Deadline extended to apply for a BDC Young Entrepreneur Award - Young entrepreneurs aged 19 to 35 have until July 1st to enter the competition



    MONTREAL, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Business Development Bank of Canada
(BDC) invites entrepreneurs aged 19 to 35 across Canada to apply for its
prestigious Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA). YEA winners will benefit from
national visibility as well as from networking and skills development
opportunities. Eligible business owners now have until July 1st to submit an
application for the awards ceremony that will take place on October 20 in
Ottawa, Ontario during Small Business Week (R).
    Thirteen awards, one for each province and territory, will be presented
to young entrepreneurs who stand out in terms of business success, spirit of
innovation and community involvement. Applicants are also eligible for two
special awards. The Export Development Canada Export Excellence Award will be
presented to the company with the best export objectives, strategies and
results. This award comes with a $10,000 grant. The Deloitte Corporate Social
Responsibility Award will honour the winner whose business stands out in terms
of environmental protection practices, sound human resources management and/or
community well being. This award comes with general consulting advice worth
$20,000.
    All YEA applicants will receive a copy of the new "Financial Toolkit for
Small and Medium Businesses", a valuable guide for entrepreneurs who seek
finance in today's challenging economic climate.

    Selection criteria

    The winners will be selected by provincial panels comprising business
people, entrepreneurs, members of Chambers of Commerce and BDC
representatives. Selection criteria include: 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 were overcome. Candidates from previous years may re-enter the
competition.

    Nomination procedure

    Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves or be nominated by another
individual, representatives of provincial and local government or by private
or public associations. Nomination forms are available for download at
www.bdc.ca/yea. To obtain a printed version visit any BDC branch or send an
email to yea@bdc.ca. Nominations must be received by July 1st, 2009.
    For detailed information about the selection criteria, nomination
procedures and testimonials from past YEA winners visit www.bdc.ca/yea. For
information about Small Business Week call 1 888 INFO BDC (1 888 463-6232) or
visit www.bdc.ca.

    2009 YEA and Small Business Week partners

    Platinum YEA and SBW partners: Deloitte and Export Development Canada
    Gold YEA and SBW partners: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Maclean

    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.

    (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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