Top 5 finalists announced for 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Jan. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Small Business BC, the province's premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, asked British Columbians to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses between October 1 and November 30 for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards.

This year marked the biggest year yet for the Small Business BC Awards competition with a total of 535 published nominees from 71 communities across British Columbia.

The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category were announced as the Top 10 Semi-Finalists on December 11, 2015. The Top 5 finalists have now been selected and invited to present a 10-minute pitch to the internal and external judges to prove themselves as BC's best. These companies are:

PREMIER'S PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Presented by the Province of British Columbia

 

Back to Earth Enviro Products Inc. - Coldstream

Game Quest - Prince George

Lighthouse Visionary Strategies - Whistler

Shiraz Café and Restaurant - Prince George

Vintage & Restoration Love - Dawson Creek

BEST APPRENTICE TRAINING

Presented by Industry Training Authority and BCIT

 

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

 

BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT

Presented by Vancity

 

Coco Café - Nanaimo

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society - Duncan

Doi Chaang Coffee Company - Vancouver

The Sparkle Project BC - Abbotsford

Tla'amin Convenience Store - Powell River

 

BEST COMPANY

Presented by Dell

 

All Inclusive Marketing Inc. - Vancouver

Jive Communications - Vancouver

LNG Studios - Vancouver

Vital Body Weight Loss Centre - Burnaby

What The Fungus – Summerland

BEST CONCEPT

Presented by MNP LLP

 

Big Heart Publishing Inc. - Wells

Circus Play Café - Vancouver

ElleBoxCo - Vancouver

Filaprint - Tumbler Ridge

Riipen Networks - Vancouver

 

BEST EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR

Presented by Yellow Pages

 

Big Bro's Barbershop - Vancouver

JOMA Environmental Ltd. - Victoria

Odonit - Vancouver

Skynation - Vancouver

Valkyrie Martial Arts Inc. – Vancouver

 

BEST EMPLOYER

Presented by WorkSafeBC

 

Intuitive Rehab Services - Chilliwack

North Construction Ltd. - North Vancouver

Pender Auto Body Ltd. - Vancouver

VictorEric Design Group - Vancouver

Vij's Restaurant - Vancouver

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Presented by Livingston International

 

Arriba Mexico Food Co. - Esquimalt

DEEBEE'S SpecialTea Foods - Victoria

Lulu Island Winery - Richmond

Milo Enterprises Inc. - Vancouver

Republica Coffee Roasters Inc. - Fort Langley

BEST ONLINE MARKETER

Presented by Sage

 

6S Marketing Inc. - Vancouver

Butter Studios - Port Moody

Glitter & Spice - South Surrey

Sunberry Fitness - Richmond

The Counselling Group - White Rock

 

BEST WORKPLACE

Presented by WellnessFits

 

Intuitive Rehab Services - Chilliwack

Left of the Dot Media - Maple Ridge

Mandala Homes - Nelson

Nucleus Networks Inc. - Vancouver

Rainbow's Roost – Kamloops

"We'd like to congratulate the Top 5 and wish them the best of luck as they pitch the judges," says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. "The participation of greater numbers of nominees from even more communities across the province this year has made for an entertaining and very high-spirited competition."

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.

"I want to congratulate all of this year's Small Business BC Awards finalists and to thank you for showcasing the loyal communities that support your businesses. We're working hard to create a culture of entrepreneurship by ensuring small businesses have the tools they need to innovate and succeed." – Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch

"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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