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Young entrepreneurs from Atlantic Canada will have the
opportunity to learn, network and showcase their talents at the
third annual Young Entrepreneurs Going Places Conference at the
University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, N.S., May 1-3, 1997.

The event, hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education
and Development (CEED) promises to be a fun, information-packed,
idea-sharing opportunity with an environmentally-friendly
attitude. Close attention will be paid to the links between the
environment and the economy. Guest speakers who have started a
business in the environmental sector or who are becoming more
environmentally-conscious will be featured.

"We'll be doing our part by using recycled paper for all our
print materials and by promoting a green theme throughout the
conference," said Chris Curtis, chief entrepreneurship officer of
CEED. "There's no doubt that entrepreneurs can do their part to
work towards a safer, healthier environment."

The event, the largest of its kind in North America, will be a
gathering of 500 young entrepreneurs. It will be emceed by Anna
Dirksen and Demore Barnes, hosts of the award winning CBC
television show Street Cents. The keynote speaker will be
acclaimed young entrepreneur Jennifer Corson, host of specialty
TV channel WTN's The Resourceful Renovator and president of the
Renovator's ReSource Inc. Ms. Corson was the 1996 recipient of
the Business Development Bank of Canada's Young Entrepreneur
Award for Nova Scotia.

The conference is designed to motivate students to explore
entrepreneurship as a way of life, to share ideas with other
entrepreneurs and to provide networking opportunities. Seminars,
workshops and forum discussions led by professionals and
successful entrepreneurs will show young people the ropes of the
business world from startup to sustaining success. Young
entrepreneurs can hone their skills, share strategies and develop
new relationships and apply this knowledge to create a strong
entrepreneurial climate and improve the economy now and in the

A gala awards banquet will be held on Friday evening honouring
the achievements of young entrepreneurs across the Atlantic
provinces in various categories and will be highlighted by the
Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This will be followed by
a ceilidh featuring Mastodon Ridge, Soup and Slainte Mhath. A
trade show at the Mayflower Mall is slated for the next day.
Young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to showcase their
products and services and gain valuable hands-on experience in
marketing and selling strategies.

The charge for the conference is $100.00 for all delegates. This
includes transportation within Nova Scotia, accommodations,
meals, entertainment and all conference sessions. The major
sponsors of the event have provided the funds for the majority of
conference expenses allowing many people from all over the
province the opportunity to attend at a greatly reduced cost.

The conference is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of
Education and Culture, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the
Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency, Nova Scotia Department of
the Environment, Human Resources Development Canada, Royal Bank,
Stora Port Hawkesbury Limited and Maritime Tel & Tel.


Contact: Colin Craig  902-426-7246

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