Press Release

Top 5 Finalists Announced for Small Business BC Awards 2015

British Columbia – January 30, 2015: The Top 5 finalists have now been selected for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards, a province-wide competition where British Columbia’s entrepreneurs and small business owners compete to have their company named a BC best business.

This year was the biggest year yet for the competition with over 460 nominations received from 70 communities across the province.

Nominated businesses that were successful in rallying the support of their community and gathered the most votes made it through to the Top 10, announced in December 2014.

These businesses have now been narrowed down by the judges to the Top 5 in 10 different categories:

Premier’s People’s Choice

  • Firehall Brewery – Oliver
  • Game Quest – Prince George
  • Julie’s Edible Bouquets – Quesnel
  • Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces – Whistler
  • So Country Radio – Penticton

Best Community Impact

  • eeko Couriers – Vancouver
  • Mealshare – Vancouver
  • Sole Girls – North Vancouver
  • Spark Creations – Vancouver
  • Squamish ReBuild Society – Squamish

Best Company

  • CoreHealth Technologies – Kelowna
  • Fully Managed – Vancouver
  • Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces – Whistler
  • Pro-Med Ambulance – Fort St. John
  • Rocky Point Ice Cream – Port Moody

Best Concept

  • Flytographer – Victoria
  • Nourish – Kelowna
  • Playgrounds Café – Prince George
  • Soil Mate – Kelowna
  • Swept Away Inn – Port Alberni

Best Emerging Entrepreneur

  • Float Space – Kelowna
  • Hungry For Happiness – Vancouver
  • My Alberni App – Port Alberni
  • Plenty and Spare Naturals – Vancouver
  • Rise Adventure & Wellness Solutions – Victoria

Best Employer

  • 6S Marketing – Vancouver
  • Canadian Wilderness Adventures – Whistler
  • Intuitive Independence Rehabilitation Services – Chilliwack
  • Origin Gluten-Free Bakery – Victoria
  • RDC Fine Homes – Whistler

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur

  • Chez Christophe Chocolaterie – Burnaby
  • Infinity Enterprises Group – Whistler
  • Shiraz Cafe & Restaurant – Prince George
  • Vancouver Tumblebus – Port Coquitlam
  • Your Score Booster – Vancouver

Best International Trade

  • Averill Creek Vineyard – Duncan
  • Branded Athletics – Coquitlam
  • Doi Chaang Coffee Company – Vancouver
  • Polar Feet – Vancouver
  • Target Marine Hatcheries – Sechelt

Best Online Marketer

  • 505-Junk – Richmond
  • All Inclusive Marketing – Vancouver
  • Heartstrings Home Décor – Smithers
  • The Greenery Garden Centre – Kelowna
  • Vonbon Children’s Apparel – Vancouver

Best Workplace

  • AdvisorWebsites.com – Vancouver
  • CCN – North Vancouver
  • Chris’s Sign & Lighting Service – Langley
  • CoreHealth Technologies – Kelowna
  • Mel’s Mainstreet Pizza & Pasta – Enderby

The Top 5 finalists will now present a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to the judges to convince them why they should be named a BC best business.

Winners will be announced on February 26, 2015 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, where 500 small business owners, government representatives and other key business influencers will enjoy an evening that recognizes the amazing entrepreneurs in the province.

More information on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca 

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Quick Facts

  • Premier Christy Clark and the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business will deliver special messages at the 2014-15 Small Business BC Awards Ceremony.
  • The winners of the first-ever Best Emerging Entrepreneur Award and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award will also be announced at this year’s ceremony.
  • Over 3,000 entrepreneurs have participated in the SBBC Awards competition since its inception.

Quotes

“Small Business BC is proud to acknowledge the exceptionally talented, creative and passionate entrepreneurs in our province. The SBBC Awards provide a platform to showcase the impact that small businesses are having on their communities and the contributions they’re making to the economy and to celebrate the dedicated entrepreneurs who built them.” – George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC

“On behalf of IBC, I want to congratulate the hard-working, resourceful and skilled candidates in each category and wish them all the best in the final rounds. Thank you all for your dedicated efforts to better our communities and province. As small businesses are an integral part of British Columbia’s economy, we are pleased to return as title sponsor of the Small Business BC Awards for the sixth consecutive year.” – Bill Adams, VP, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Media Contact:

Mark Blendheim

Communications Manager, Small Business BC

Direct: 604-775-5607 | Cell: 604-339-4759

blendheim.mark@smallbusinessbc.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.

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.