It's the time of year that most people are preparing for Christmas, considering presents to buy for friends and family, and planning their vacation days. Not so at CF Sunrise!
CF Sunrise staff has been busy with their 11th Annual YouthBiz contest. YouthBiz is a business competition designed for grade 6-12 students in the CF Sunrise region. By entering the YouthBiz contest, young people are able to experience what it may be like to own their own small business. Students simply complete a short business plan, financial plan and marketing materials for their imagined (or real!) business. They then submit their entry and have a panel of YouthBiz Judges review their work. Prize money is presented to the top award winners.
"YouthBiz is our signature youth entrepreneurship program at CF Sunrise. Over the last 11 years, CF Sunrise staff has work with schools, parents and students to help young people discover and explore entrepreneurship. YouthBiz has allowed approximately 2,000 young people to dream big, pick an interesting business idea and write about it over the years. That's a huge number of creative minds, open to the opportunities that entrepreneurship may present. The contest also connects these fresh minds to the business community - the judges are volunteers from the business community in the region - and the results are amazing! The judges provide guidance through feedback on every YouthBiz entry that is submitted. That commitment to mentoring future entrepreneurs is invaluable!" comments Verna O'Neill, CF Sunrise general manager.
The 2017 YouthBiz contest submission deadline was November 16th at 4pm. YouthBiz judges are now busy with the evaluation process, and award winners will be announced by December 18, 2017.
"I truly wish there could be many more students recognized for the hard work and creativity they put into their YouthBiz entries. YouthBiz awards 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to students in two categories: Grade 6-8 and Grade 9-12. This is only possible because of the generous support of YouthBiz sponsors. We're very thankful for these organizations that have demonstrated they value youth entrepreneurship just as much as CF Sunrise does:
Weyburn Credit Union Information Services Corporation
Affinity Credit Union SaskTel
The 2017 YouthBiz award winners will be announced online: https://cfsask.ca/sunrise/sunrise-services#YouthBiz . Stay tuned!