YouInc Canadian Entrepreneur eCommunityArlene Dickinson, owner of Venture Communications, author, and star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den, has launched an online Canadian entrepreneur community. was in beta until their October 2nd full launch with enhanced features.  The site focuses on the lifestyle of Canadian entrepreneurs, while also facilitating networking and mentorship.

“Over the years, I have witnessed first-hand the trend towards an entrepreneurial culture in Canada. We are entering the entrepreneurial economy, a new era that will help build the future of our Country and increase our ability to compete globally,” Ms. Dickinson posted on her blog. “I believe that, as our economy evolves, we must encourage, celebrate and embrace what makes entrepreneurs unique and also provide them with the resources, support and tools necessary for increased success. Entrepreneurialism is a way of life where work and life are totally integrated. Entrepreneurialism is, in fact, a lifestyle choice.”

Members of enjoy an array of interactive community features:

  • Group Blog
  • Virtual Research Groups
  • Ask an Expert
  • Profiles
  • Social Media Integration also plans to offer a diverse selection of content, including video, infographics, columns, and more.  The new design is a great improvement over the beta version aesthetically and the navigation is more user-friendly.   I’m disappointed that the discussion forum appears to have been discontinued, but perhaps they plan to relaunch that later.

Canadian entrepreneurs have needed an active online community for a long time.  We’re spread out across a large country with many remote areas, leaving entrepreneurs feeling somewhat isolated.  We need the support of our peers, mentorship, and access to Canadian resources to help guide us to success.  The community compliments our mission for Canadians Internet Business and we encourage you to join.

Bonus:  Join and share this month to be entered to win some great prizes, including a Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet, Samsung SmartPhones, and $100 Scotiabank prepaid Visa cards.

I’m not at all impressed by fame and fortune.  What impresses me about Arlene Dickinson is her business mind and how she clawed her way to the top.  I respect her determination, ideals and accomplishments.  I am confident that she will make a success, and facilitate the success of many Canadian entrepreneurs along the way.  Stop by to say hello to her and your fellow Canadian entrepreneurs, including myself.

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Still a little buggy but it should be a good resource. I’m a fan of Dragons Den and I was just thinking I should read all the books the dragons published. I think they all have one now. I watch Shark Tank too but it’s really not as good because there’s too much ego on that one.

Alice App

It’s tough to be an entrepreneur in Canada but there’s so many smart cookies here. We need to help each other as much as we can and that way we’ll be successful. Great strt for that in the new community.

Dwayne P.

Another vote for the forum from me. Otherwise I like the new look and ideas on you inc.


I’m looking forward to learning so much on that website. I hope they bring the forum back too. It would make it more of a community. Either way…I’m in.

Annie Pauline

WONDERFUL IDEA! I’ll join up when I’m home.