The top small businesses in BC were announced last night as the winners of the 11th Annual SBBC Awards, hosted by Small Business BC.
The competition was fierce, and the winners had to prove their excellence among a group of 417 nominated businesses in 9 different award categories. The winners were selected after at the conclusion of an intense five-month process that involved online voting, applications and live pitches to a judging panel.
This year’s winners are:
Best Community Impact: Bamboletta Dolls Ltd.
For ten years, Bamboletta has been making all natural, one-of-a-kind dolls. Sold online worldwide and at local markets with great success, there is huge demand for Bamboletta. Their dolls often sell out within a few hours of being put online. They believe very strongly in supporting and contributing to our local community. Rather than license or off shore production, they have trained 30 women locally to handcraft their dolls. Each year they donate hundreds of dolls to various organizations, such as Canuck Place, as well as host various fundraisers for local causes.
Best Company: Everybody Loves Rewards Inc. (Save Everyday)
Save Everyday is everything that a coupon book is except it’s all on your mobile phone. The Save Everyday membership helps hard-working families save money on the products and services they purchase everyday while serving as a much-needed fundraising vehicle for schools, local charities and other community organizations.
Best Concept: Medeo Corporation
Medeo has set out to significantly change and improve the delivery of medical services by providing online video appointments with individual family physicians. Medeo was created by a team of physicians and technologists who are committed to improving access to healthcare. Medeo sees a future where Canadians can access healthcare anytime, anywhere. They have set out to build an innovative system to make it more convenient to see your doctor.
Best Employer: Fully Managed Inc.
For the past 15 years Fully Managed has been a champion at “Creating Peace of Mind” for small and medium business in Western Canada through focused Managed IT solutions. At the very heart of their brand is their amazing team and the excellence they achieve every day. In order to attract and retain such great talent they have built a solid foundation in the form of their core purpose and core values. They set out every day to make a difference in all the lives they touch through their menu of initiatives that affect people, personally, professionally, locally and internationally.
Best Green Business: Eclipse Awards International Inc.
Eclipse Awards is a Vancouver company committed to regenerating the environment, building stronger communities and celebrating the human spirit! Some of their key sustainability commitments include: becoming carbon neutral in 2010, influencing the recognition industry by developing sustainable green awards from reclaimed materials and using 100% green energy for both electricity and gas via bullfrogpower.
Best International Trade: Xanatos Marine Ltd.
Xanatos Marine is a small North Vancouver based company providing maritime security and monitoring systems. The majority of Xanatos Marine’s sales are on the international stage providing solutions in the maritime field to governments of Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Nigeria, Mexico, USA, Mexico, the World Bank and International Maritime Organization as well as private organizations within those countries.
Best Online Marketer: Make It Productions Inc.
Make It is the largest event of its kind in Western Canada. It’s an upbeat experience that gives enlightened shoppers the opportunity to buy directly from Canada’s top artists, crafters and designers. The inspiration for Make It occurred when designer/producer Jenna Herbut and her brother Chandler Herbut found it hard to persuade friends to come visit them at traditional craft fairs.
Best Workplace: i-worx Enterprises Inc.
i-worx is very different from other cloud computing companies. Yes, they have a highly skilled, diverse team of almost 20 technically savvy IT specialists who tend to get excited about innovation. But what makes them different is their caring culture that continuously drives them to ‘WOW’ their clients. Everything they do — from client management meetings to surveys to onsite visits — is geared toward helping clients succeed and putting smiles on their faces.
Premier’s People’s Choice: Fruiticana Produce Ltd.
Headquartered in Surrey, Fruiticana Produce Ltd. is a wholesaler of South Asian groceries and produce. It supplies to 17 individually-owned Fruiticana retail stores in BC and Alberta. Fruiticana Produce has arrangements with over 30 farms in BC, US, Mexico and India which exclusively grow produce. Fruiticana believes in giving back to the community and supports many local charitable organizations and fundraising events through donations, either product-based or monetary.
New Categories and Tight Competition
This year was the first that the Best International Trade, Best Workplace and Premier’s People’s Choice awards were distributed. The Premier’s People’s Choice Award was unique in that it went to the company that proved they had the support of their community by receiving the most online votes.
“We created the Premier’s People’s Choice Award to recognize small businesses at the heart of their communities,” said Premier Christy Clark. “Congratulations to Fruiticana Produce and to all the nominees. By expanding your businesses and spurring innovation, you are all contributing to the growing culture of entrepreneurship in British Columbia.”
Premier Christy Clark and the Province of British Columbia are also sponsoring the Premier’s Prize of $1500 cash to the winners of all nine award categories.
“The selection process was extremely tough with such strong, smart and innovative entrepreneurs representing our province,” said CEO of Small Business BC, George Hunter. “We are extremely proud to help showcase the diverse talent and tremendous determination that exists amongst B.C.’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.”
You can find out more about this year’s SBBC Award winners at sbbcawards.ca.