Three Weeks Left to Submit Nominations for the Small Business BC Awards and the Open for Business Awards

November 8, 2017 – British Columbia: There is only three weeks left to submit nominations for the 15th Annual Small Business BC Awards, presented by Small Business BC and Canada Post.

So far there are over 400 nominees from communities across British Columbia, including Summerland, Terrace, Coquitlam, Victoria and beyond.

Nominations for the largest small business awards contest in the province are open until November 30, 2017, so there is still time to nominate in one of the following 10 categories:

Premier’s People’s Choice
Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia

Best Apprentice Training
Sponsored by Industry Training Authority

Best Community Impact
Sponsored by Vancity

Best Company

Sponsored by Sage

Best Concept
Sponsored by Rogers

Best Employer
Sponsored by TruShield

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur

Best Innovation

Best International Trade
Sponsored by UPS

Best Marketer

Nominated business owners are tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means possible.

Each award winner will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business BC education products and services, and access to the amazing marketing and PR opportunities that the awards present.

“The hardworking entrepreneurs who create and operate small businesses are so critical to our communities and economy,” said Lise Côté, General Manager of Consumer & Small Business Marketing at Canada Post. “Canada Post is proud to partner with them, knowing that their success makes our company and our country stronger.”

But the celebrations do not stop there. This year for the first time, Small Business BC, the Province of British Columbia and the Small Business Roundtable are also encouraging members of the public to nominate their community for the Open for Business Awards. The Open for Business Awards recognize the communities that best demonstrate they are promoting and adopting business friendly initiatives in their region.

“We are delighted to see the nominations coming in for the Open for Business Awards, in many of the communities we work with across the province,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “We see first-hand the impact a thriving community can have on a business, and we’re excited to celebrate that.”

“Small businesses continue to drive B.C.’s strong, sustainable economy and create good jobs for British Columbians across the province,” says Premier John Horgan, “It’s important to recognize leaders and innovators in small business for their contributions to our province, and I am delighted to support this year’s awards and the work of Small Business BC.”

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

More details on what happens after nominations are submitted for both the Small Business BC Awards and Open for Business Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

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Media Contact:
Leah Baker
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Small Business BC
Direct: 604-775-5607
baker.leah@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 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.

About the Province of British Columbia

The B.C. government recognizes that small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and the backbone of our economy. Small business plays a vital role in developing both the economic and social fabric of our province. The Small Business Branch, through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, is committed to supporting and developing small businesses throughout the province in every stage of the business lifecycle. It’s part of our goal to make B.C. the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada.

About the Small Business Roundtable

The permanent Small Business Roundtable was established in 2005 to engage in a dialogue with small business owners to identify the key issues and opportunities facing small businesses in British Columbia, and to develop recommendations for small business and government on strategies to enhance small business growth and success.

Door Prize Winners from the 2017 SBBC Awards Ceremony

Did you attend the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2017? If so you could be one of our door prize winners!

Our Winners

Winner: Javier Neumann

Prize: 4 Club Seats and Swag, Whitecaps FC 

Winner: Clarence Tay

1 night stay at The Listel Hotel + dinner for 2 at Forage, The Listel Hotel

Winner: Stephanie Mallalieu

1 Night Stay in the Newly Reopened, Pacific Club floor and Brunch for 2 at Oceans 999’s Sunday Market , Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver

Winner: Oscar Paz

1 Night Stay in Studio Suite, Nita Lake Lodge

Winner: Bruce Livingston

3 Tickets to VidTalks Conference, Vlognation

Winner: Adam Strauts

Legal Consultation, Benchmark Law Corporation ($500 value)

Winner: Todd Katsuyama

Classic Full Set of Lash Extensions, Noir Lash Lounge

Winner: Adrian Partridge

Hat, Roxann’s Hats

Winner: Ray Salama

Facialiscious Facial, Skoah ($120 Value)

Winner: Barbara Christie

Screen Printing Service, Double L Screen Printing ($75 value)

Winner: Andrew Park

Catering Gift Card, Crème de la Crumb ($100 value)

Winner: Violet Shot

5 Hours of Graphic Design & Marketing Services, The Flower Girl

Winner: Sarah Morton

96 Cotton T-shirts with Your Chosen Design, Action Athletic

Winner: Mike Tran

Media Communications Kit, Incorporation Kit, Tax Sense Kit and $100 Gift Card for Small Business BC Seminars and Webinars

Claim Your Prize

Are you one of the door winners? Contact awards@smallbusinessbc.ca to arrange pick-up of your prize.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Small Business BC would like to extend its thanks to this year’s door prize sponsors for their generous support!

Thank You for Attending

Thank you all for joining us to celebrate entrepreneurship in BC. We hope to see you next year!

Find out more about the Award Winners and event.

Presenting Your 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards Winners

Winners Shareable

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

Best Company
Presented by Dell

Filaprint – Tumbler Ridge

Best Concept
Presented by MNP LLP

Big Bro’s Barbershop – Vancouver

Best Emerging Entrepreneur
Presented by Yellow Pages

North Construction Ltd. – North Vancouver

Best Employer
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

Best Workplace
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.”

Congratulations to the 2015-16 Small Business BC Awards Top 5 Finalists

TOP 5 Shareable

Your Top 5 Finalists for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards have been chosen after careful consideration by our judges. The competition was strong with a record-breaking 535 nominations from across the province and a standout selection of Top 10 Semi-Finalists.

Now, the Top 5 Finalists, with the exception of the Premier’s People’s Choice Award, will present a ten minute Dragon’s Den-style pitch to a panel of leading entrepreneurs and industry experts. These judges will determine the winners of this year’s Small Business BC Awards. The Premier’s People’s Choice Award is awarded to the business with the greatest amount of votes.

Winners will be announced on February 25, 2016 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, hosted by Travel Best Bets Founder and Global BC travel expert, Claire Newell. Space is limited, so buy your ticket today.

These are your 2015-16 Top 5 finalists.

 

Premier’s People’s Choice

Back to Earth Enviro Products Inc. – Coldstream

Game Quest – Prince George

Lighthouse Visionary Strategies – Whistler

Shiraz Café and Restaurant – Prince George

Vintage & Restoration Love – Dawson Creek

 

Best Apprentice Training

KYBE Electrical Contracting – North Vancouver

Mussell Crane – Chilliwack

Pender Auto Body Ltd. – Vancouver

Schubert Plumbing & Heating Ltd. – Mission

Solid Rock Steel Fabricating Co. Ltd. – Surrey

 

Best Community Impact

Coco Café – Nanaimo

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society – Duncan

Doi Chaang Coffee Company – Vancouver

The Sparkle Project BC – Abbotsford

Tla’amin Convenience Store – Powell River

 

Best Company

All Inclusive Marketing Inc. – Vancouver

Jive Communications – Vancouver

LNG Studios – Vancouver

Vital Body Weight Loss Centre – Burnaby

What The Fungus – Summerland

 

Best Concept

Big Heart Publishing Inc. – Wells

Circus Play Café – Vancouver

ElleBoxCo – Vancouver

Filaprint – Tumbler Ridge

Riipen Networks – Vancouver

 

Best Emerging Entrepreneur

Big Bro’s Barbershop – Vancouver

JOMA Environmental Ltd. – Victoria

Odonit – Vancouver

Skynation – Vancouver

Valkyrie Martial Arts Inc. – Vancouver

 

Best Employer

Intuitive Rehab Services – Chilliwack

North Construction Ltd. – North Vancouver

Pender Auto Body Ltd. – Vancouver

VictorEric Design Group – Vancouver

Vij’s Restaurant – Vancouver

 

Best International Trade

Arriba Mexico Food Co. – Esquimalt

DEEBEE’S SpecialTea Foods – Victoria

Lulu Island Winery – Richmond

Milo Enterprises Inc. – Vancouver

Republica Coffee Roasters Inc. – Fort Langley

 

Best Online Marketer

6S Marketing Inc. – Vancouver

Butter Studios – Port Moody

Glitter & Spice – South Surrey

Sunberry Fitness – Richmond

The Counselling Group – White Rock

 

Best Workplace

Intuitive Rehab Services – Chilliwack

Left of the Dot Media – Maple Ridge

Mandala Homes – Nelson

Nucleus Networks Inc. – Vancouver

Rainbow’s Roost – Kamloops

 

Celebrate small business in BC and reserve your Small Business BC Awards Ceremony ticket today. We look forward to seeing you there.

Photos from the 2015 Small Business BC Awards

Did you attend the Small Business BC Awards ceremony, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver on February 26, 2015? Relive some of the best moments from the event below. And if you didn’t attend, get a sneak peek at what the SBBC Awards are all about!

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You can check out and comment on this photo set on Flickr too.

Photography for the SBBC Awards ceremony was provided by Butter Studios Photographers.

Presenting Your 12th Annual SBBC Awards Winners

The top small businesses in BC were announced last night as the winners of the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

The competition was fierce and the winners had to prove their excellence among a group of 460 nominated businesses in ten different award categories. The winners were selected after an intense five-month process that involved online voting, applications and a Dragons’ Den style pitch to a judging panel.

This year’s winners are:

Premier’s People’s Choice
Julie’s Edible Bouquets – Quesnel

Best Community Impact
Mealshare – Vancouver

Best Company
Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces – Whistler

Best Concept
Soil Mate – Kelowna

Best Emerging Entrepreneur
Float Space – Kelowna

Best Employer
Origin Gluten-Free Bakery – Victoria

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur
Infinity Enterprises Group – Whistler

Best International Trade
Target Marine Hatcheries – Sechelt

Best Online Marketer
Vonbon Children’s Apparel – Vancouver

Best Workplace
Mel’s Mainstreet Pizza & Pasta – Enderby

This year, the first-ever Best Emerging Entrepreneur Award and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award were handed out to recognize a young individual who contributes to the social, cultural and economic well-being of their communities, as well as an outstanding new Canadian who has started a successful business in BC.

“The Small Business BC Awards are all about celebrating hardworking entrepreneurs, the people who make small towns and big cities thrive,” said Premier Christy Clark, who with support of the Province of British Columbia sponsored the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash to the winners of all 10 award categories.

Winning a Small Business BC Award can serve as a launching point for many small businesses, offering recognition, raising awareness and creating opportunities for exposure.

“We are extremely proud to help showcase the diverse talent and tremendous determination that exists amongst BC’s entrepreneurs. We congratulate the winners of the Small Business BC Awards and hope to see even more businesses recognized for their success next year,” said George Hunter, CEO of Small Business BC.

The Small Business BC Awards Contest is hosted annually by Small Business BC to celebrate the top small businesses from across British Columbia. Nominations for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards open on October 1, 2015; all businesses in BC are encouraged to participate.

Congratulations to the 2015 Small Business BC Awards Top 5 Finalists

After two intense weeks of deliberation by our judges, the Top 5 finalists for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards have now been chosen.

The Top 5 finalists from nine of the ten categories will now present a ten minute business pitch to a panel of industry experts and successful entrepreneurs, who will decide the winners of this year’s Small Business BC Awards.

Winners will be announced on February 26, 2015 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, where we hear special messages from Premier Christy Clark, the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business and Travel Best Bets Founder and Global BC travel expert, Claire Newell. Buy your tickets before January 31 and receive $5 off the ticket price, using promo code SBBC-EARLY2.

We now present to you, your 2015 Top 5 finalists.

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

While the Votes are Being Counted, Here’s Some of This Year’s Highlights

Nomination and voting has now closed. Thank you for taking the time to nominate your favourite businesses and voting to help them compete. While we’re busy counting the votes and running our normalization calculations, we thought we would share some of the news highlights from this year’s nomination period:

Nominations Open for Small Business BC Awards 2015 – VanCity Buzz

What does being a Small Business in Vancouver Mean to You? – VanCity Buzz

The Tech for Kids initiative: Striving to give all kids access to techh – VanCity Buzz

Small BC Business Owners Share Tricks of the Trade(PHOTOS) – Huffington Post

Two in the Running for SBBC Awards – Delta Optimist

Businesses get the Provincial Nod – The Prince George Citizen

Three Local Businesses Nominated for SBBC Awards – Langley Today

Houston Shop Recognized by Small Business BC Awards – Moose FM

Local Small Businesses Nominated for BC Award – Abbotsford News

More Penticton Nominees for Small Business BC Awards – BC Local News

Two Small Businesses in White Rock Nominated for Small Business BC Awards – InWhiteRock.com

Down to Business: Small Businesses Recognized in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Times

Four Small Businesses in Kamloops Nominated for Small Business BC Awards – Interior Daily News

Don’t forget to check back December 12, 2014 to find out who the Top 10 Finalists will be.

And, remember, tickets are now available for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards Ceremony, which takes place at the Pan Pacific Vancouver on February 26, 2014, buy yours today!

VIDEO: Toby Barazzuol Shares Tips on Work-Life Balance, Systems and Teams

Toby Barazzuol started Eclipse Awards, a world class recognition supplier and boutique consulting firm in 1998. Originally based in Yaletown, he soon realized that it would be better for his business to move to somewhere that it could make a difference on the community it was based in. So they moved to Strathcona.

As a business, Eclipse has worked with some of the world’s most successful organizations including NASA, the United Nations and the US Marine Corps.

But, it is not their clientele that makes Eclipse stand out in a crowd. Toby’s focus on regeneration and building strong communities has made him an iconic figure in Vancouver and beyond. Understanding sustainability is the single greatest investment you can make toward your future success. But Toby warns that the world is much more transparent now, with social media, so it is important to actively live by those values.

“It is a healthy process to think about your business in new ways in terms of manufacturing, marketing and how you relate to your staff,” explains Toby. “All those things you can look at through a new lens of sustainability it can be very beneficial and enlightening … you might come out with some kind of money-saving program that will not only reduce your environmental footprint but your costs too.”

Find out Toby’s three success tips, including how to achieve work-life balance below.

VIDEO: Fully Managed Inc, Shares how to be the Best Employer

Chris Day started Fully Managed in 2002. We was the sole employee, working as an independent IT consultant from home. Today, he has 40 employees, with offices in Vancouver and Edmonton. Scaling the business from one to 40, though is no small feat, but it was the kind of challenge that inspired Chris to be an entrepreneur.
For Chris, a major turning point in the business came when he clearly defined the company’s vision and goals. “Until we figured out our core purpose and values, we had a difficult time attracting and retaining the right people,” says Chris.

Today, his strive to create an exceptional workplace, is paying dividends. Recently being recognized as the Best Overall Workplace Under 100 Employees in Alberta and in Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, as well as the Small Business BC Award for Best Employer in 2014.

Fully Managed does more than recruit employees who share its vision, they invest their resources in developing their employees too. Giving them the opportunity to create better lives for themselves and their families.

Chris’s advice for those starting out? “Figure out what makes you different from the other guy and develop your ‘why’,” he says. “It’s not to make money or to deliver a service – what will your clients feel if they work with you? Why should they choose you?”

Find out more tips for success from Chris in his video below.

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