Top 10 semi-finalists announced for 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards

VANCOUVER, Dec. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Small Business BC, the province's premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards between October 1 and November 30, 2015.

The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key part of the awards' mission is to celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

This year, 535 small businesses were nominated from 71 communities across British Columbia. These businesses were given two months to gain as many votes as possible. Those who activated their communities and received the most votes have been named the Top 10 semi-finalists in the competition:

PREMIER'S PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Presented by the Province of British Columbia

 

Back to Earth Enviro Products Inc. - Coldstream

Game Quest - Prince George

Kobau Plumbing & Gas Fitting Ltd. - Osoyoos

Lighthouse Visionary Strategies - Whistler

Nutritive.co - Roberts Creek

Pye Design - Nanaimo

Shiraz Café and Restaurant - Prince George

Sue's Clotheslines - Creston

TC Creations - Prince George

Vintage & Restoration Love - Dawson Creek

BEST APPRENTICE TRAINING

Presented by Industry Training Authority and BCIT

 

Fire and Ice Hair Company - Abbotsford

Griffins Boxing and Fitness - North Vancouver

Hey Beautiful Salon - Nanaimo

KYBE Electrical Contracting - North Vancouver

Mussell Crane - Chilliwack

Pender Auto Body Ltd. - Vancouver

Schubert Plumbing & Heating Ltd. - Mission

Solid Rock Steel Fabricating Co. Ltd. - Surrey

Taylor Pro Training Ltd. - Kelowna

The Foxy Box – Victoria

BEST COMMMUNITY IMPACT

Presented by Vancity

 

Coco Café - Nanaimo

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society - Duncan

Doi Chaang Coffee Company - Vancouver

Good Times Games and Electronics - Prince Rupert

GreenStep - Kelowna

Lighthouse Mentor Network - Whistler

Revolution Ranch, LP - Lytton

Spring Activator - Vancouver

The Sparkle Project BC - Abbotsford

Tla'amin Convenience Store - Powell River

BEST COMPANY

Presented by Dell

 

Abeego Designs - Victoria

All Inclusive Marketing Inc. - Vancouver

Fresh Magazine - Vancouver

Haida Gwaii Trader - Port Clements

Intuitive Rehab Services - Chilliwack

Jive Communications - Vancouver

LNG Studios - Vancouver

Tradeopolis Communications - Kamloops

Vital Body Weight Loss Centre - Burnaby

What The Fungus – Summerland

BEST CONCEPT

Presented by MNP LLP

 

Big Heart Publishing Inc. - Wells

Birch & Lace - Revelstoke

Circus Play Café - Vancouver

ElleBoxCo - Vancouver

Filaprint - Tumbler Ridge

Merge - Tofino

Oxygen Yoga and Fitness - Squamish

Riipen Networks - Vancouver

Roar Representation - Nanaimo

The Realm of Toys - Williams Lake

BEST EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR

Presented by Yellow Pages

 

720 Sweets - Vancouver

Big Bro's Barbershop - Vancouver

Canada's Best Apps - Whistler

Cryo Care - Kelowna

JOMA Environmental Ltd. - Victoria

JustGreet - Vancouver

Nutritive.co - Roberts Creek

Odonit - Vancouver

Skynation - Vancouver

Valkyrie Martial Arts Inc. – Vancouver

BEST EMPLOYER

Presented by WorkSafeBC

 

Blacksmith Bakery - Fort Langley

Blush Bridal - Vancouver

Intuitive Rehab Services - Chilliwack

Nancy O's Restaurant - Prince George

North Construction Ltd. - North Vancouver

Pender Auto Body Ltd. - Vancouver

The Bar Method - Vancouver

VictorEric Design Group - Vancouver

Vij's Restaurant - Vancouver

Western Shrink Wrap Limited - Maple Ridge

BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Presented by Livingston International

 

Arriba Mexico Food Co. - Esquimalt

Ayoub's Dried Fruits and Nuts - North Vancouver

Canadian Relocation Specialists - South Surrey

DEEBEE'S SpecialTea Foods - Victoria

Doi Chaang Coffee Company - Vancouver

Lulu Island Winery - Richmond

Milo Enterprises Inc. - Vancouver

Misty Mountain Industrial Ltd. - Richmond

Republica Coffee Roasters Inc. - Fort Langley

Strong International Trading Inc. – Richmond

BEST ONLINE MARKETER

Presented by Sage

 

6S Marketing Inc. - Vancouver

Butter Studios - Port Moody

Glitter & Spice - South Surrey

Indexsy - Richmond

JY Knows It Business Consulting - Surrey

Market Ink Consulting Ltd. - Vancouver

Modern Marketing Advantage - Qualicum Beach

National Speakers Bureau - Vancouver

Sunberry Fitness - Richmond

The Counselling Group - White Rock

BEST WORKPLACE

Presented by WellnessFits

 

Advisor Websites - Vancouver

Contours for Men and Women - Prince George

Goatsocial - Vancouver

Hey Beautiful Salon - Nanaimo

Intuitive Rehab Services - Chilliwack

Left of the Dot Media - Maple Ridge

Mandala Homes - Nelson

Nucleus Networks Inc. - Vancouver

Propel Solutions Ltd. - Vancouver

Rainbow's Roost – Kamloops

Businesses in the Top 10 will now move forward to face a panel of judges, who will review their applications, and based on the award criteria, narrow down the competition to the Top 5 finalists in each category.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 25, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier's Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners will also be offered a one-year All-Access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.

More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

Quotes

"Small businesses are the backbone of communities across BC. The Premier's People's Choice Award is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate a small business that goes the extra mile for its neighbours." – Premier Christy Clark.

"This year we saw a tremendous amount of participation in the Small Business BC Awards through a high number of nominees coming in from across the province. 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." – George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC

"IBC is proud to once again sponsor the Small Business BC Awards, and to have the opportunity to recognize hard-working entrepreneurs for their dedication to communities across the province. We are so pleased to see the significant growth in participation for this year's competition, as a clear indicator of the impact small businesses have here in BC.  On behalf of IBC I congratulate all the finalists and wish them continued success as they move forward into the next round of this year's competition."  – Bill Adams, VP, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Over 4,000 entrepreneurs have participated in the Small Business Awards since its inception
  • There is a new award category for Best Apprentice Training sponsored by Industry Training Authority
  • The Province of British Columbia and Premier Clark support the Small Business BC Awards through the Premier's People's Choice Award and the Premier's Prize of $1,500 cash given to each winner

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.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The private P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes and levies to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $48 billion.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

For further information: Media Contact: Mark Blendheim, Communications Manager, Small Business BC, Direct: 604-775-5607, blendheim.mark@smallbusinessbc.ca

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