McGuinty government rewards Ontario's future business leaders across the province

    Ontario Secondary School Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

    RENFREW, ON, Nov. 24 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government announced the
winners of Ontario's sixth annual Secondary School Business Plan Competition
today at ceremonies held in Renfrew, Ajax, Kenora and Niagara Falls.
    "Today's ceremonies showcase the creativity, innovation, and dedication
of Ontario's future business leaders," said Minister of Small Business and
Entrepreneurship, Harinder Takhar. "Programs like this one provide our young
people with valuable business skills and experience, creating a culture of
entrepreneurship among Ontario's youth."
    Daniel Savery of Hastings was the regional winner from eastern Ontario
and the second runner-up in the provincial competition, earning $1,750. Jared
TerMarsch of Pembroke was runner-up in the regional competition, receiving
$750 in educational bursaries, while Tom Henbest of Chesterville took
third-place regional honours, taking home $500.
    The team of Danielle Daniels, Jessy Lepine and Rebecca Potts of
Beamsville was the overall provincial winner, earning a combined $2,500 in
educational bursaries for their first-place finishes in both the provincial
and western regional competitions.
    "The McGuinty government understands the challenges of starting and
growing a small business," said Takhar. "We offer a number of programs that
encourage our youth to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice. It's our
goal to provide all Ontarians with the support and resources they need to open
a business, create jobs and secure the continued economic prosperity of
    As part of the Ontario government's initiative to promote youth
entrepreneurship, 39 Small Business Enterprise Centres in Ontario worked with
188 secondary schools across the province to coordinate the local business
plan competitions. Students also have the opportunity to implement their
business plan through Ontario's Summer Company program, which will open for
applications on November 25, 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998

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