BDC celebrates the success of Canadian entrepreneurs during the 29th edition of Small Business Week(R) and the 2008 Young Entrepreneur Awards



    MONTREAL, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Business Development Bank of Canada
(BDC) announced today that the 29th edition of Small Business Week(R) will
take place from October 19 to 25 under the theme "A world without boundaries,
open to new markets". A highlight of Small Business Week(R) will be the Young
Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony, which will take place in Vancouver, British
Columbia, on October 21st.

    BDC Young Entrepreneur Awards

    BDC's Young Entrepreneur Awards recognize the achievements of Canadian
business owners between the ages of 19 and 35. The winning companies are
selected by a committee, based on a number of criteria that range from
operating success and innovation to involvement in the new economy, community
work and export performance. Two special awards will also be presented during
Small Business Week this year: the Export Development Canada Export
Achievement Award, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
    Winners will be announced on October 21st. All award winners will be
available for media interviews directly from Vancouver, British Columbia, on
October 21st.

    Small Business Week activities across the country

    Marked by hundreds of activities organized across the country, Small
Business Week provides established and potential entrepreneurs with learning
and development opportunities, and creates a forum for networking and sharing
ideas. Events include conferences, trade fairs, seminars, workshops and
business luncheons.

    Small Business Week partners

    Many partners are helping to make the 2008 Small Business Week(R) and
Young Entrepreneur Awards a success: Rogers, Western Economic Diversification
and Export Development Canada are national partners. The Pan Canadian
Community Futures Group and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are privileged
partners of the event.

    About BDC

    BDC is Canada's business development bank. From 94 branches across the
country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing,
venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs. BDC works with
entrepreneurs in all industries, through all economic cycles and focuses on
helping small and medium-sized businesses in their development projects, local
and global. BDC manages a $10.6 billion loan and investment portfolio and
serves over 28,000 clients. Small and medium-sized businesses make up 99.7% of
all employer businesses in Canada. 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,
(514) 283-7929, Johanne.bissonnette@bdc.ca; www.smallbusinessweek.ca;
www.bdc.ca


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