Insight, Inspiration and Support for Entrepreneurs & Mentors

  • The Week that was – May 14 – 18

    What fantastic week and a great start to our long weekend! Find out what CYBF has been up to! Applications for the FuEL Awards & the CYBF Chairman’s Awards for Best Business is open and in one convenient application! Click to apply or nominate someone now! CYBF had a great turnout at the TELUS house […]

  • Flexibility is good for business

    Scott Walton is the founder of Saint John, New Brunswick-based Enovex Technology Ltd., a sustainability-focused start-up developing a new class of gas production absorbents. He is also a Canadian delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Mexico this June. As a leader of a high-tech company, Scott knows that flexibility in the work place is […]

  • Flexibility means ‘transferable skills’ and ‘work-life balance’

    Sidney Halpern, Chartered Accountant, Winnipeg, MB, CYBF MentorFlexibility in the workplace is vital for success. There are many facets to flexibility but I will discuss what I believe to be the two most important – transferable skills and work-life balance.To continue growing your career, it’s important to focus on building skills that are transferable and […]

  • How would $100,000 change YOUR business?

    Angela Quinton, Down to Earth Labs (formerly Sandberg Labs), Lethbridge, ABLast year, our company, Lethbridge, Alberta-based Down to Earth Labs (formerly Sandberg Labs), was selected as the winner of a $100,000 grant through the ‘The Challenge’ contest sponsored by TELUS and the Globe and Mail. Along with the grant came a lot of great publicity […]

  • Screening candidates: Carefully describe what you are seeking

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, tesh@shaw.caManaging Corporate Culture article seriesIn my last article, Ensuring the right people are in the right jobs, I listed the three key activities that need to be undertaken to properly screen a candidate for a position in your organization. Before discussing each of these activities you must be sure […]

  • The Week that was – May 7- 11

    What a wonderful week at CYBF. It felt like it just flew by! Find out what happened! #CYBF surpasses two significant milestones – 5,000 young entrepreneurs and spurring 20,000 jobs! The Spin Master Innovation Fund closed their applications this week. Thank you to everyone who helped us promote and to those who applied!! May’s #TELUSchallenge […]

  • Driving Entrepreneurship – Creating Canadian Jobs!

    CYBF surpasses two significant milestones – supported 5,000 young entrepreneurs and spurring the creation of 20,000 jobsIn its last fiscal quarter, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) has achieved and surpassed two significant milestones: successfully supporting more than 5,000 young entrepreneurs and spurring the creation of more than 20,000 jobs since its inception in 1996. […]

  • The Week that was – April 30 – May 4

    It feels like we blinked and its now May! CYBF is celebrating spring, our initiatives are growing! CYBF announced their official Canadian Delegation to G20 YES Mexico – We’re taking Canadian entrepreneurs global! Innovative startups! There is 1 week left to apply for Spin Master Innovation Fund – $50K financing & learn from expert mentors! CYBF is […]

  • Avoiding financial spreadsheet mistakes: Data links, formulae

    Simon Selkrig, Strategize Financial Modelling,, Montreal, QCArticle series: Avoiding financial spreadsheet mistakesPart 3 of 3Spaghetti soup of data linksA common mistake in preparing a business’ financial spreadsheets is creating a whole new spreadsheet rather than simply rolling over the document from the previous year. It may seem innocuous, but it can result in data […]

  • Why write a business plan?

    Shauna Madsen, Madsen Avenue, Edmonton, AB, CYBF MentorCreating a formal business plan is a daunting task. In large corporations, a team of individuals develop plans annually and typically across various departments – based on budgets, departmental goals and marketing plans.Small businesses do not always have the luxury of a team to take on the task […]

  • Ensuring the right people are in the right jobs

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, tesh@shaw.caManaging Corporate Culture article seriesThe most critical responsibility of a CEOs and managers is to make sure the right people are in the right jobs. Nothing else matters if this function is not performed better than any other in an organization. Without the right people in the right jobs […]

  • The Week that was – April 23 – 27

    What a great week for CYBF! We are booming with entrepreneurial activities! CYBF National office was a full house! We welcomed our Regional Directors to our Toronto office for their quarterly meetings. We hope you had a fantastic 3 days! Innovation, innovation, innovation! Find out what is buzzing around in the innovation world. TELUS teamed […]

  • Innovation, innovation, innovation!

    There are new opportunities announced all the time to help innovative start-ups in Canada thrive! Innovation is important to our country and our economy and when it comes to supporting these start-ups, Canada ranks among the world’s best.A recent article in Techvibes listed the Top 25 Technology Startup Ecosystems in the world. Three Canadian cities […]

  • The week that was – April 16-20

    What an exciting week it was! Here are some for the great initiatives and activities: National Volunteer Week – Thank you to all CYBF mentors and volunteers for the work you do to support youth entrepreneurship! Applications opened for CYBF’s Chairman’s Awards for Best Business and the FuEL Awards. TELUS and CYBF announced that they […]

  • TELUS teams up with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation to support young entrepreneurs across Canada

    TELUS donation will launch seven new businessesTELUS and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) announced today a milestone campaign that will help young entrepreneurs launch businesses across Canada.TELUS is donating up to $150,000 to CYBF to help seven young entrepreneurs start and succeed in their business venture. For every person that attends a TELUS Challenge […]

  • The most critical outsourcing that you’ll ever do – Recruiting firms

    Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF Mentor, tesh@shaw.caManaging Corporate Culture article seriesWithout a doubt, the most poorly performed function by managers as a whole (including CEOs) is the recruiting and screening of candidates for employment within their companies, particularly for management positions.The vast majority of managers view this function as a major inconvenience – many to […]

  • Working with partners to build a business

    Working with partners to build a businessAnne Forkutza worked with Tammy Olsson and Blair Kennedy to launch Domo Enterprise, an innovative, Vancouver-based tea company which received support in 2011 through CYBF’s Spin Master Innovation Fund. Anne believes that working with partners to build Domo presents some unique challenges and opportunities. She has this advice for […]