Canadian small businesses will embark on the ride of a lifetime to
deliver Canada's Longest Elevator Pitch
TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - Visa announced today the launch of 'Canada's
Longest Elevator Pitch' contest, which gives Canadian small business
owners the opportunity to win a $10,000 credit on a Visa® Business card. The contest invites Canadian
small business owners to compete for a chance to present their best
elevator pitches to a panel of small business experts in the most
fitting location - during an actual 60-second elevator ride in
Toronto's luxurious One King West Hotel and Residences.
"If fate ever placed you in an elevator with your dream investor, making
a successful elevator pitch is the key to a strong first impression,"
says says Matthew Corrin, Founder and CEO of restaurant chain, Freshii,
and judge for Canada's Longest Elevator Pitch. "Small businesses are
the backbone of Canada's economy, and having a short and powerful pitch
describing what your business does and how it disrupts the status quo
is one of the most important tools a successful business owner can
Pitch for the Chance to go Up…Up…and Get Paid!
Until June 20, 2011, small business owners across Canada are invited to
submit a 1000-character elevator pitch online at www.visa.ca/gobiz for a chance to win $10,000. Five finalists will be chosen by a panel
of judges who are no strangers to what it takes to build a strong
business from the ground up, including Sarah Prevette, founder of Sprouter.com, an online counseling platform for small businesses and start-ups;
Daniel Klass, Venture Capitalist and owner of Klass Capital; Stéphane
Lavallée, vice president, Business Solutions Division, and publisher of Groupe Les
Affaires at Media Transcontinental as well as Matthew Corrin.
"Visa is giving small businesses the opportunity to make a pitch to help
grow their business," says Brenda Woods, Head of Marketing, Visa
Canada. "It will be exciting to see the ideas contestants bring to the
table - or in this case, the elevator."
The finalists will present their elevator pitch to the judging panel
during a 60-second elevator ride on July 12, 2011. The winner will then
be announced at a reception being held at One King West Hotel and
Residences, and will be featured on www.visa.ca/gobiz in addition to receiving a $10,000 credit on their Visa Business card.
Helping Small Businesses Efficiently Manage their Finances
All Canadian small business owners who are Visa Business cardholders are
eligible to enter the contest, The Visa Business card is an efficient
and convenient way for businesses to manage cash flow and expenses.
Convenient for everyday travel and entertainment, office supplies,
business costs and access to cash, it also allows small businesses to
better manage their expenses.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. For more information, full
contest rules and to enter, please visit www.visa.ca/gobiz
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers,
businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200
countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital
currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most
advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more
than 20,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers
and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not
issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's
innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to
offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with
prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.
SOURCE VISA Canada Corporation
For further information:
Carla Hindman, Visa Canada, 416-860-8869, firstname.lastname@example.org
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