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In this cartoon sketch provided by A Squared Entertainment, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett is shown starring in an online cartoon series called "Secret Millionaire's Club" that is designed to teach kids good financial habits (AP Photo/A Squared Entertainment/AP)
In this cartoon sketch provided by A Squared Entertainment, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett is shown starring in an online cartoon series called "Secret Millionaire's Club" that is designed to teach kids good financial habits (AP Photo/A Squared Entertainment/AP)

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Kids pitch business ideas to Warren Buffett

It’s already been a busy week for the famed billionaire, and it’s only Tuesday. Warren Buffett is in Nebraska today, serving up the new S’mores Blizzard flavour at a Dairy Queen and yesterday, he spent the day listening to business pitches from children between 7 and 16 years old, according to the Associated Press.

The entrepreneurial contest is tied to The Secret Millionaire’s Club, a cartoon narrated by Buffett that teaches kids about finance. The webisodes air on the Hub cable network and online.

The winner of the competition, which drew 4,000 entries, was 10-year-old Matthew Meyer, who designed The Right Writer, a wristband with an elastic strap that helped him learn to hold a pen correctly. He was awarded $5,000 and, along with the other finalists, 10 Class B Berkshire shares.

Mr. Buffett said he was impressed with the thought the kids all put into their products and how articulate they were.

“They're so far ahead of where I was at that age,” Mr. Buffett said.

Yona Shtern added to keynote lineup of Atlantic Venture Forum

Yona Shtern, the co-founder and CEO of Beyond the Rack, joins the lineup of keynote speakers for the inaugural Atlantic Venture Forum in Halifax next month, reports Techvibes.

Beyond the Rack, a private shopping club for women and men who want designer brand apparel and accessories at prices up to 80 per cent off retail, was named the fastest growing e-tailer in North America by Internet Retailer Magazine in 2011 and third fastest growing private company in Canada for 2012 by Profit magazine.

The primary objective of the Atlantic Venture Forum is to build a world class annual financing and partnering forum for the highest potential emerging IT, Cleantech and Life Sciences companies to present their innovations and business models to the most active. And with less than a month to go, it’s already being billed as Atlantic Canada’s premier access to capital event, says Techvibes.

Learn more about showcasing your company to an audience of VCs and investors, here.

Everyone can animate with these tools

Want to spice up your website or add a little razzle dazzle to your presentations using animation – but don’t have the technical prowess to pull it off? Here are five easy-to-use animation tools for beginners from Mashable.

EVENTS AND KEY DATES

2013 Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference

On May 30, 2013, the Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference is hosting an even to to provide entrepreneurs, whether budding or experienced, with the opportunity to expand their professional network, hear from experienced and successful entrepreneurs on tips and opportunities and learn what it takes to become successful and stay thriving.

U.S. small business week celebrates 50 years

Typically held in May every year, the official U.S. Small Business Week will be held June 17-21, 2013. Since 1963, the President has set aside one week to honor the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. As the 60th anniversary of the Small Business Association, and the 50th anniversary of the week, the SBA will be hosting daily events around the country.

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