CFIB, CYBF and Small Business Minister celebrate with Canada's entrepreneurs

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 leaders.

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 business.


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For more information, or to receive photos, please contact: 

CFIB Media Contact:                                                                    
Gisele Lumsden
Manager, Public Affairs
Phone: 416-222-8022 x268
Cell: 647-808-5769

CYBF Media Contact: 
Rachel Azagury
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 866-646-2922 x2111
Cell: 647-834-2923

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