Ontario Secondary School Business Plan Competition Winners Announced
AJAX, 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 Ajax, Kenora, Niagara Falls and Renfrew.
"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 provide our young
people with valuable business skills and experience, creating a culture of
entrepreneurship among Ontario's youth."
David Wilkings of Sharon was the regional winner from central Ontario and
the first runner-up in the provincial competition, earning $2,000. Stacey Yue
of Brampton was runner-up in the regional competition, receiving $750 in
educational bursaries, while Sequin Martel of Barrie took third-place regional
honours, taking home $500.
"It's great to see our youth take such initiative, and work so hard
towards a goal," said Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson. "Gaining a solid
understanding of business and planning will serve them well in the future, no
matter what career path they choose."
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