A Mounted Full-size Wolf and Young Aboriginal Entrepreneurs From Across the Country Have Arrived in Halifax for The 2007 E-Spirit Business Plan Competition

by NationTalk on May 14, 2007921 Views

BDC’s E-Spirit promotes entrepreneurship to Aboriginal youth in Canada

HALIFAX, May 14 – Over 200 Aboriginal high school students are meeting in Halifax for BDC’s annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal youth business plan competition from May 14 to 16. The grade 10 to 12 students come from as far as Port Alberni, BC in the West; Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut in the North and Eskasoni, Nova Scotia in the East. For the 16 weeks leading up to the competition, students worked hard to develop their business plans. Three teams will be awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes at the E-Spirit Awards Gala. Over the past 7 years, E-Spirit has exposed more than 3000 Aboriginal youth to the potential of entrepreneurship and the Internet at the Aboriginal community grass roots level.

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Interviews may be arranged with:

a) Aboriginal students and teachers from across Canada
b) Gilbert Sewell, Mi’Kmaq Elder
c) Jim Richardson, National Director, Aboriginal Banking, BDC
d) Robert Lavallee, E-Spirit Alumni

About BDC

BDC is a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada. BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses through its complementary financial, investment and consulting solutions.

For more information on E-Spirit, visit www.bdc.ca/espirit.

For further information: Eva Boucher-Hartling, BDC Media Relations Manager, (514) 283-7929, Cell.: (514) 582-8295, eva.boucher-hartling@bdc.ca; Rachelle Boudreau, The Gabor Group, (416) 961-1757, ext. 8, Cell.: (416) 347-6866, rachelle@gabor.net

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