SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

January 22, 2020 – British Columbia

Small Business BC is pleased to announce the finalists of the 17th Annual Small Business BC Awards. Over 600 small businesses across B.C. received nominations for the Awards during the nomination period from October 1 - November 30, 2019, and now have been whittled down to the Top 5 businesses in each award category.

The Top 5's represent small businesses from across British Columbia, including a tiny home manufacturer in Vernon, a clean cosmetics company in Salmon Arm, and a famous cat-focused cafe in Vancouver. This year's nominations show the breadth and innovation of the BC small business community, which is poised to flourish in the coming years.

Previous winners include:
Terramera
Sea to Sky Air
Mealshare
Winecrush
Two Wheel Gear
Moving 2 Canada
Sea to Sky Removal
Fully Managed Inc.


As the leading small business awards competition in British Columbia, these awards not only recognize the outstanding achievements of local entrepreneurs, they also provide a powerful platform for future success. With eight different categories, here are the Top 5 finalists for each category:

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

Boteco Brasil, Vancouver
Catoro Café, Vancouver
Griottes Polyglottes, Vancouver
Reuse Bags, Port Moody
Skwalwen Botanicals, Brackendale

BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT
Presented by Vancity

Catoro Café, Vancouver
Ginger Jars, Gibsons
Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen, New Westminster
Rio Theatre, Vancouver
Squamish Connector, Squamish

BEST COMPANY 
Presented by Small Business BC

Advanced Storage Centres, North Vancouver
Evision Media, Abbotsford
Foxy Box Wax Bar, Victoria
Green Chair Recycling, Vancouver
Twirling Umbrellas, Kelowna

BEST EMPLOYER
presented by ADP

Emelle's Catering, Vancouver
Geoscan Subsurface Surveys, Burnaby
Kleiner Services, Burnaby
Propel Solutions, Vancouver
Withinus Natural Health, Burnaby

BEST IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR 
Presented by BDC

Amiante Environmental Consulting, Abbotsford
High Beam Dreams, Gibsons
i4C Innovation, Trail
Magnum Construction Services Inc., New Westminster
Mansouri Immigration Firm, West Vancouver

BEST INNOVATION
Presented by Western Economic Diversification Canada

Advanced Quality Systems, Vancouver
Goose Insurance, Vancouver
Grizzly Force, Vancouver
Kinzoo, Vancouver
Reusable Bubble Tea Cup, Vancouver

BEST MARKETER
Presented by Small Business BC

Ay Lelum Good House of Design, Nanaimo
Culture Kefir Co., Richmond
Emelle’s Catering, Vancouver
Hunter Browns, Richmond
Summit Tiny Homes, Vernon

BEST YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR
Presented by Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Eat the Dishes, Surrey
Elevate Ultimate, Burnaby
Flourist, Vancouver
Mismack Clean Cosmetics, Salmon Arm
Sweet Lavations, 108 Mile Ranch

For the final step in the Small Business BC Awards’ judging process, all finalists will pitch their business to a panel of business experts during the week of February 3rd - 6th, 2020.

Please find our Media Kit at the bottom of this page.


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SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS GALA

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Gala, sponsored by Canada Post, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 21, 2020.

Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks, and networking with BC’s top business owners, industry leaders and government officials, all with glittering views of Vancouver Harbour and the North Shore mountains.

As part of the SBBC Awards, in partnership with the Government of British Columbia, SBBC will also celebrate the Open For Business Awards during the evening, highlighting the small, medium and large communities who have supported the growth of small businesses through regional initiatives.

Small Business BC Award winners will receive the Premier's Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business BC education and experts, and the honour of being named a top B.C. small business. 

More information about the Awards Gala: sbbc.co/awards2020

More details about the Small Business BC Awards: sbbcawards.ca


QUOTES

"We are thrilled with the engagement of B.C.’s small businesses and the communities that support them as we prepare to host the 17th Annual Small Business BC and Open for Business Awards next month. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of the finalists entering this last leg of the competition.”
- Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC

“Canada Post is pleased to once again celebrate the success of small businesses and entrepreneurs through our involvement in the Small Business BC Awards. We look forward to sharing their stories of success and helping to support the growth of these businesses.” – Danielle Doiron, General Manager of Marketing at Canada Post

PHOTOS

Small Business BC Awards Gala 2019


James Blackwell Marketing, Small Business BC


About Canada Post
Canada Post is Canada's primary postal operator, providing service to more than 16 million addresses and delivering nearly 8.4 billion items in 2016. They are committed to providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions that create value for customers, small business and Canadians.

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