Simply Audiobooks CEO Selected as Regional Finalist for Canada’s Premier Business Award

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The 12th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 awards names Sean Neville as an Ontario regional finalist.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards, Canada’s most prestigious business accolade, has named Sean Neville, CEO of Simply Audiobooks, as an Ontario finalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category for 2005.

Neville is one of 40 best-in-class Canadian entrepreneurs chosen for their business leadership skills, determination and vision.

"A healthy Canadian economy can hinge on a healthy Ontario economy, and the province's economy is certainly linked to the incredible contributions made by our entrepreneurs - the men and women who through inventive hard work and bold risk-taking build successful enterprises from the ground up," said Joe Telebar, national and Ontario director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program. "Entrepreneurs fuel our economy and we are proud to recognize their achievements," said Telebar.

Upon hearing the finalist announcements, Neville enthusiastically commented: “All we have ever tried to do is grow fast, make money, and have fun doing it. It is great to be recognized by a prestigious organization like Ernst & Young for doing something you love,” said Neville.

Now in its 12th year, The Entrepreneur Of The Year program was founded by Ernst & Young to celebrate great entrepreneurs and heighten awareness of the economic contribution of entrepreneurial ventures.

An independent judging panel composed of distinguished Canadian business leaders and previous award recipients selects the finalists.

The panel assesses potential award recipients based on the following criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, integrity, influence on market/industry, track record of financial results and contribution to community.

Winners will be announced at a gala evening on October 6, 2005 with one candidate being named the overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year.

The program is nationally sponsored by Global Television Network, National Post, La Presse, RDI and Roynat Capital. To learn more about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 awards, visit http://www.eoy.ca.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is the largest online provider of CD audio book rentals serving North America. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to offer an unlimited rental model for audio books, with free direct-to-door delivery and no late fees. Simply Audiobooks stocks thousands of titles in multiple genres, including fiction, non-fiction, business, spiritual, classic and children's literature. With offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas, Simply Audiobooks is the only audio book rental provider to service the United States and Canada. For more information visit http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 100,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism, providing a range of sophisticated services centred on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at http://www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to all the members of the global Ernst & Young organization.

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