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NEWS RELEASE · 16th May 2013
BCD-E Spirit
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has recognized local high school students Madelaine Swift, Kymberlie Perry and Dylan Wesley of Hazelton, British Columbia as some of the most business-savvy Aboriginal students in the country.

The students of Hazelton Secondary School created Chickadee Health Boost, a company that offers healthy snacks made from fresh organic ingredients at reasonable prices, a school project that landed them in a Canada wide competition put on by the BDC.

The BDC E-Spirit Business Plan Competition is a 16-week Internet based business plan contest that provides Aboriginal students in grades 10 to 12 with interactive business planning resources, online access to mentoring and extensive networking opportunities.

The Northwest students will be competing against 33 other teams from across Canada and will be in Kamloops May 14 to 16 to pitch their business to a panel of judges at Thompson River University for a chance to win cash prizes of $1,500, $750 and $500. Top three winners receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will receive iPads, Netbooks and iPods, while nine special achievement awards will be presented during the gala held on May 16.

The BDC congratulates the 17 schools that qualified to attend the 13th edition of the competition. “BDC E-Spirit gives students a first taste of the business world,” said Wilson Neapew, National Director, and Aboriginal Banking Unit at BDC. "Throughout the competition, participants get to put entrepreneurship principles into practice, collaborate with peers in an intense, team environment, and gain hands-on leadership experience.” Since its creation in 2001, BDC E-Spirit has introduced more than 6,000 Aboriginal students to the benefits of entrepreneurship. For updates about the competition finals, follow BDC E-Spirit on Facebook .