June 09, 2008 09:00 ET

EMBERS: Rising Stars-Shining a Light on Inner City Entrepreneurs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - The Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society (EMBERS)'s mission is to help individuals with limited resources in Vancouver's inner city turn their talents into self-owned businesses. Wednesday, June 11th at Telus Science World, EMBERS will showcase its success stories by hosting a "Rising Stars Celebration of Microenterprise" with a business award gala and trade show. Award sponsors include VanCity, Ventures West, Vancouver Giants, and Joule Consulting.

EMBERS is a non-profit agency located in Chinatown that provides affordable business training and business coaching for Vancouver inner city's residents with the purpose of not only revitalizing the area, but ultimately empowering residents to start their own small businesses. Wednesday's event will be hosted by Patrice Pratt, Chair of the Board of VanCity, one of EMBERS' major financial supporters. Milan Lucic, a local Vancouverite who now plays left wing for the NHL Boston Bruins, will be presenting the Vancouver Giants Entrepreneurship Award for "Against All Odds".

"The award recognizes an extraordinary achievement," says Marcia Nozick, Executive Director of EMBERS, "Someone who by sheer determination has overcome major personal challenges and started a business of their own. It's an award that speaks to the human spirit and says: never doubt what you can do."

Among the many stars to be showcased this year will be one of EMBERS graduates Hinda Abdillahi of Hinda's Finest Foods. According to Hinda, "EMBERS has done so much for me. I am now able to do what I love most, creating delicious recipes in the kitchen, and support myself at the same time."

For more information on EMBERS please visit their website at http://www.embers-dtes.org/.

Event Details:

WHAT: "Rising Stars: EMBERS Celebration of Micro-enterprise"

WHEN: Wednesday, June 11th 6:30pm - 9:30pm

WHERE: Telus Science World, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver

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