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

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

Ontario Secondary School Business Plan Competition Winners Announced RENFREW, ON, Nov. 24 - 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 Ontario." 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. Disponible en français www.sbe.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998