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District student captures business plan competition

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The Northwest Business Centre is thrilled to announce Sturgeon Creek Alternative program student Miriam Mast, winner of the 2008 Northwest High School Business Plan Contest, also won first place at the Northern Ontario level.

As well, Mast’s business plan placed third runner-up in the province.

The Northwest Business Centre runs an annual high school business plan competition throughout the Kenora-Rainy River districts, with the winner representing the region in the Northern Ontario awards.

Mast travelled to Sault Ste. Marie on Nov. 8 and won first place at the awards ceremony there. Her business plan, “Cut ‘n’ Paste,” then was rated as the fourth-best business plan across Ontario.

The annual business plan contest provides high school students across the province an opportunity to showcase their business and entrepreneurial talents while also enhancing their business, presentation, communication, and networking skills.

More than 300 schools took part province-wide, with over 1,200 students competing.

The Northwest Business Plan Competition yielded 15 entries from across the region.

Mike Greaves, general manager of the Northwest Business Centre, was very proud that another district student placed so well in the competition.

“Rainy River District, in particular SCAP, has produced the past three Northern Ontario award winners,” noted Greaves. “It’s truly a testament of the entrepreneurial spirit we have in our youth.

“Congratulations, Miriam.”

Since 2002, the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services, working in partnership with the network of Small Business Enterprise Centres, has celebrated the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of high school students with the Ontario High School Business Plan Competition.

The competition is open to all high school students in Ontario.

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