and maintain) a prosperous business, while also balancing your emotional wellbeing.1. Remain focused on […]

  • Week that was: July 30- August 3

    August! Already?! Anyone who can’t even believe the summer is half done – please, join our support group and CYBF will make sure you maximize the rest of it while it still lasts! Find out what we’ve been up to this week: Deadline for the FuEL Awards & CYBF Chairman’s Awards is EXTENDED to August […]

  • Can entrepreneurship be learned?

    Karen Milde, Reframe Marketing, Vancouver, BC, CYBF Mentor Certain aspects of entrepreneurship can be learned through trial and error, mentoring, and family experience. The passion however, and the ability to identify trends, predict profitability and identify potential markets are traits that are not easily learned by everyone.What I envision is that entrepreneurship can be learned, […]

  • Three requirements for want-to-be entrepreneurs

    Rose-Marie Almond, Toronto, ON, CYBF volunteer In my opinion, there are three interlinked requirements for any want-to-be entrepreneur: Goals. This is your desired outcome. The path to entrepreneurship is just like taking a road trip, where the goals represent your desired destination. Without defined goals you have no way of judging whether you are on […]

  • Guideposts to entrepreneurial success

    Hamish Knox, Sandler Training, Calgary, AB, CYBF Young EntrepreneurSo you took the plunge into entrepreneurship. Congratulations. Your path may be difficult, but below are five guideposts that will make your path to success much smoother. Get comfortable with the idea of being in “sales.” You are now the chief sales person for your business. If […]

  • The art (and hard work) of reference checking – part one

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, tesh@shaw.caManaging Corporate Culture article seriesReference checking is every bit as important as the interviews and will take just as much (if not more) time as the interviews. The keys to effective reference checking are:  Know what your objectives are for reference checking. Carefully prepare for the reference check. Approach […]

  • The week that was – July 23 – 27

    There has been a lot happening here at CYBF this week! Find out what I mean below: “Based in Business: entrepreneurial boot camp commenced this week in Gagetown (Atlantic Region) see all the great stuff coming out from the sessions this week! “Based in Business” – take a look at the first step of The […]

  • Learning from the Chinese bamboo tree

    Vishal Badiani, Sheridan College, Milton, ON, CYBF volunteerAt a recent Milton Toastmasters meeting, a colleague shared with our group the story about the amazing Chinese bamboo tree.The growth pattern of this tree is remarkable. Plant a bamboo sprout in the ground and for four or five years (sometimes much longer), nothing happens. You water and […]

  • Using seasonal dips in business for brand development and creativity

    Zach Berman and Ryan Slater, founders of The Juice Truck in Vancouver, British Columbia, spent years toying with ideas for going into business together, until a trek through the Himalayas changed everything. They saw locals drinking a nutrient-rich concoction they’d never seen before and wondered how many other worldwide juices existed that they could unveil […]

  • Advice for maintaining sales momentum year-round

    Karen Milde, Reframe Marketing, Vancouver, BC, CYBF MentorThe key to maintaining sales momentum is having a plan, following it, getting people to help you execute on it and of course measuring success.Far too often I see owners be reactive rather than proactive in these situations, meaning when sales are steady or increasing, s/he scales back […]

  • There is a season

    Shauna Madsen, Madsen Ave, Edmonton, AB, CYBF MentorMany can sing the lyrics from the ‘60’s hit song by the Byrds and it speaks to me when I consider the topic of seasonality in business.A time to plant, a time to reap….From the hundreds of businesses I have worked with, each one experiences varying degrees of […]

  • Summertime is sales time

    Hamish Knox, Sandler Training, Calgary, AB, CYBF Young Entrepreneur, hamish.sandler.com When the calendar turns to July and August salespeople often say, “All my prospects are on vacation,” or “Why make calls, no one’s around.”Preventing the summer sales blues involves accepting two simple principles. First, you can’t manage anything you can’t control (like the time of year) […]

  • Week that was July 9 – 13

    This week has been a whirl-wind of activities here at CYBF! See how we managed to fit in so much in just 5 days! The HYPERDRIVE program was officially launched on July 10 with great success! Click and see the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Innovative entrepreneurs came and participated in The Spin this […]

  • Tips for interviewing and creating job descriptions

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, tesh@shaw.caManaging Corporate Culture article seriesConducting interviews is one of the most important steps in selecting staff in order to ensure the right person is chosen for the right job. Here are some tips regarding interviews:Have other people in the organization interview at least the top one or two prospects […]

  • Avoid scratching your head during the lulls

    Rose-Marie Almond, Toronto, ONMost industries have some workload fluctuation – periods where you never seem to stop, followed by scratching your head wondering what to do next. Instead of irritating your scalp, take advantage of quiet periods in order to improve your business before the busy season starts anew by doing the following:Take time to […]