On February 23, 2018 we announced the ten winners of the 15th Annual Small Business BC Awards at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
With a room full of entrepreneurs and small business influencers we celebrated the best businesses of our province and how much small business contribute to our economy.
2018 Small Business BC Award Winners
Premier’s People’s Choice
Sponsored by the Government of British Columbia
This artisan butcher shop is a local family business located in Gibsons. They pride themselves in offering friendly, personalized service where custom cuts and requests are always welcomed. Owner Adam Vanderwoerd has succeeded in making his small business a cornerstone of his local community.
Best Apprentice Training
Sponsored by ITA
Founded in 2007 by Eric Bell, Northern Legendary Construction is one of the leading construction companies in Fort St John and the greater Peace Region. They specialize in general contracting for new builds and renovations in the commercial, industrial, and residential fields. Their absolute commitment to craftsmanship and service sets them apart from the competition.
Best Community Impact
Sponsored by Vancity
100% locally owned and operated, Recycling Alternative has grown to be recognized as a local leader in innovative approaches to recycling and community partnerships. They have initiated and co-developed innovative waste reduction and recycling models, through community partnerships including the Vancouver Biodiesel Coop, the Food Scraps Drop Spot, Vancouver’s GreenHUB and Recycle in Strathcona.
Sponsored by Sage
Founded by Bowen Island native Adam Wicks, Wick Electric Inc. offers an experienced team of professional electricians serving the entire Lower Mainland. The company handles everything from large-scale residential and commercial projects, to services calls and small jobs. Owner Adam Wicks was named in BC Business’ prestigious “30 Under 30” list in 2016.
Sponsored by Rogers
The construction industry is a huge creator of waste materials and refuse. Sea to Sky Removal is on a mission to change this wastefulness by providing affordable and environmentally-conscious alternatives. As part of their service, they provide recycling tutorials to crews who are used to tossing everything – plastic, wood, cardboard, carpet, stone – in a single trash bin. They even provide photo documentation and diversion percentage reports for Built Green and LEED projects, so contractors know exactly where materials end up.
Sponsored by TruShield Insurance
Imperial Custom Wood Furnishing Ltd is a contract spray finishing shop serving the cabinetry, mill work, and furniture industry in the Fraser Valley for over 13 years. They are committed to employee development through a robust training program and fun, extra-curricular activities like spa days and company outings.
Best Immigrant Entrepreneur
Sponsored by Small Business BC
FreshWorks Studio is an award-winning Victoria & Vancouver-based firm working in the space of digital transformation. They specialize in designing and developing mobile and web apps with clients including BC Ferries, Harbour Air, Used.ca, BC Government, CGI and Sierra Systems.
Sponsored by Western Economic Diversification Canada
AVA Technologies are the pioneers behind the AVA Byte, an AI-enabled smart indoor garden equipped with revolutionary sensors. Think Nespresso for gardening, meets Apple design, with a Tesla-like auto growing software.
Best International Trade
Sponsored by UPS
Ironside is a fully equipped fabrication, design and industrial supplies shop. They undertake a range of projects, from small, one-of-a-kind jobs, to mass production of units. The company has been in business since 1902.
Sponsored by KPU
Two Wheel Gear invented the bike suit bag in 1999. Their innovation grew into a premium brand of specialized bags and panniers for bike commuters. Today, their brand has developed a cult following and is carried across Canada in retail giants like MEC.
Looking to Next Year
The next round of nominations will launch October 1, 2018, and we expect it to be our biggest year yet. Stay tuned for further information.