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
Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces – Whistler
Soil Mate – Kelowna
Best Emerging Entrepreneur
Float Space – Kelowna
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
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.