Young Entrepreneurs

The Surrey Board of Trade has developed programs to advance and support youth. For more information, please contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade at

A Portrait of Canadian Youth

Grades 9 -12 Students – Surrey Board of Trade

Project Enterprise

Young people implement real social enterprises and discover their ability to be change makers with Project Enterprise. This exciting experiential learning program challenges grades 9-12 students to redefine success in business from an exclusive focus on profits to one that prioritizes People, Planet and Profits (Three Ps). Students gain practical experience with organization, communication, creativity and teamwork while building business ventures that make a positive contribution towards the common good. Whether coming up with a product that is environmentally friendly or one that addresses a social issue, they are encouraged to innovate, problem-solve and think outside the box.

About 300 secondary students in Surrey participated in Spring 2017 with the support of a Community Grant from Coast Capital Savings. Taking business ideas from concept to completion, helped participants develop an entrepreneurial mindset and a sense of civic engagement. One student said, “Entrepreneurship is about making a difference. It’s about bringing innovation to the world and following through to see your impact being made.”

Sponsored Generously by Coast Capital Savings

Grades 4 to 8 students – Surrey Board of Trade PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs®

With PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs®, Grades 4 to 8 students have fun discovering their passions, talents and interests as they explore the world of business. They gain hands-on experience and discover that entrepreneurship is a skill set that can add to their success in all areas of life. They build confidence in their abilities and develop practical skills such as critical thinking, communications and creative thinking. Over a six-week period, young entrepreneurs develop business plans, complete market research, create products and prepare marketing materials. The enterprising students then showcase their achievements and earn real money. By donating a portion of their profits to charity, they also learn about the importance of social responsibility.

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PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs® is on the Surrey School District’s list of recommended resources and is in strong demand in elementary schools throughout Surrey. It is a flexible model that makes it easy for teachers to accommodate a variety of abilities, interests and learning styles while its exciting real-world approach captures the imagination of students who do not respond to traditional teaching methods. With this project, students will be challenged to be innovative and to demonstrate “best” practices as they plan and implement their own business ventures.

Specific implementation details are:

  1. The School Experience
    PPS would be responsible for coordinating with the participating elementary school, facilitating teacher training, providing ongoing support and supplying easy-to-use materials. Teachers would receive a turnkey resource package (teacher manual, DVD, student workbooks and parent information) to support implementation. They also have access to a professional development session (live and webinar formats are available) that highlights experiential learning techniques, real-life success stories and tips for implementation.In elementary schools, students showcase their achievements at the Young Entrepreneur Show. This exciting event is attended by all other students in the participating school and is also open to the wider school community. Teachers, parents, grandparents and special guests (who may include elected officials, school district employees, local business people and the media) are often invited to attend.PPS will also collect feedback from teachers, students and parents, and then prepare a report about the impact of the project. The results will be used exclusively to generate interest and funding for future program offerings in Surrey.
  2. The Pitch Event
    In keeping with this Challenge’s theme of Innovation, participants in the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs® program with the most creative business ideas and best practices will be shortlisted to attend a special coaching and mentorship session with Bill Roche and the Surrey Board of Trade. This session will be designed by PPS to help students take their entrepreneurial ventures to the next level and prepare for their final pitches. Board of Trade staff and local business owners will be able to pass on their ideas and business expertise to a younger generation of Surrey entrepreneurs. Topics will include designing a convincing business pitch and refining their business plans. A Pitch and Awards Event will follow up the coaching session (location, date and prize structure to be decided). Anita Huberman and Bill Roche will host (and/or be judges for) this exciting event, which will be open to families and other supporters.


  1. Providing highly engaging, real-world learning experiences that help students of all ages build confidence in their abilities to be successful with money and business.
  2. Supporting elementary in Surrey with tools, resources and training that will enable them to teach entrepreneurship and financial concepts with ease while personalizing instruction for diverse groups of learners.
  3. Providing an expanded learning opportunity for select students that involves meeting and networking with Board of Trade mentors and receiving special coaching in 21st century skills for business success including organization, public speaking and marketing tips and techniques.

Top 25 Under 25 AwardsSurrey's Top 25 Under 25

The Surrey Board of Trade recognizes business and community minded people under the age of 25, either working in Surrey or working on a business or community related project in/for Surrey. The top 25 nominees are annually recognized as a role model for their community at an awards reception. Nominations are due in March with the event taking place in April.

FuLL details and nomination information

The Judging Criteria is:

  • Must be working on/worked on a business or community project in Surrey (including students) and/or;
  • Must be working in the Surrey business community and/or;
  • Must be contributing/ have recently contributed to a business or community related project in Surrey; and
  • Must be 25 years of age or younger prior to the event date.

Marketing Support Service in Partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Business have developed the Partners-in-Marketing program. The program provides your business with the opportunity to work with motivated students and experienced faculty in solving their marketing problems. Students learn from “real world” marketing situations and SBOT members can receive analysis and recommendations on how best to address their marketing needs. Students are supervised by expert university faculty with extensive industry and educational backgrounds.  Members can apply to work with faculty led student teams on a variety of projects including:

  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Conducting market research
  • Creating an integrated marketing communications program
  • Conducting an overall marketing assessment and consulting plan
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This is at no charge to members of the Surrey Board of Trade. You can apply for free for quality marketing support for your business.

Please go to for more information on how to apply. Any questions, please contact:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Surrey Board of Trade

Student Membership

Connect With Employers – Expand Your Business-Networks.

Students can join the Surrey Board of Trade and receive value added privileges. The benefits of full membership will not be realized, however, connecting with Surrey’s business community and having access to information are both valuable tools. Students must show a valid student ID card.


  • Member pricing and access to 2 free networking events per month
  • Distinguished speakers
  • Networking events
  • Training and education
  • Plus much more!

For more information, please contact: Indra Bhan:  604.581.7130

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University and College Business Plan Competitions

The Surrey Board of Trade partners with SFU’s Venture Connection Program to provide an effective and engaging means to introduce a variety of business-related subjects to new audiences. These competitions generate tangible benefits for winners as an opportunity to turn their business proposition into reality. Social Enterprises are also promoted.

Youth – Community Involvement

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Resources for Youth

Youth Groups

Youth Transforming Society (YTS)