Time to NOT Find a Job – Canadian Youth Business Foundation Encouraging Entrepreneurship

Time to NOT Find a Job – Canadian Youth Business Foundation Encouraging Entrepreneurship

Series of workshops and networking events supported by the Government of Alberta

Calgary, AB September 23, 2013 – The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is teaming up with the Government of Alberta to raise awareness about entrepreneurship and to provide support to young entrepreneurs in communities across Alberta. Five events are being held in communities across the province – Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House. Each event includes a workshop, networking and a keynote presentation by either Carol McBee of Mommy Connections Inc and WECAN (Bossy Mama) or Zahra Al-Harazi of Foundry Communications.

Designed for new and aspiring entrepreneurs in both urban and rural communities, the events will cover the process of starting a business, the tools needed to succeed and offer the opportunity to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. The goals of the events are to educate young people about the process of starting a successful business, to recognize entrepreneurship as a viable option for success and foster a culture of entrepreneurial spirit in Alberta.

“Entrepreneurs, especially young ones are our future, they will lead the change in how we innovate, how we create, how we build,” says Zahra Al-Harazi Young, award winning entrepreneur, Foundry Communications and keynote speaker. “Entrepreneurs are unleashing their ideas and turning them into promising new startups—solving global challenges and strengthening economic stability everywhere.”

The inspiration to start a business can come from many aspects of life, including the desire for greater work life balance. At the events, participants will learn about how to take their big idea and shape it in to a viable business.

“Many people become entrepreneurs after a significant life change be it losing a job, difficult economies, having a baby or even retiring,” said Carol McBee, President, Mommy Connections Inc & WECAN and keynote speaker. “I started my first company after moving back to Canada from the US. Years later, it was the life change of having a baby and discovering a need of programming for moms and babies. 4 years later with more than 25 Mommy Connections locations across Canada, I am officially unemployable!”

For further information about the events or the RSVP to attend, please visit www.cybf.ca/ab Carol McBee, Zahra Al-Harazi and CYBF representatives are available for interview, please contact Nicolee Tattersall, ntattersall@cybf.ca.


About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation – Canada’s Entrepreneur Gateway
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship, is a founding member of the global G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA), the Canadian member of the Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian Host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-24, 2013). Visit www.cybf.ca.


About the Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment. www.alberta.ca


Nicolee Tattersall
Manager, Media Relations

Rob Price
Director, Alberta