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November 22, 2010 14:08 ET

Minister of State Moore Congratulates Award Winners as Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), today extended his congratulations to recipients of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) 2010 Chairman's Awards.

"These dynamic entrepreneurs represent the thousands of up-and-coming business people who will lead our economy into the future," said Minister of State Moore. "The Government of Canada applauds their achievements and is proud to support them as they innovate, create jobs and generate wealth across the country."

The CYBF Chairman's Awards recognize the entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and accomplishments of Canada's young business people between the ages of 18 and 34, their mentors, and the community partners who support them. The award winners were announced at the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 15–21.

The 2010 CYBF award winners are as follows:

  • Best Innovative Business Award
    Invenia Technical Computing Corporation
    Matthew Hudson

  • Best Green Business Award
    Solegear Bioplastics Inc.
    Toby Reid

  • Best Female Entrepreneur Award
    Atlantic Cirque
    Anais Guimond

  • Best Socially Minded Business
    Momzelle Nursing Clothing
    Christine Poirier and Vincent Poirier

  • Best Newcomer Business
    La Tortilleria
    Axel Arvizu and Juan Roman

 As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Minister of State Moore also congratulated five honourees announced at the Impact National Conference Gala:

  • Julian Brass, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Notable;
  • Vincent Cheung, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shape Collage;
  • Laura Furtado, Founder and owner of DivaGirl;
  • Natalie MacNeil, Co-Founder of Imaginarius; and
  • Brian Wong, Founder of Kiip.

"Starting a business is never easy, but these award winners provide inspiration to their peers," said Minister of State Moore. "Along with the CYBF Chairman's Award winners, they exemplify the best our country has to offer, turning their skills and ambitious ideas into new businesses and commercial success."

For more information on the awards, please visit the CYBF website (

For more information on the Impact awards, please visit the Impact website (

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Celebrating Entrepreneurship in Canada

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual international celebration to promote youth entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are a source of change and progress; they seize opportunities and turn their ideas into commercial successes. Entrepreneurs create ventures that benefit their communities and, as such, deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Entrepreneurship Week Canada is aligned with Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place from November 15 to 21, 2010.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the foundation of the economy because they account for 99 percent of all businesses in Canada. As of 2009, SMEs employed approximately 5.1 million Canadians. A quarter of Canada's gross domestic product is provided by small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and this amount has been increasing.

Industry Canada defines small businesses as having fewer than 100 employees, while medium-sized businesses have from 100 to 499 employees. Canada has one of the highest rates of small businesses entering the marketplace among industrialized countries — approximately 130 000 new small businesses are created annually. Small businesses employed 48 percent of the labour force in 2009. In the same year, small business employees in Canada earned around $723 per week.

The survival rate for small businesses in Canada is strong. About 96 percent of small businesses in Canada survive for one full year after they enter the marketplace, 85 percent survive for three years and 70 percent survive for five years. Three quarters of SMEs operate in the service industries, while one quarter is in the goods-producing sector.

SMEs encourage the expansion and prosperity of the Canadian economy and have helped secure a more stable position for Canada during the economic recession. These enterprises extend Canadian international trade because small businesses account for 21 percent of the total value of Canada's exports.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting small businesses and has established programs and services to stimulate economic growth, create more jobs for Canadians and help businesses compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

Access to Financing

As the economy recovers, one of the greatest concerns for business, and young entrepreneurs in particular, is access to credit.

Young entrepreneurs are the future of Canadian business. Canada's Economic Action Plan provided the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) with $10 million in 2010 to give young entrepreneurs access to business loans and mentoring services to help them start up and operate new businesses. Since 1996, the CYBF has helped more than 3500 young entrepreneurs. Their businesses have generated more than $300 million in sales revenues in this country and have created more than 17 000 new jobs.

The Canada Small Business Financing (CSBF) Program makes it easier for businesses to obtain loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders. The CSBF Program delivers approximately $1 billion in financing annually through thousands of loans that support start-up businesses and help established enterprises improve and expand. As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the program's maximum loan amount was increased from $250 000 to $350 000. And for real estate, the maximum loan amount was raised to $500 000.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) provides 28 000 clients across Canada with complementary financing, venture capital, and consulting and financial services tailored to SMEs. In this capacity, the BDC plays a key role in creating the right conditions for SMEs to grow and prosper.

The Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) enables SMEs to hire qualified student interns to assist with e-business and communications projects by reimbursing up to 75 percent of the students' wage and benefit expenses. At the same time, the SBIP offers promising post-secondary students valuable, hands-on job experience working on e-business and information technology projects under the guidance of entrepreneurs.

Tax Relief

The Government of Canada is providing tax relief measures to help SMEs invest more earnings in development and expansion, which helps to create more jobs. Canada's Economic Action Plan raised the amount of business income eligible for the small business tax rate of 11 percent to $500 000 from $400 000. It provided a two-year, temporary 100-percent capital cost allowance rate for computers acquired after January 27, 2009, and before February 1, 2011. The government has also extended the accelerated capital cost allowance for business investments in machinery and equipment for two years.

Business Services

The Canada Business Network consolidates business resources into one convenient service, providing a single point of access to relevant information from multiple levels of government and not-for-profit organizations to aid in the start-up and growth of small businesses. Renewed funding for Canada Business — $30 million over two years — ensures the continuation of this valuable resource and enhanced service, including the new national Canada Business website.

Another time-saving service for business is BizPaL, which offers entrepreneurs and businesses simplified access to permit and licence information from multiple levels of government. To date, 11 provinces and territories are participating in BizPaL, with more than 460 municipalities offering the service, making it available to over 50 percent of the Canadian population.

Advisory Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Announced in Budget 2010, the Advisory Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE) is a private sector committee mandated to advise the government on a wide range of issues of importance to SMEs, such as reducing paperwork burden and improving business access to federal programs and information. The ACSBE will provide the government with information, advice and recommendations on the most important concerns facing Canada's small businesses.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations