Top 10 Semi-Finalists announced for 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards

VANCOUVER, Dec. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Small Business BC, the province's premier resource for entrepreneurs, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada, asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards between October 1 and November 30, 2016.

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia's entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in B.C., with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province. 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 this year's competition:

PREMIER'S PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Presented by the Province of British Columbia

 

Beachcomber Coffee Company Inc. – Gibsons

Bowen Island Massage Therapy – Bowen Island

Cowichan Energy Alternatives – Duncan

Kaslo Sourdough – Kaslo

Picnic Charcuterie – Tofino

Pivotstar Designs Inc. – North Vancouver

Roxann's Hats – Fort Langley

Sea To Sky Air – Squamish

Vintage and Restoration Love – Dawson Creek

Wheelhouse Brewing Company – Prince Rupert

 

BEST APPRENTICE TRAINING

Presented by ITA and Kwantlen Polytechnic University

 

Benchmark Automotive Prince George

Harbourview Autohaus Ltd. Nanaimo

Heidout Restaurant and Brewhouse Cranbrook

Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc. Chilliwack

K&K Electric Ltd. Port Hardy

Northern Electric Prince George

Northern Legendary Construction Charlie Lake

Rambow Mechanical Ltd. Kelowna

Sprucehill Contracting Inc. North Vancouver

Technicon Industries Ltd. Terrace

BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT

Presented by Vancity

 

Brook Public Relations Firm Cranbrook

Cowichan Energy Alternatives Duncan

Fraser Lake Dollar Store and Corner Store Fraser Lake

Good Times Games and Electronics Prince Rupert

Greater Vancouver Lice Clinic Maple Ridge

Lighthouse Labs Vancouver

My Mountain Co-op Terrace

Rainbow's Roost Kamloops

Sea Hiker Swimming Inc. Bowen Island

Tla'amin Convenience Store Powell River

 

BEST COMPANY

Presented by Sage

 

Dalex Auto Services Fort Nelson

Elite Image Nanaimo

Game Quest Prince George

Northern Lights Estate Winery Prince George

Nucleus Networks Inc. Vancouver

Rocky Point Ice Cream Inc. Port Moody

Vernon Teach and Learn Ltd Vernon

Wheelhouse Brewing Company Prince Rupert

Wholesale Furniture Brokers Kamloops

Yeti Farm Creative Kelowna

 

BEST CONCEPT

Presented by Small Business BC

 

Canada's Best Apps Whistler

Infuse I.T. | VinStream Kelowna

Lil Worker Safety Gear Comox

Mint Magazine Kelowna

Next Generation Apparel – Victoria

Play Grounds Café Prince George

Studio Robazzo Victoria

The Great Fraser River Salmon BBQ Competition Hope

Vertical Edge Window Cleaning Kelowna

Wine Crush Market Penticton

 

BEST EMPLOYER

Presented by TruShield Insurance

 

Aequilibrium Software Inc. Vancouver

Blue Pearl Mortgage Surrey

Central Kitchen - Bar Kelowna

Friendly Giant Window & Gutters Victoria

Longevity Graphics Coquitlam

Motherload Transport Services Inc. Nanaimo

Picture This Today 3D Inc. Victoria

RDC Fine Homes Inc. Whistler

Valley Acrylic Bath Ltd. Mission

VictorEric Vancouver

 

BEST IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR

Presented by Small Business BC

 

County Chic Paint Ltd. Duncan

Envisioning Labs Vancouver

Fans of Vancouver Tours Vancouver

FreshWorks Studio Victoria

Lilian Cazacu Notary Corporation – Langley

Nirvana Foods Inc. Richmond

Rosewood Photography Studio North Vancouver

Trademark Factory Vancouver

Vancouver ProStyle Contractors Ltd. Langley

Way to Canada Immigration Services Coquitlam

 

BEST INNOVATION

Presented by BC Innovation Council

 

Filaprint Tumbler Ridge

IT Glue – Vancouver

Mazu Kelowna

NZ Builders North Saanich

Phoenix Molecular Designs Richmond

Spark – Vancouver

StoryTap Vancouver

Terramera Vancouver

The Alinker Richmond

Two Hat Security Kelowna

BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Presented by UPS Canada

 

Arriba Mexico Food Co. – Esquimalt

CanDig Mini Excavators Inc. – Kamloops

CPE Systems Inc. – Burnaby

Doi Chaang Coffee Co. – Vancouver

First Light Technologies  – Victoria

Fusion Brand – Vancouver

Mountain Coffee Ltd. – Delta

Numpfer – Vancouver

Serengeti Northern BC-International & Specialty Grocery Store – Prince George

Wize Monkey – Vancouver

 

BEST MARKETER

Presented by Yellow Pages

 

JY Knows It Business Consulting – Surrey

K'pure Naturals – Mission

Lifeblood Marketing – Kelowna

Loulou Lollipop – Richmond

Prince George Airport Authority – Prince George

Rocket Web Labs – Vancouver

Sue Studio Marketing – Vancouver

The Argosy – Prince Rupert

The Henna Hut – Penticton

What's Up? Hot Dog! – Vancouver

 

 

The Top 10 Semi-Finalists will be given one month to provide our expert panel of judges a detailed application outlining why they deserve to win the award. These applications will be used to decide the Top 5 Finalists, which will be announced on January 23, 2017.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2017 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards are recognized with the Premier's Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education, resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

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

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"Small businesses are the backbone of Canada's leading economy, responsible for creating over a million jobs in B.C. That's why we worked hard to become the most small business-friendly jurisdiction in North America. Congratulations to all the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for being recognized as innovative, responsible pillars in their community." – Premier Christy Clark

"Small businesses account for 98% of all businesses in B.C. – they drive the economy and create jobs for British Columbians. All the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Small Business BC Awards should be proud that their communities voted them into the top spots! Congratulations to all the Top 10 Semi-Finalists in the Small Business BC Awards." – Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Liquor Distribution, Province of British Columbia

"This year, we saw an incredible level of participation in the Small Business BC Awards with 699 nominations from 72 communities across the province. Their efforts to build a vibrant economy in B.C. deserve the respect of all British Columbians and the Small Business BC Awards are the best way to celebrate and acknowledge their success and contribution." – George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC

"IBC is proud to support small businesses in British Columbia and across Canada. Insurers and consumers know that when small businesses succeed it promotes job creation and economic growth. That is why Canada's insurance industry is committed to working with small business owners to make sure they have the protection and coverage they need to help them grow and prosper." – Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC

"At the BC Innovation Council we are lucky to do what we do as we get to witness the broad reach that technology has on the province. Every day, we are able to witness the benefits our province's innovators are able to provide to B.C. We see first-hand that tech is everywhere and we are proud to sponsor an award that recognizes this." – Carl Anderson, President and CEO, BC Innovation Council

"We're looking forward to meeting all the nominated employers for the Best Apprentice Training Award this year. Small businesses make up a large portion of B.C.'s economy and this community plays an important role in ensuring that skilled trades apprentices are getting the right hands-on experience on their apprenticeship journey. We're excited to partner with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to recognize an employer that is doing their part to training B.C.'s trades industry." – Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority

"I would like to congratulate the semi-finalists for the Best Apprenticeship Training Award. Small businesses are highly-valued partners across KPU's various programs, including Trades and Horticulture. Their support of our students and the real-world mentoring is vital to their success as apprentices. We recognize the essential contribution of small business to the ecology of B.C. and Canada's economy and are honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate this significant contribution from small businesses across the province." – Salvador Ferreras, Ph.D., Provost and Vice-President Academic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

"We are thrilled to see such strong levels of participation and engagement in the Small Business BC Awards this year. As avid supporters of the small business community, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the outstanding businesses that have emerged as Top 10 Semi-Finalists for each of the award categories."   Paul Struthers, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Sage Canada

"TruShield Insurance is proud to partner with an innovative organization like Small Business BC and help support the hard-working entrepreneurs of British Columbia. We're amazed to see such impressive growth in the participation for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards, and we look forward to honouring both the success of these finalists and their contributions to our communities. Congratulations to each of you!"Mike Gaba, Manager, Business Development, TruShield Insurance

"UPS Canada is proud to collaborate with Small Business BC to offer the Best International Trade Award to entrepreneurs in British Columbia. We would like to acknowledge those who were nominated, and congratulate those who are now Top 10 Semi-Finalists in the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards."Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business, UPS Canada

"Small businesses are the drivers of the local economy, they innovate to create new products and services, generate jobs and help our communities thrive. We congratulate the Top 10 organizations along with those who were also nominated for the impact they are making in the communities where we live and work." – Catherine Ludgate, Manager, Community Investment, Vancity

"On behalf of Yellow Pages Group, I would like to express my sincere congratulations to this year's Top 10 Semi-Finalists. B.C. has some phenomenally successful entrepreneurs who have made huge contributions to local communities, and it gives me great pleasure to see the successes and achievements of those making a difference being acknowledged and recognized."Sonny Magon, Senior Sales Manager, Yellow Pages

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 the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties. P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 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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