Past Awards

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

Gibson's Butcher

The Gibsons Butcher

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

Northern Legendary Construction

Northern Legendary Construction

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

Recycling Alternative

Recycling Alternative

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.

Best Company

Sponsored by Sage

Wick Electric

Wicks Electric Inc.

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.

Best Concept

Sponsored by Rogers

Sea to Sky

Sea to Sky Removal

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.

Best Employer

Sponsored by TruShield Insurance


Imperial Custom Wood Finishing

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

Freshworks Studio

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,, BC Government, CGI and Sierra Systems.

Best Innovation

Sponsored by Western Economic Diversification Canada

AVA Technologies

AVA Technologies

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 Design Manufacturing

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.

Best Marketer

Sponsored by KPU

Two Wheel Gear

Two Wheel Gear

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.