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Nicole Verkindt of OMX recognizes her mentor!

“Our CYBF mentor, Jim Latimer has been a critical part of our start ups success to date. As a third party “uninterested” party, he has been a sounding board for all topics from investor relations, sales, product roadmap and my personal state as a founder. He is extremely entrepreneurial, with so much real life experience, [...]

  • Video Challenge Winner – David Gingera!

    Congratulations to David Gingera, Founder and President of Citigrow in Winnipeg, Manitoba for winning CYBF’s recent Video Challenge! Part of the Action Entrepreneurship Virtual Roundtable, the Video Challenge called for people across Canada to submit a short video answering this question: What three things should be done within the next 24 months to make Canada [...]

  • Sarah Fong of SuiteCity adores her mentor!

    When I started my business, I had a solid business plan in hand, enough industry experience to be called an “expert” in the field and had received $50K in funding from CYBF’s Spin Master Innovation program to launch my business. But, I had no idea how to run a business. Ironic, right? However, executing on [...]

  • Nicole Verkindt of OMX recognizes her mentor!

    “Our CYBF mentor, Jim Latimer has been a critical part of our start ups success to date. As a third party “uninterested” party, he has been a sounding board for all topics from investor relations, sales, product roadmap and my personal state as a founder. He is extremely entrepreneurial, with so much real life experience, [...]

  • Questions: A Mentor’s Most Powerful Tools

    In celebration of National Volunteer week happening from April 6 – 12, 2014, CYBF is celebrating mentors’ valuable contribution to young entrepreneurial success! Below, CYBF’s Mentor-In-Residence, Linda Morana, gives her advice on how to cultivate the art of mentorship from the beginning stages.  If you’re looking for fresh ideas and questions to help launch your mentoring [...]

  • Spotlight! Jean Chow, Business Coach & Strategist at MsBizWiz

    In celebration of National Volunteer week happening from April 6 – 12, 2014, CYBF is celebrating mentors’ valuable contribution to young entrepreneurial success!  As a serial entrepreneur, Jean is focused on her successful professional business coaching career, aptly known on social media as @MsBizWiz. Her entrepreneurial background started from scratch without any culinary qualifications or [...]

  • Reading From Inside and Outside: The Box of Objectivity

    In celebration of National Volunteer week happening from April 6 – 12, 2014, CYBF is celebrating mentors’ valuable contribution to young entrepreneurial success! Why is mentoring important to entrepreneurial success? Francisco Lingad of ANCL Partners, explains his mentee’s experience. Generally to get an objective view of the situation, you need to look at both outside [...]

  • Top 10 Reasons to Use a Mentor

    In celebration of National Volunteer week happening from April 6 – 12, 2014, CYBF is celebrating mentors’ valuable contribution to young entrepreneurial success! Here’s what Cathy Yeomans of Imagine Public Relations, had to say about her mentoring experience. Starting a business is exciting and often we think our dedicated passion will carry us through. However, [...]

  • Nurturing an Entrepreneur: My Mentoring Experience

    In celebration of National Volunteer week happening from April 6 – 12, 2014, CYBF is celebrating mentors’ valuable contribution to young entrepreneurial success! Here’s what Ellis Orlan of SF Partnership LLP had to say about her mentoring experience. Over the past three and a half years, I have had the pleasure of assisting my mentees with [...]

  • Complete CYBF’s Young Entrepreneur Survey!

    As part of the Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise initiative, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) invites you to participate in the Young Entrepreneur Survey. Exclusively for entrepreneurs, the survey asks respondents to prioritize the challenges and opportunities we heard in the face-to-face roundtable events. The findings will help zero in on the most promising ideas for the [...]

  • Registrations now open for the Action Entrepreneurship Virtual Roundtable!

    Have your say and help expand youth entrepreneurship in Canada! Join Canada’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs, business and non-profit leaders, policy makers and educators for the Action Entrepreneurship Virtual Roundtable. Happening March 10 to 21, 2014 and hosted by Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), the Action Entrepreneurship Virtual Roundtable is your chance to discuss [...]

  • Don’t Get Left Behind: Keeping up with Consumer Trends

    The retail landscape looks quite different today than it did 10 years ago. The way that consumers shop has dramatically altered; from shopping on the high streets, to out of town shopping centres to more recently using the World Wide Web to find purchases. Now, it is seen as the norm for family and friends [...]

  • 5 Tips to Change Your Business Strategy

    Your business strategy is part of your company’s long term plans. Needless to say that if you’re changing the direction of your company, you first have to analyze and evaluate your current situation to determine if a change is truly necessary. Changing your business strategy should be well planned and implemented slowly, step-by-step. Set up [...]

  • Helpful Tips on Forming Partnerships

    Picking a partner can have many pitfalls and many benefits. When you have the right chemistry a whole new entity is formed. The enthusiasm often feeds off of itself and can get you through times of both low inspiration and difficult challenges. Ideally, one partner brings something the other lacks. I’ve seen instances where a [...]

  • Overcoming Early Challenges as Entrepreneurs: Experience Headphones

    Experience Headphones is a Speciality retailer focusing on high-end, high fashion headphones lines. The 5 core values are: uniqueness, exclusivity, quality, comfortability, and fashionability. Every headphone sold in the store is available for customers to try on, listen to, and view in the mirror. Dean Horsfield and Eric Morin held the grand opening for Experience [...]