Putting the spotlight on entrepreneurship
TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Tonight the Canadian Youth Business
Foundation (CYBF) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
(CFIB) will be celebrating entrepreneurs and the Year of the Entrepreneur with a special event in Toronto. The Honourable Maxime Bernier,
Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) will be speaking at the
event and presenting awards to three outstanding Canadian business
Taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and with the federal
government's designation of 2011 as the Year of the Entrepreneur, this event further spotlights and highlights the great contributions
small- and medium-sized businesses make to Canada. "They are the
driving force of this country and indeed the global economy.
Entrepreneurs are what keep communities vibrant," said Vivian Prokop,
president and CEO of CYBF.
"This evening will be a great opportunity to not only recognize, but to
thank all past, present and future entrepreneurs whose innovations and
contributions to Canada have truly restored hope, jobs and stability
despite a slow and fragile economy," said Catherine Swift, CFIB
president and CEO.
"Our government recognizes and values the power of the Canadian
entrepreneurs who drive our economy forward. It is for this reason we
designated 2011 the Year of the Entrepreneur," said Minister of State Bernier. "Congratulations to all of the award
winners being celebrated as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Entrepreneurs hold the keys to Canada's future economic success."
The Spotlight on Entrepreneurs event would not be possible without the
support of the following valued sponsors and partners: Scotiabank Small
Business, National Post, Chase Paymentech, BDC and KPMG Enterprise.
About the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by EntrepreneursTM. Established in 1971, CFIB takes direction from more than 108,000
members in every sector nationwide, giving independent business a
strong and influential voice at all levels of government and helping to
grow the economy.
About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) - Canada's Entrepreneur Gateway
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the 'go to' place for
youth entrepreneurship. As a national charity, we are dedicated to
growing Canada's economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at
character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-34, with
pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and
mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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CFIB Media Contact:
Manager, Public Affairs
Phone: 416-222-8022 x268
CYBF Media Contact:
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 866-646-2922 x2111