Small Business BC Top Ten Award Semi-Finalists

Fraser Valley – The Small Business BC Awards, are celebrating their 15th anniversary, with almost 600 nominations from across the province. We’ve spent the week hard at work counting your votes, and the Top 10 Semi-Finalists are ready to be announced.

Together with Canada Post, we’d like to extend our congratulations to this year’s Top 10s, as well as all of the outstanding nominated small businesses who participated in the contest – you really delivered. As the largest 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.

Last year, FVN Fraser Valley News were nominated in a handful of categories.

For the past two months, British Columbians have been nominating and voting for their favourite local small businesses to win one of ten categories in the Small Business BC Awards. These awards are the largest small business awards competition in British Columbia, and this year we received nearly 600 nominations from across the province.

After counting thousands of votes, we are now thrilled to announce the Small Business BC Awards top ten semi-finalists for each award category.

Eight of these semi-finalists are from the Fraser Valley! They are as follows, with the category they’ve been nominated in:

  • Aquasave Plumbing & Heating Services, Best Apprentice Training
  • Mountain Pacific Mechanical, Best Apprentice Training
  • Innergy Corporate Yoga, Best Company
  • Ironside Design Manufactuing, Best International Trade
  • Stattonrock Construction Ltd., Best Apprentice Training
  • eVision Media, Best Company
  • Boardwalk Cafe and Games, Best Concept
  • Imperial Custom Wood Finishing Ltd, Best Employer

The semi-finalists will now be tasked with proving why they are BC’s best. The winners be announced during the second week of February and the winners of each category will be announced at the Awards Gala on February 23, an elegant networking and dinner event that is open to the public. Gala tickets are on sale now, with early bird pricing, at sbbcawards.ca/buy-tickets.

So, without further ado, here are your 2018 Provincial Top 10 Semi-Finalists:

Premier People’s Choice Award

Presented by the Province of British Columbia

Duffy Baker Construction Corp., Penticton
Live Fiesta Media, Victoria
Namaskar Yoga Studio, Parksville
Okanagan Rawsome Natural Foods Inv., Grindrod
Rising Knead Bakery, Whistler
Sue’s Clotheslines, Creston
Technicon Industries, Terrace
The Gibsons Butcher, Gibsons
The Sign Cellar, Kamloops
ULAT Dryer Balls, Parksville

Best Apprentice Training

Presented by ITA

Aquasave Plumbing & Heating Services, Mission
Capilano Builders, North Vancouver
IRL Construction, Vancouver
Mountain Pacific Mechanical, Chilliwack
Northern Legendary Construction Ltd., Charlie Lake
NZ Builders, Victoria
Okanagan Cosmetology Institute LTD, Penticton
Shoesmith Construction, Fernie
Stattonrock Construction Ltd., Abbotsford
Technicon Industries, Terrace

Best Community Impact

Presented by Vancity

Courtyard Gallery, Enderby
Debra Lynn Creations, Surrey
Filaprint, Logan Lake
Green Chair Recycling, Vancouver
Hot Mama Health & Fitness Franchising, Victoria
Keela, Vancouver
Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple Syrup, Summerland
Purple Bicycle Natural Foods, Mackenzie
Recycling Alternative, Vancouver
Zero Ceiling Society of Canada, Whistler

Best Company

Presented by Sage

BikeHike Adventures, Vancouver
Csek Creative, Kelowna
District Bicycle Co., Kamloops
Dynamic Avalanche Consulting Ltd, Revelstoke
eVision Media, Abbotsford
Innergy Corporate Yoga, Chilliwack
MMA – Modern Marketing Advantage, Qualicum Beach
Pye Design, Victoria
SOMA Small Business Solutions, Gibsons
Wicks Electric Inc, Vancouver

Best Concept

Sponsored by Rogers

Barnacle Systems, Victoria
Boardwalk Café and Games, Abbotsford
Coast Protein, Vancouver
E’Klektik Trading, Prince Rupert
Focus Ability WorkAble Solutions, Salmon Arm
PayPie, Vancouver
Sea to Sky Removal, Squamish
SkyHive Technologies, Vancouver
Studiostone Creative, Vancouver
Tubify, Vancouver

Best Employer

Presented by TruShield

Aequilibrium, Vancouver
Imperial Custom Wood Finishing Ltd., Abbotsford
Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., Kelowna
Island Lake Lodge, Fernie
Motherload Transport Services Inc., Nanaimo
Mystique Hair Design, White Rock
Northern Legendary Construction Ltd., Charlie Lake
Pathfinder Endeavours Ltd., Prince George
The Directorship, Vancouver
The Gibsons Butcher, Gibsons

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur

Presented by Small Business BC

ChopValue Manufacturing Ltd., Vancouver
Driving Miss Daisy, North Vancouver
Envisioning Labs, Vancouver
Fans of Vancouver Tours, Vancouver
Freshworks Studio, Victoria
IRL Construction, Vancouver
Little Hut Curry, Powell River
Miku Vancouver, Vancouver
Ophthalight Digital Solutions, Vancouver
Wize Monkey, Vancouver

Best Innovation

Algabloom International Ltd., Richmond
AVA Technologies Inc., Vancouver
Bowyer & Toulson, Ladner
Certn, Victoria
Easy Daysies Ltd., Coquitlam
LifeSupply, Coquitlam
Nada, Vancouver
Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc., Kelowna
Winecrush, Penticton
World Tree COP, Victoria

Best International Trade

Presented by UPS

Atlas Manufacturing Ltd., Merville
Brosgall Legal, Vancouver
Domestic Objects, Vancouver
Furever Clean Dog Wash, Victoria
Ironside Design Manufacturing, Chilliwack
New Stone Age Cabochons, Victoria
Search & Rescue Denim, Vancouver
Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc., Kelowna
World Tree COP, Victoria
Wyssen Canada Inc., Revelstoke

Best Marketer

Presented by KPU

BC Buzz Honey, Langley
Domestic Objects, Vancouver
Empty Desk Solutions, Port Moody
Fortune Marketing, Kelowna
Island Lake Lodge, Fernie
JY Knows It Business Consulting, Vancouver
Longevity Graphics, Coquitlam
Nettle’s Tale Swimwear, Vancouver
Twirling Umbrellas, Kelowna
Two Wheel Gear, Vancouver

The Next Phase

These businesses will now be invited to submit an Extended Application Form which will be used by our judging panel to determine the Top 5 Finalists, who will be invited to pitch why they are BC’s best.

Winners will be announced at our Small Business BC Awards Gala on February 23, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

All 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 BC small business.

 

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