Canadian Youth Business Foundation

Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba
Entrepreneurship Manitoba

Entrepreneurship Manitoba

October 29, 2013 12:31 ET

Manitoba's Skilled Tradespeople to Get Career Boost with Entrepreneurship in the Skilled Trades Initiative

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2013) - Graduates of skilled trades educational and apprenticeship programs are being offered a new set of tools to complement the skills of their trade and build a business through Entrepreneurship in the Skilled Trades. This initiative, presented by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and supported by the Government of Manitoba, provides workshops, mentoring, start-up financing, networking opportunities and online resources to Manitoba-based skilled tradespeople between 18 and 39 who are interested in gaining the entrepreneurial skills needed to run their own business.

Being held in Brandon and Winkler, a series of workshops will offer welders, construction electricians, hairstylists, carpenters, automotive technicians and many more tradespeople ways to develop entrepreneurial thinking that can be applied to both starting a business and becoming a better employee. Topics include effective business planning, financing, hiring employees, and marketing. Participants can also apply to receive up to $45,000 in start-up financing as well as one-on-one expert mentoring to help launch their businesses through CYBF's Start-up Program.

"This program is designed to help skilled tradespeople thrive in their industry and to strengthen the essential business planning skills that will serve them well throughout their career," said Julia Deans, CEO of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this initiative to foster job creation and economic growth in communities across the province."

"Part of being an entrepreneur is gaining expertise in business planning, money management and directing operations," said Joelle Foster, Director of Manitoba of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. "So rather than the learning curve relying on trial and error, CYBF is proactively offering to support Manitobans in the skilled trades."

"We are pleased to be part of this important investment in job creation," said Minister of Jobs and the Economy Theresa Oswald, who noted the province is contributing $20,000. "This will help support people to develop the skills they need to be competitive when they start a business in their trade, which complements the Province's Journeyperson Business Start Program that provides up to $2,500 to skilled journeypersons to start a business in rural Manitoba."

Two, two-day educational sessions will be offered to post-graduates of a skilled trades program from December - January. For more information about the program, access to resources such as sample business plans or to register for the workshops please visit

About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing Canada'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, low-interest financing of up to $15,000, and industry-leading mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. CYBF's co-financing partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada, leverages CYBF's application process to provide up to $30,000 in additional support for CYBF entrepreneurs.

Established in 1996, CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship. CYBF is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince's Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (being held November 18-24 in 2013).

Contact Information

  • Media contact: Canadian Youth Business Foundation
    Nicolee Tattersall
    Manager, Media Relations
    416-408-2923 ext. 2208 or Cell: 647-405-2923