Are you a young Canadian entrepreneur looking for recognition? - Applications for BDC's 2009 Young Entrepreneur Awards are open until June 24



    MONTREAL, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Business Development Bank of Canada
(BDC) is looking for young Canadian entrepreneurs aged 19 to 35 for the 2009
Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA). The YEA pay tribute to outstanding Canadian
young entrepreneurs who have distinguished themselves not only by their
success in business, but also by their creativity, innovative spirit and
community involvement. There will be one YEA per province and territory.
    The winners will be announced on October 20 during a gala that will take
place in Ottawa, Ontario during Small Business Week(R).
    The YEA winners will also be eligible for two special awards. The Export
Development Canada Export Excellence Award will be presented to the company
with the most outstanding export objectives, strategies and results. The
Deloitte Corporate Social Responsibility Award will honour a company that
stands out in terms of practices and policies promoting environmental
protection, sound human resources management or community well being.

    Selection criteria

    The winners will be selected by provincial panels of business people,
entrepreneurs, members of Chambers of Commerce and BDC representatives. The
following selection criteria apply to all candidates: the originality of the
business concept, 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. Candidates from previous years may
re-enter the competition.
    Every entrepreneur that applies for a YEA will receive a copy of the book
entitled "Financing Toolkit for Small and Medium Businesses," published by the
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and sponsored by BDC. The toolkit
is a valuable guide for businesses who are looking to tap into the many
sources of financing that are available and who are looking for practical
advice to navigate in today's challenging economic climate.

    Nomination procedure

    Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves or be nominated by an individual,
association or organization, or by a representative of provincial or local
government. Nomination 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 email to yea@bdc.ca. Nominations must be received by June
24, 2009. For additional information about the Young Entrepreneur Awards or
Small Business Week call 1 888 INFO BDC (1 888 463-6232) or visit
www.bdc.ca/yea

    2009 Young Entrepreneur Awards and Small Business Week partners

    Platinum partners of the 2009 Young Entrepreneur Awards and Small
Business Week are Deloitte and Export Development Canada. Gold partners are:
Borden, Ladner, Gervais, and Maclean's.

    About Export Development Canada

    Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada's export credit agency. The
Corporation offers financial services, insurance and bonding products, as well
as analyses of global markets and economic conditions to help Canadian
exporters and investors expand their international business. Approximately 80
per cent of EDC's customers are small- and medium-sized businesses. As a Crown
corporation EDC is wholly owned by the Government of Canada and is financially
self-sustaining.

    About Deloitte

    Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides
audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to a wide range of
Canadian and international clients. Deloitte is the Canadian member firm of
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which is a network of member firms, each of which is
a legally separate and independent entity. In Quebec, Deloitte operates as
Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche.

    About BDC

    BDC is Canada's business development bank. From 100 offices across the
country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing,
venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs. Visit www.bdc.ca for
more information.

    (R) Small Business Week is a registered trademark of BDC.




For further information:

For further information: Johanne Bissonnette, Media Relations Manager,
BDC, (514) 283-7929, johanne.bissonnette@bdc.ca


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