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November 18, 2011

Provincial Government Provides $10,000 to Enterprise Olympics Program

The Provincial Government is continuing its partnership with the YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon with a $10,000 investment in the Enterprise Olympics program, which is offered to elementary, junior high and high school students across Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Enterprise Olympics program encourages youth to consider careers in entrepreneurship,” said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education. “With small and medium-sized businesses making significant contributions to the province’s economy, it is important to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among our students and help foster their ability to become successful entrepreneurs.”

The Enterprise Olympics program comprises three separate and innovative projects: Create a Logo program for students in Grades 4-6; Market Your Thoughts competition for Grades 7-9; and, Business Plan and Showcase Competitions for high school students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship 3209 course. Winners of school business plan competitions will attend the Enterprise Olympics conference May 3-6, 2012 in Corner Brook.

“The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon has been committed to Enterprise Olympics for 17 years,” said Melanie Maher, Enterprise Olympics Project Co-ordinator. “This is a program that identifies and supports the creativity, talent and initiative of young people. We hope it will influence their future decisions to start their own businesses and be a part of the growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy.”

For more information on the Enterprise Olympics program, visit: www.ynortheastavalon.com .

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Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 697-5061
Melanie Maher
Enterprise Olympics Project Co-ordinator
YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon
709-757-2665, ext. 229

2011 11 18             10:40 a.m.

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