McGuinty Government Launches Business Plan Competition Across Ontario

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McGuinty Government Launches Business Plan Competition Across Ontario

Competition Seeks Out Future Business Leaders TORONTO, Sept. 4 - The McGuinty government today launched the 2008 Ontario Secondary School Business Plan Competition, encouraging creative and innovative ideas from future entrepreneurs. "Ontario's best and brightest students are creating business plans that could drive companies they may develop as young entrepreneurs," Ontario Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar said. "These young people exemplify the spirit, intelligence and creative ideas that will lead to a bright future for them and communities across Ontario. Their efforts should be recognized." Award ceremonies recognizing the 2007 award winners will be held simultaneously November 24 in Ajax, Niagara Falls, Renfrew and Kenora representing Central, Western, Eastern and Northern regions. The regional award events are hosted by the local Small Business Enterprise Centres. Student finalists compete for a range of cash awards with the goal of becoming the Regional Winner. The Provincial Champion, selected from the regional winners, will receive an additional $1,500. "As a former entrepreneur, I fully understand the challenges of running a business in a competitive marketplace," Takhar said. It's our goal to provide our youth with the opportunity to develop the essential skills they need to lead our businesses on the world stage for years to come." As part of the Ontario government's initiative to promote youth entrepreneurship, 41 Small Business Enterprise Centres in Ontario worked with 188 secondary schools across the province to coordinate the 2007 local business plan competitions. Students also have the opportunity to implement their business plans through Ontario's 2008 Summer Company program, which will accept applications beginning in November. Disponible en français www.sbe.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1946; Eric Shapiro; Communications and Public Affairs Branch; (416) 325-6698 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1946; Eric Shapiro; Communications and Public Affairs Branch; (416) 325-6698