Top BC companies named finalists in Small Business Awards

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbians have voted and the top ten B.C. businesses in eight award categories have been announced as part of the Small Business BC Awards contest.

The top ten semi-finalists were selected by residents of B.C. through online voting. Nominees had two months to gain as many votes as possible for their business using social media, e-communications and word of mouth. Those with the most votes in each award category have been named top ten semi-finalists in the competition.

This year a total of 417 nominations were received and 37,650 votes collected.

"It's fantastic to see so many small businesses being recognized, not only for their success, but also for the positive impact they're having on their local communities and the contributions they're making to the economy," said George Hunter, CEO of Small Business BC. "With the high quality of nominees this year it's going to be a tough job selecting the winners, but we're very excited to see who comes out on top."

Businesses in industries as diverse as manufacturing, technology and hospitality were nominated from 55 cities across B.C. Nominations for the awards increased this year by 122 per cent, showing growth in B.C. entrepreneurs' desire to be recognized.

"IBC congratulates Small Business BC on the significant increase in participation in their awards contest this year. It's clear that many talented small business owners see the awards process as a growth and development opportunity and that their customers are committed to acknowledging success. We wish all the finalists continued success in the next round of competition," said Bill Adams, IBC Vice-President, Western and Pacific.

The top ten semi-finalists must now complete an extended award application which will be used to narrow down the competition to the top five finalists in each category. The top five finalists will be announced on January 30, 2014.

The overall winners will be honored on February 27, 2014 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. More information on the finalists and the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca

TOP TEN SEMI-FINALISTS:

BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT

  • Bamboletta Dolls, Cowichan Bay
  • Fruiticana Produce, Surrey
  • Go Kimberley Magazine, Kimberly
  • Green Chair Recycling, Vancouver
  • On The Farm Country Market, Squamish
  • Recruiting Social, Vancouver
  • Save Everyday, Vancouver
  • Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery, Vancouver
  • The Green Kiss, Victoria
  • Yoga With Kerry, Trail
BEST COMPANY

  • ASAP group, Langley
  • AZ World Translation & Interpretation Inc., North Vancouver
  • Burger55, Penticton
  • Disruptive Media Publishers, Vancouver
  • Ellason Signature Homes, Maple Ridge
  • Fitness on the Go, Vancouver
  • Fruiticana Produce, Surrey
  • Pink Ribbon Bakery, New Westminster
  • Save Everyday, Vancouver
  • Tours by Locals, Vancouver
BEST CONCEPT

  • Cloud 9 Float Spa, Coquitlam
  • Float House, Vancouver
  • Medeo, Vancouver
  • Music Heals, Vancouver
  • Roam Mobility, Vancouver
  • Sole Girls, North Vancouver
  • Thank You Products, Campbell River
  • The Chinatown Experiment, Vancouver
  • The Housse - United Stagers and Stylists, Victoria
  • Vancouver Tumblebus, Port Coquitlam
BEST EMPLOYER

  • Bike Hike Adventures, Vancouver
  • Coastal Trademark Services Ltd., Vancouver
  • Fully Managed, Vancouver
  • Kary Movers Ltd, Surrey
  • Neutron Factory Works Inc., Delta
  • North Burnaby Physiotherapy and Wellness, Burnaby
  • Pender Auto Body, Vancouver
  • The Oracle, Whistler
  • The Williams & White Group of Companies, Burnaby
  • Vancouver General Contractors, Vancouver
BEST GREEN BUSINESS

  • Clean Air Yard Care Inc., Victoria
  • Eclipse Awards, Vancouver
  • Green Chair Recycling, Vancouver
  • Green Circle Salons, Vancouver
  • Lush Eco Lawns, Duncan
  • Manatee Holdings Ltd., Courtenay
  • MattressRecycling.ca, Vancouver
  • Natural Pod, Vancouver
  • Watertiger, Vancouver
  • Westcoast Plastic Recycling Inc., Richmond
BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE

  • Endeavor Snowboards Inc., Vancouver
  • Export Ventures Group Inc., Vancouver
  • Fruiticana Produce, Surrey
  • Herbaland Naturals Inc., Richmond
  • Kahuna Paddleboards, Whistler
  • Mason Industries, Surrey
  • The Oracle, Whistler
  • Westcoast Plastic Recycling Inc., Richmond
  • Williams & White Equipment, Burnaby
  • Xanatos Marine Ltd., North Vancouver
BEST WORKPLACE

  • Casanova Enterprises Inc., Maple Ridge
  • Cycle Component Network Bikes, North Vancouver
  • Cucumber Marketing Inc., Vancouver
  • Excel Career College, Courtenay
  • Homeroom Small Business Solutions, Vancouver
  • i-worx, North Vancouver
  • Stage Right etc., Kelowna
  • Start Smart Childcare Centre, Maple Ridge
  • The Oracle, Whistler
  • Victory Square Games, Vancouver
BEST ONLINE MARKETER

  • CMEFIRST, Lantzville
  • LAT Multilingual Translation & Marketing Inc., Vancouver
  • Main Street Communications Ltd., Maple Ridge
  • Make It Productions, Vancouver
  • Mason Industries, Surrey
  • Sapphire SEO, Vancouver
  • The Bench, Kamloops
  • West Coast Tank Recovery Incorporated, North Vancouver
  • West Coast Thrift, Nanaimo
  • Wildflowers Aromatherapy and Gifts, Vancouver

About Small Business BC
Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there's a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking "How do I…?" Small Business BC is the one to call.
Visit www.smallbusinessbc.ca

About Insurance Bureau of Canada: Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent approximately 90% of the private property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $46 billion.

SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada

For further information:

Media Contact:
Sara Couper
Communications Manager, Small Business BC
604-775-5607 couper.sara@smallbusinessbc.ca


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