Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

May 06, 2008 23:59 ET

Over 200 Aboriginal student entrepreneurs from across the country get ready to showcase their best projects in Regina for the 2008 E-Spirit business plan competition

REGINA, May 6 - Over 200 Aboriginal high school students
will be meeting in Regina for BDC's annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal youth
business plan competition from May 12 to 14. The grade 10 to 12 students come
from as far as Hazelton, British Columbia in the West; Arviat, Nunavut in the
North and Postville, Labrador in the East.
For the 16 weeks leading up to the competition, students worked hard to
develop their business plans. Three teams will be awarded the Gold, Silver and
Bronze prizes at the E-Spirit Awards ceremony. Over the past eight years,
E-Spirit has exposed more than 3,500 Aboriginal youth to the potential of
entrepreneurship and the Internet at the Aboriginal community grass roots
level.

Media opportunities include:

1. E-Spirit Trade Show

Media are welcome to visit the trade show to meet the students who have
developed business plans for a variety of products and services that
range from innovative environmental solutions to lifestyle services.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Centre for Kinesiology & Health Studies (CK), University of
Regina Campus, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK

2. BDC E-Spirit Awards Gala

Media are invited to attend the Grand Entry where Plains Cree dancers
dressed in full regalia will welcome the attendees in a ceremony high in
color and rich in tradition.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Honor song and Elder blessing
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Grand Entry and Entertainment by
Great Plains
Production Dancers and hip hop duo
Eekwol & Mils
8:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Presentation of E-Spirit awards
9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. D.J. Dance Party

Dinner will be served from 6:45 to 8:15.

Location: Conexus Arts Centre, Convention Lobby and Hall 200A Lakeshore
Drive, Regina, SK

Interviews may be arranged with:

a) Aboriginal students and teachers from across Canada
b) Wilson Neapew, National Director, Aboriginal Banking, BDC
c) Bob Kayseas, Department Head of School of Business and Public
Administration First Nation University of Canada
d) Kristin Frances and Robert Lavallee, E-Spirit Alumni

About BDC

BDC is a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada.
BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and
medium-sized businesses through its complementary financing, investment and
consulting solutions.
For more information on E-Spirit, visit www.bdc.ca/espirit.

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