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Event connecting today’s business leaders with tomorrow’s

Okanagan College Media Release

Take two young entrepreneurs who’ve made a comet-sized impact on the international stage, throw in their sweet recipe for success, add scores of determined business students and a healthy dollop of Okanagan business people, and you have a recipe for the 32nd Annual Okanagan Business Students Association Business Banquet.

“From a business students’ perspective, this is one of the premiere networking events of the year,” says Greg Krasichynski, OBSA President. “For the valley’s business people, it’s a chance to connect with each other, and the business leaders of tomorrow, as well.”

Krasichynski expects between 250 and 300 people to turn out for the banquet on March 24 at the Coast Capri Hotel. Tickets are $99 (including HST).

Guest speakers this year are Larry Finnson and Chris Emery. If their names ring a bell, there’s a reason. Look at the faces on that package of Clodhopper’s on your desk.

The two young men took Chris’ grandma’s recipe for a wafer and chocolate treat and turned it into a thriving business manufacturing and selling Clodhoppers across North America, before the Manitoba-based business was sold to a B.C. firm. The duo has been acknowledged by a host of media and publications, including CNN and Profit Magazine and Fortune’s Small Business.

“Larry and Chris have a compelling story to tell about the power of personality, tenacity, and how to use a story to help build a business,” says Krasichynski. “It’s why we chose them for our banquet: they bring insights about entrepreneurialism to the event that should appeal to the people who have chosen to make the Okanagan their base for doing business.”

Information about the event and an opportunity to order tickets online are available at www.topgraduates.ca. For those companies or individuals who want to help sponsor the banquet (which helps raise funds for scholarships for business students), they can contact Krasichynski directly at [email protected], or call 250-762-6091.

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