eBay Canada Recognizes Top e-Business Owners



    Winnipeg student wins title of eBay Canadian Young Entrepreneur of the
    Year; Online entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec also
    awarded top prizes

    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - A university student from Winnipeg, Manitoba who
started out selling video games online from his basement has won the inaugural
"eBay Canadian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award," receiving $3,000 to help
grow his business. The award was a new category created specifically for 18 -
24 year-olds as part of eBay's third annual "eBay Canadian Entrepreneur of the
Year Awards."
    The annual eBay awards program was created to recognize Canadians, from
small towns to urban downtowns, who are running successful online businesses;
selling everything from golf practice nets and high-end bicycle parts, to
vintage t-shirts and original artwork to customers around the world.

    
    This year's winners are as follows:

    -   The eBay Canadian Young Entrepreneur of the Year (open to 18 - 24
        year-olds) - Jade Pearce, Winnipeg, MB (eBay User ID: pnpgames)

    -   The 2007 eBay Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year
        First Place Winner - Trevor Weldon, West Chezzetcook, NS (eBay User
        ID: cleblancweldon)

    -   Second Place - James Applegath, Toronto, ON (eBay User ID:
        defunkd_vintage)

    -   Third Place (tied) - Osnat Tzadok, Thornhill, ON (eBay User ID:
        os-box) and Jean-Francois Lapointe, Gatineau, QC (eBay User ID:
        nomade20000)
    

    Hundreds of Canadian e-Business owners entered this year's third annual
competition with the hope of being crowned eBay's Canadian Entrepreneur of the
Year. Entrants were asked to submit essays detailing their business
philosophies and innovations, and describe significant business challenges
they have faced and how they overcame them.
    "This year's winners prove that eBay is an ideal business partner for
Canadian entrepreneurs regardless of their age or geographic location," says
Andrew Sloss, Interim Country Manager, eBay Canada. "It's important for us to
recognize these savvy business owners and their contribution to the Canadian
economy by paying tribute to their innovation and competitive spirit."
    Winners of this year's awards were chosen by an esteemed panel of
industry leaders and past winners including Brian Scudamore, CEO and Founder,
1-800-GOT-JUNK?; Marilyn Bild, eBay business owner and the 2006 eBay Canadian
Entrepreneur of the Year; and Andrew Wahl, Senior Technology Reporter,
Canadian Business magazine.
    "It's exciting to see the level of success these small business owners
have been able to achieve, some in a very short period of time," says judge
and 2006 winner Marilyn Bild. "Canadian entrepreneurs from across the country
are building solid careers, and attracting loyal customers all over the world
through eBay."
    Prizes for the eBay Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are $5,000
for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. The
winner of the eBay Canadian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award receives
$3,000.

    The Winners - eBay's Top Five Entrepreneurs

    As eBay Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Jade Pearce has grown
his eBay business from a part-time hobby into a busy online enterprise, just
recently opening a retail storefront with office space and four employees. As
a young CEO and head of a business that now sells more than 400 video games a
week, Jade is also managing to complete a business degree at the University of
Winnipeg. http://stores.ebay.ca/PNP-GAMES

    The 2007 eBay Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Trevor Weldon of West
Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, was looking for a way to stay home with his
daughter, while supplementing his wife's income. Tapping into the growing
worldwide popularity of golf by selling golf practice nets on eBay, Trevor is
able to work part-time, reserving most of his day for his family.
http://stores.ebay.ca/Golf-Practice-Cage-Nets

    Initially selling on eBay as a way to de-clutter his over-crowed house,
second place winner James Applegath now sells more than 150 vintage concert
T-shirts each month to AC/DC and Guns N' Roses fans around the world, in
countries that include Australia, Germany, France, and the UK.
http://stores.ebay.ca/The-Defunkd-Store

    eBay has been the key to commercial success for third place winner,
artist Osnat Tzadok, who sells more than 40 original paintings online each
month. Her work has even landed on the set of the hit TV show Prison Break,
and she has recently signed a contract with a high-profile movie production
house. It's also a family business, with her husband acting as her
website/shipping manager. http://search.ebay.ca/_W0QQsassZos-box

    In just eight months, third place winner Jean-Francois Lapointe of
Gatineau, Quebec has turned his business selling high-end bike parts on eBay
into a full-time job. His customers are from around the world, and look to him
for those hard-to-find, specialty parts not often carried in traditional
retail bike stores. http://stores.ebay.ca/nomade2000032

    
    Canadian eBayers - Quick Facts

    -   Of the approximately 24 million Internet users in Canada, 1 in 4 are
        currently registered on eBay.

    -   More than 33,000 Canadian sellers use eBay as a primary or secondary
        source of income.(*)

    -   Canadians spent over $1 billion (US) on eBay in the past 12 months.

    -   eBay is the number one visited retail site in Canada, and is visited
        by almost 1 out of every 2 Canadians online. In Canada, eBay was
        visited by more than 10 million unique Canadian visitors in August
        2007.(xx)

    (*) (Source: ACNielsen International Research for eBay in May 2006)
    (xx)(Source: ComScore Media Metrix, August 2007)
    

    For additional information about selling on eBay, please visit
www.ebay.ca

    About eBay Canada
    -----------------

    eBay is the World's Online Marketplace(TM) with more than 240 million
registered users worldwide. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful platform
for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals
and businesses. eBay enables trade on a local, national, and international
basis with customized sites in 38 markets around the world. Through an array
of services, such as its payment solution provider PayPal, eBay is enabling
global e-commerce for an ever-growing online community.





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969-2759, lwatton@environicspr.com/trobinson@environicspr.com; Erin Sufrin,
eBay Canada, (416) 969-2291, esufrin@ebay.ca


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