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MONTREAL, April 1 – The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is looking for top business entrepreneurs aged 19 to 35 from across Canada for the 2008 Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA), which will be presented on October 21st at a ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, during Small Business Week(R). Thirteen award winners, one from each province and territory, will be recognized for their business and leadership accomplishments. This year, two special awards will also be presented to YEA winners. The Export Excellence Award will be presented to the winner with the most outstanding export objectives, strategies and results. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award will also be presented to the winner whose company stands out in terms of practices and policies promoting environmental protection, sound human resources management or community well being.
The winners will be selected by a panel of business people, entrepreneurs, members of Chambers of Commerce and BDC representatives. The following selection criteria apply to all nominees: the originality of the business concept, its success, growth potential, and social involvement. The panel also considers the entrepreneur’s age when the business was started and any special challenges that were overcome. Nominees from previous years may enter again for the same or another business. For detailed information on selection criteria, visit www.bdc.ca/yea.
Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves. Application forms can be downloaded from BDC’s Web site at www.bdc.ca/yea. To obtain a printed version, entrepreneurs may visit any BDC branch or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Nominations must be received by May 30, 2008. For information concerning Small Business Week or the Young Entrepreneur Awards, you may call 1 888 INFO BDC (1 888 463-6232) or visit www.bdc.ca.
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 financing, investment and consulting solutions.
(R) Small Business Week is a registered trademark of BDC.
For further information: Johanne Bissonnette, Media Relations Manager, BDC, (514) 283-7929, email@example.com
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