14th Annual Small Business BC Awards – Fraser Valley Winner

Vancouver – The winners of the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards were announced last night at the Pan Pacific Vancouver during an evening of drinks, appetizers and networking with 500 entrepreneurs, industry influencers, government officials and special guests.
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 that new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.
Between October 1 and November 30, 2016, Small Business BC and the Insurance Bureau of Canada asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses. This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province. FVN Fraser Valley News were nominated for three awards in the preliminary voting.
The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category were asked to complete an extended application, to decide the Top 5 Finalists, who moved on to face a panel of judges earlier this month. Those who met the criteria and demonstrated they were the best for the category were announced as the winners – they are:
PREMIER’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Presented by the Province of British Columbia

Sea To Sky Air – Squamish

BEST APPRENTICE TRAINING
Presented by ITA and KPU
 
Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc. – Chilliwack
BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT
Presented by Vancity

Rainbow’s Roost – Kamloops
BEST COMPANY
Presented by Sage

Rocky Point Ice Cream Inc. – Port Moody

BEST CONCEPT
Presented by Rogers Communications

Wine Crush – Penticton

BEST EMPLOYER
Presented by TruShield Insurance

Central Kitchen + Bar – Kelowna

BEST IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR
Presented by Small Business BC

Lilian Cazacu Notary Corporation – Langley
BEST INNOVATION
Presented by BC Innovation Council

Terramera – Vancouver

BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Presented by UPS Canada

Wize Monkey – Vancouver

BEST MARKETER
Presented by Yellow Pages

The Argosy – Prince Rupert

The winners received a Small Business BC Awards trophy, 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.
Nominations for next year’s Small Business BC Awards competition will open October 1, 2017. More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.
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.

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