Your top small businesses in BC were announced last night as the winners of the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards, hosted by Small Business BC at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver.
The celebration of BC business has never been more competitive with a record-breaking 535 nominations from across the province and a handpicked selection of Top 10 Semi-Finalists and Top 5 Finalists.
The Top 5 Finalists were faced with a ten minute Dragon’s Den-style pitch to a panel of industry experts and leading entrepreneurs, with the exception of the People’s Premier’s Choice Award, which is determined by the highest number of votes.
After much deliberation, this year’s winners are:
Shiraz Café and Restaurant – Prince George
Premier’s People’s Choice
Presented by the Province of British Columbia
KYBE Electrical Contracting – North Vancouver
Best Apprentice Training
Presented by Industry Training Authority and BCIT
COCO Cafe – Nanaimo
Best Community Impact
Presented by Vancity
All Inclusive Marketing Inc. – Vancouver
Presented by Dell
Filaprint – Tumbler Ridge
Presented by MNP LLP
Big Bro’s Barbershop – Vancouver
Best Emerging Entrepreneur
Presented by Yellow Pages
North Construction Ltd. – North Vancouver
Presented by WorkSafeBC
Republica Coffee Roasters Inc. – Fort Langley
Best International Trade
Presented by Livingston International
Glitter & Spice – South Surrey
Best Online Marketer
Presented by Sage
Left – Maple Ridge
Presented by WellnessFits
Recipients of Small Business BC Awards were recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners were also offered a one-year All-Access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.
“We’d like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Small Business BC Awards and wish them the best of luck as they move on to grow their very successful operations,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “The participation of greater numbers of nominees from even more communities across the province this year has made for an entertaining and very high-spirited competition.”