January 29, 2007: Business student to represent B.C. at national competition

      Monday, January 29, 2007
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Twenty-two-year-old Capilano College business degree student, Sean Gallagher, was the first-place winner January 27 at the Business Development Bank of Canada’s (BDC) regional Enterprize 2007 competition.

      More than 100 students from British Columbia had initially entered the contest in November 2006, with all but one coming from a university. That upstart entrant was Gallagher, a third-year student currently enrolled in Capilano College’s Business Administration degree program. He took home a cheque for $15,000 and won the right to represent B.C. at BDC’s national competition held in Vancouver from February 15 to 18. The top three national finalists will receive $75,000, $20,000 and $10,000 and will meet with BDC venture capital representatives to obtain feedback on their business projects.

      “I was so cool and calm when I was presenting in front of the 500 spectators and judges,” Gallagher said. “But when I found out I won, I lost all the feeling in my hands. I had to walk down about 40 stairs to get to the stage and I could barely keep my feet on the ground. I kept tripping and felt as though I was floating.”

      Gallagher won top honours for the presentation of a business plan for playittonight.com, his own online music store that provides music for DJs.

      “I also provide e-commerce solutions for other customers,” he adds.

      Raised in North Vancouver, Gallagher initially went to Capilano College to gain post-secondary experience before moving onto university. However, he found the quality of the teaching at the college was exemplary and the flexibility of classes allowed him to continue to operate his business. So he made the easy decision to stay on the North Shore and complete his degree.

      “Capilano College has the best business programs for entrepreneurship,” said the Argyle Secondary grad. “It has the best teachers in the world and the smaller class sizes make all the difference.”

      Gallagher singles out two School of Business instructors in particular – Lloyd Michaels and Todd Newfield.

      “Lloyd helped me tremendously by getting me to focus on the most important things in my presentation,” the young entrepreneur said. “Todd was the one who convinced me to start my business in the first place and gave me great advice before the competition. He said: ‘Be yourself. You have all the skills and confidence to win.’”

      Students from the Capilano College School of Business consistently place in the top tier of regional business competitions. Last year, four Bachelor of Business Administration students from the Capilano College School of Business won four of the five individual gold medals up for grabs in the annual B.C. Business Simulation competition (BCBSC) held March 9 to11 at Malaspina University College in Nanaimo.

      “This was an incredible achievement,” said Capilano College School of Business instructor and coach, Judith Watson, adding, “We also took a silver medal in the fifth category.”

      Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6.500 students in credit programs each term with and additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. The College offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.