14th Annual Small Business BC Awards

Rocky Point Ice Cream Inc.  of  Port Moody make the list as one of the tops…

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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. This year, 699 nominations from 72 communities across the province and over 32,000 votes were received.

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.

Those who activated their communities and received the most votes were named the Top 10 Semi-Finalists on December 12, 2016, and invited to submit a more detailed application. These applications were used to decide the Top 5 Finalists in this year’s competition.

These outstanding businesses will now face a Dragons’ Den-style panel of business experts who will determine the winner in each category:

 

PREMIER’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Presented by the Province of British Columbia

Beachcomber Coffee Company Inc. – Gibsons
Picnic Charcuterie – Tofino
Sea To Sky Air – Squamish
Vintage and Restoration Love – Dawson Creek
Wheelhouse Brewing Company – Prince Rupert

 

BEST APPRENTICE TRAINING
Presented by ITA and KPU

Harbourview Autohaus Ltd. – Nanaimo
Heidout Restaurant and Brewhouse – Cranbrook
Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc. – Chilliwack
Northern Legendary Construction – Charlie Lake
Rambow Mechanical Ltd. – Kelowna

 

BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT
Presented by Vancity

Greater Vancouver Lice Clinic – Maple Ridge
Cowichan Energy Alternatives – Duncan
Fraser Lake Dollar Store and Corner Store – Fraser Lake
Lighthouse Labs – Vancouver
Rainbow’s Roost – Kamloops

 

BEST COMPANY
Presented by Sage

Dalex Auto Services – Fort Nelson
Nucleus Networks Inc. – Vancouver
Rocky Point Ice Cream Inc. – Port Moody
Vernon Teach and Learn Ltd. – Vernon
Wholesale Furniture Brokers – Kamloops

 

BEST CONCEPT
Presented by Rogers Communications

Canada’s Best Apps – Whistler
Infuse I.T. | VinStream – Kelowna
Lil Worker Safety Gear – Comox
Studio Robazzo – Victoria
Wine Crush Market – Penticton

 

BEST EMPLOYER
Presented by TruShield Insurance

Aequilibrium Software Inc. – Vancouver
Central Kitchen – Bar – Kelowna
RDC Fine Homes Inc. – Whistler
Valley Acrylic Bath Ltd. – Mission
VictorEric – Vancouver

 

BEST IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR
Presented by Small Business BC

FreshWorks Studio – Victoria
Country Chic Paint Ltd. – Duncan
Lilian Cazacu Notary Corporation – Langley
Nirvana Foods Inc. – Richmond
Trademark Factory – Vancouver

 

BEST INNOVATION
Presented by BC Innovation Council

Mazu – Kelowna
IT Glue – Vancouver
Terramera – Vancouver
The Alinker – Richmond
Two Hat Security – Kelowna

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Presented by UPS Canada

CPE Systems Inc. – Burnaby
Fusion Brand – Vancouver
Mountain Coffee Ltd. – Delta
Numpfer – Vancouver
Wize Monkey – Vancouver

 

BEST MARKETER
Presented by Yellow Pages

The Argosy – Prince Rupert
JY Knows It Business Consulting – Surrey
K’pure Naturals – Mission
Loulou Lollipop – Richmond
The Henna Hut – Penticton

 

Pitches will be held in-person at Small Business BC in Vancouver between February 6-14.

The winners will be announced at the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Vancouver on Thursday, February 23 during an evening of drinks, appetizers and networking with 500 B.C. business owners, industry influencers, government officials and special guests.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be 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 and Small Business BC Awards Ceremony can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.