BNN's Small Business Week Transforms Canada, One Idea at a Time, Oct. 15-19

- Canada's Business News Network launches Bell's Salute to Small Business Contest -

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TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - This week, Business News Network features innovative Canadian small businesses, and addresses the challenges they face to be a success. With 48% of Canadians employed by companies with 100 or fewer employees, small businesses mean big business to the Canadian economy. BNN and co-sponsor Bell salute these 1.1 million Canadian businesses with a week of features during SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, beginning today and airing throughout the week, October 15-19 at 4:40 p.m. ET on BNN.

BNN's SMALL BUSINESS WEEK captures the key steps of the entrepreneurial journey, telling the stories of both seasoned and budding companies. Viewers will learn about these smaller operations, will be able to ask questions, and learn from one another's mistakes in the small business marketplace.

"Not only do small Canadian businesses create jobs for Canadians, but they also capture the entrepreneurial spirit that has helped build this country," said Jack Fleischmann, General Manager, BNN. "The 1.1 million small businesses in Canada are a fundamental part of the Canadian economy."

Beginning on SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, small businesses can get a boost with Bell's Salute to Small Business Contest - a chance for businesses to win $25,000 in services to help their business grow. Small business owners, employees and customers can visit bell.ca/wesalutesmallbiz for more details on this contest, and to enter or nominate a business.

"Bell supports small businesses in Canada not just during SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, but every week of the year," said Heather Tulk, Senior Vice President Bell Business Markets. "Bell is committed to helping small businesses grow and our Salute to Small Business Contest is just one way that we hope to be able to achieve that objective."

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About BNN

BNN - Business News Network is Canada's only television service devoted exclusively to business and finance news with wall-to-wall coverage of the markets. The network features the only televised stock ticker with real-time data from the TSX, NYSE and NASDAQ. BNN provides Canadian investors with the latest business news, newsmaker interviews and stock market analyses. BNN is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.  For more information about BNN, visit www.bnn.ca.

About Bell

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.

The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell product and service information, please visit Bell.ca. For Bell Media, please visit BellMedia.ca. For BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca.

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For further information:

Renee Dupuis, BNN, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca
Shannon Gallagher, BNN, 416.384.4623 or shannon.gallagher@bellmedia.ca