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    BDC wants top, young entrepreneurial talent for its 20th Young
    Entrepreneur Awards

    MONTREAL, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - BDC is looking for top business
entrepreneurs aged 19 to 35 from across Canada for the 2007 Young Entrepreneur
Awards (YEA), which will be presented on October 16th at a ceremony in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, during Small Business Week. Thirteen award winners, one
for each province and territory, will see their business and leadership
accomplishments honoured under the theme "A world without boundaries, open to
new markets".
    This year, two special awards will also be presented during BDC's Small
Business Week. YEA winners will be eligible for the Export Excellence Award.
The prize will be presented to the winner with the most outstanding export
results. The Business Transition Award will also be awarded to highlight the
important generational change that is occurring among Canadian entrepreneurs.
It will recognize the seller and buyer of a business that has successfully
changed hands from one generation to the next. Entrepreneurs from all ages can
enter to win the Business Transition Award.

    Selection criteria

    The winners are 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 had to be faced. Nominees from previous years may enter again
for the same or another business. For detailed information on selection
criteria, visit www.bdc.ca/yea.

    Nomination procedure

    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 yea@bdc.ca.
Nominations must be received by June 6, 2007. 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.

    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.

    Small Business Week is a registered trademark of BDC.




For further information:

For further information: Eva Boucher-Hartling, Media Relations Manager,
BDC, (514) 283-7929, eva.boucher-hartling@bdc.ca


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