Canadian Youth Business Foundation

Canadian Youth Business Foundation

October 24, 2013 16:09 ET

Saskatchewan's Skilled Tradespeople to Get Career Boost with Entrepreneurship in the Skilled Trades Initiative: A Partnership of CYBF and the Government of Saskatchewan

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2013) - Students and 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 in partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and the Government of Saskatchewan, provides workshops, mentoring, start-up financing, networking opportunities and online resources to Saskatchewan-based skilled tradespeople between 18 and 39 who are interested in gaining the entrepreneurial skills needed to run their own business.

Being held in Saskatoon, Regina and Yorkton, a series of workshops will offer welders, construction electricians, hairstylists, carpenters, automotive technicians and many more people 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 trades people 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 working with the Government of Saskatchewan through this initiative to foster job creation and economic growth in communities across the province."

"Our entrepreneurs are hardworking people and we are committed to supporting programs that help them improve their business skills and provide start-up financing," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Our economy is strong and growing and we want our entrepreneurs to take advantage of the many opportunities available in Saskatchewan."

Five introductory workshops will be held for post-secondary students currently in a skilled trades program from November - February (with more dates for the Spring session to be added), and three two-day educational sessions will be offered to post-graduates of a skilled trades program from December - March. 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

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    Office: 416-408-2923 ext. 2208
    Cell: 647-405-2923