Sarnia-Lambton students win business planning awards

Sarnia, Ontario

St. Patrick’s Secondary School graduate and former Junior Achievement participant, Holly Delavigne’s, business plan for “Occasionally” garnered first place and a $1,000 prize at the Sarnia-Lambton Secondary School Business Plan Competition and Summer Company Program awards dinner on September 23, 2009. The Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton recognized 11 local students for their award-winning business plans:

Holly Delavigne’s first place award was sponsored by Sarcor (Canada) Inc., represented by David and Ann De Melo.

As the first place student, Delavigne advances to the regional level to compete for additional cash prizes up to $5,000.

2nd Place $500.00 Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank represented by Sal Azzolina went to Northern students, Caroline Randall and Jess Cook, for their business plan “The Caroline and Jess Pet Care Centre”.

3rd Place $400.00 Sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board represented by Vicky Ducharme went to Northern students, Noelle Stewart and Jasmine Davies for their business plan “Boss Home Fitness”.

4th Place $300.00 Sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation represented by Mike McDonough went to Northern Students, Cassandra Solness and Chelsea Ruzik for their business plan “Prestige Water Sports and Apparel”.

5th Place $200.00 Also sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation represented by Mike McDonough went to Northern Students, Ashlynn Wright and Bailey Peters for their business plan “A&B Accessories”.

6th Place $100.00 sponsored by Normand Piquette Catering represented by Linda and Normand Piquette went to St. Patrick’s students, Jarred Scott and Mackenzie Scott for their business plan “Java Tax”.

The Sarnia-Lambton Secondary School Business Plan Competition is a Ministry of Economic Development and Trade program run in partnership with the Business Enterprise Centre. The participating high school students submitted professional business plans to be judged by a panel of local professionals. This year’s panel reviewed 48 plans submitted by 62 local students.

The Sarnia-Lambton Business Enterprise Centre sincerely thanks the mentors, teachers, financial sponsors and local judges that made these programs possible.

The awards dinner also celebrated the Summer Company Program, another student program offered by the Business Enterprise Centre, and run in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. This year Sarnia-Lambton had 12 students participate and recognized all 12 of these students for successfully completing the Summer Company Program. The program is available to students aged 15 – 29, and offers up to $1,500 per student to plan and operate a summer business, and an additional $1,500 upon successful completion.

For more information about the Sarnia-Lambton High School Business Plan Competition or the 2010 Summer Company Program please contact:

Chantelle Simard  chantelle@www.sarnialambton.on.ca
Entrepreneurship Programs Coordinator
The Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton
265 Front Street North, Suite 107
Sarnia, ON  N7T 7X1
Tel: 519-332-1820 / 1-800-972-7642

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