Announcing Your Top 5 Finalists for the 2019 Small Business BC Awards

We’re a few short weeks from the 2019 Small Business BC Awards Gala and excitement is building!

Our judges deliberated long and hard over a strong field of applicants, emerging with their picks for the Top 5 in each award category. These businesses will now be invited to attend a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to a panel of business experts who are tasked with selecting the best of BC’s small business community.

The 2019 competition began in the fall, with 578 small businesses receiving nominations. We were pleased to see nominations from across our beautiful province and this year’s finalists have emerged from a strong and varied field. They have proved the impact they make on their communities each day and the valuable contributions they make to our provincial economy.

“The Small Business BC Awards recognize small business owners and entrepreneurs who contribute to our communities and economy through the creation of good jobs,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “Congratulations to this year’s finalists for establishing innovative businesses that are making B.C. a better place to live, work and invest.”

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest competition of its kind in the province. We are proud to celebrate the 2019 ceremony alongside our partners Canada Post.

“We are very proud of all the nominees and would like to sincerely congratulate the finalists. Canada Post is honoured to be a part of the Small Business BC Awards, and we look forward to celebrating the best of B.C.’s small business community.” – Lise Cote, General Manager of Consumer and Small Business Marketing, Canada Post.

Without further ado, here are your Top 5 Finalists for the 2019 Small Business BC Awards:

Premier’s People’s Choice

Presented by the Province of British Columbia 

Legends Academy, Abbotsford

Munday Media & Design, Oliver

Namaskar Yoga, Parksville

Sue’s Clothesline, Creston

The Realm of Toys, Williams Lake

Best Apprentice Training

Presented by ITA 

Geotility Geothermal Installations Corporation, Kelowna.

Murphy Construction Corp. Pemberton

RDC Fine Homes, Whistler

The Garage, Burnaby

Whistler Cooks, Whistler

Best Community Impact

Presented by Vancity

Long Table Grocery, Quesnel

MakerLabs, Vancouver

Namaskar Yoga, Parksville

Okanagan RAWSOME, Grindrod

Young Moviemakers, Vancouver

Best Company

ARPA Investments, Kamloops

Boldly Creative, Vancouver

Glutenull, Coquitlam

Jade Electrolysis, Richmond

Rycor, Vancouver

Best Concept

Barnacle Systems Inc. Victoria

Haywood Golf, Vancouver

Locelle Digital Inc. North Saanich

Mr. Quinley’s Weird, Wonderful and (Sometimes) Slightly Odd Adventures, Surrey

susGRAINable, Vancouver

Best Employer

COCO Cafe, Cedar

Insights West, Vancouver

Lux Insights, North Vancouver

MQN Architecture and Interior Design, Vernon

Murphy Construction Corp. Pemberton

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur

Presented by Small Business BC 

Arora Comfortechs, Vancouver

e-Visa Immigration Services Inc. Vancouver

Kipling Media Ltd. Vancouver

Marwick Marketing, Squamish, Vancouver

Best Innovation

AirGMS, Vancouver

Coulson Ice Blast, Port Alberni

Enercheez, Nelson

The Self Publishing Agency, North Vancouver

Traction Guest, Burnaby

Best International Trade

Shakti Acupressure Mat Canada, Vancouver

Sumo Environmental Products Inc. Vancouver

Thai Roots Trading Corp. Vancouver

Best Marketer

Claris Media, Fernie

KIMBO Design Inc. Vancouver

Kipling Media Ltd. Vancouver

Longevity Graphics, Coquitlam

SYN Interactive, Vancouver

The Next Phase

As a Top 5 finalist, nominees will be requested to present a 10-minute pitch to a judging panel at the Small Business BC office in Vancouver (or via Skype or video conference if outside the Lower Mainland). Pitches will take place early February 2019, and details on the presentation format will be provided to the top 5 finalists. Pitches will be followed by a short Q & A session from the judging panel.

Winners Announced Thursday, 21 February, 2019

The winners will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Gala and will receive the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business BC education and experts, and the honour of being named one of B.C.’s top businesses.

The Small Business BC Awards Gala brings together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce this year’s winners. Join us, on this special night, as we raise a toast in honour of the small businesses, on their night to shine on the podium.

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The Small Business BC Awards Gala will bring together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception. Tickets come with a three-course dinner and two complimentary drink tickets, as well as access to pre- and post-event networking.

Hosted by a special guest Emcee, this is THE event where small businesses are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community and the BC economy.

Join us as we raise a glass in honour of the small businesses, on their night to shine on the podium.

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