Media advisory and photo-op - BDC's 2009 Young Entrepreneur Awards ceremony
in Ottawa

MONTREAL, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will hold its Young Entrepreneur Awards ceremony in Ottawa on October 20.

A highlight of Small Business Week, BDC's Young Entrepreneur Awards recognize the achievements of Canadian business people between the ages of 19 and 35. Under the theme " Your dream, your business, your passion", BDC will honour winning businesses across Canada. Two special awards will be granted to the winners whose businesses stand out in terms of export results and social responsibility practices.

"Meet the experts" speed networking event

During a speed networking event in Ottawa, the Young Entrepreneur Awards winners will have the opportunity to receive professional council from 11 business experts from Deloitte, EDC, Border Ladner Gervais, and BDC. Each winner will meet with each of the experts for a one-on-one 10-minute interview that will concentrate on the specific challenges each business has yet to face. The exchanges will focus on 11 key business management aspects among which finance, research & development, corporate social responsibility, international market development, human resources, expansion financing and operational efficiency.

The media is invited to attend this networking event and meet the business experts and the Young Entrepreneur Awards winners.

    
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    WHAT:   "Meet the experts" speed networking event

    WHEN:   Monday, October 19, 2009 - 3:00 to 5:00 p.m

    WHERE:  National Art Gallery

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Young Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony

Media is invited to attend the Young Entrepreneur Awards ceremony and meet the winners at the time and location indicated below.

    
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    WHAT:   BDC Young Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony

    WHEN:   Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE:  Fairmont Château Laurier

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For media who cannot attend the ceremony in person, further information about YEA winners - including photographs - will be available at www.smallbusinessweek.ca or www.bdc.ca.

About BDC

BDC is Canada's business development bank. From more than 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.

Small Business Week is a registered trademark of BDC.

SOURCE Business Development Bank of Canada

For further information: For further information: to RSVP: Johanne Bissonnette, Media Relations Manager, BDC, (514) 283-7929, johanne.bissonnette@bdc.ca; On October 20: BDC Media Room in Ottawa: 1-866-962-4554, (613) 562-3443


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