e@UBC Seed Fund venture, Terramera, won the Best Innovation award at the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards. Graduate venture of the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, Wize Monkey, was awarded the Best International Trade award.
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VANCOUVER, Feb. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The winners of the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards were announced last night at the Pan Pacific Vancouver during an evening of drinks, appetizers and networking with 500 entrepreneurs, industry influencers, government officials and special guests.
The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions that new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.
Between October 1 and November 30, 2016, Small Business BC and the Insurance Bureau of Canada asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses. This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province.
The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category were asked to complete an extended application, to decide the Top 5 Finalists, who moved on to face a panel of judges earlier this month. Those who met the criteria and demonstrated they were the best for the category were announced as the winners — they are:
|PREMIER’S PEOPLE’S CHOICEPresented by the Province of British Columbia
Sea To Sky Air – Squamish
|BEST APPRENTICE TRAININGPresented by ITA and Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc. – Chilliwack
|BEST COMMUNITY IMPACTPresented by Vancity
Rainbow’s Roost – Kamloops
|BEST COMPANYPresented by Sage
Rocky Point Ice Cream Inc. – Port Moody
|BEST CONCEPTPresented by Rogers Communications
Winecrush – Penticton
|BEST EMPLOYERPresented by TruShield Insurance
Central Kitchen + Bar – Kelowna
|BEST IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURPresented by Small Business BC
Lilián Cazacu Notary Corporation – Langley
|BEST INNOVATIONPresented by BC Innovation Council
Terramera – Vancouver
|BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADEPresented by UPS Canada
Wize Monkey – Vancouver
|BEST MARKETERPresented by Yellow Pages
The Argosy – Prince Rupert
The winners received a Small Business BC Awards trophy, the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education, resources and experts and one-on-one business mentorship with notable advisors from the award sponsors.
Nominations for next year’s Small Business BC Awards competition will open October 1, 2017. More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.