Announcing Your Top 5 Finalists for the 2022 Small Business BC Awards

The long-awaited day has arrived!

The 2022 Small Business BC Virtual Awards Gala is a few short weeks away and the time has come to reveal our Top 5 Finalists.

Our judges deliberated long and hard over a strong field of nominees, emerging with their picks for the Top 5 in our Business Impact Award category. These five entrepreneurs will now be invited to attend a Dragon’s Den-style pitch to a panel of business experts.

Today, we’re also announcing the Top 5 vote getters in our Premier’s People’s Choice Award category. These five businesses rallied the support of their communities, emerging with the most votes and support.

Our 2022 SBBC Awards, Presented by Kwantlen Polytechnic University, began in January and we were blown away by the response of our community. We received a total of 636 nominations, representing 442 businesses in 88 communities across British Columbia.

Here are your Top 5 Finalists for the 2022 Small Business BC Awards:

 

Business Impact Award

Presented by Coast Capital

Amawilc, Mount Currie
Atlin Mountain Coffee Roasters, Atlin
Friendly Composting Inc., Kamloops
Lil’ Ronnie’s BBQ, Tofino
Nature Bee, Saanichton

 

 

Premier’s People’s Choice Award

Presented by the Province of British Columbia

Afrofusion, Kamloops
Meraki Beauty Bar, Burnaby
Nature Bee, Saanichton
Soul Bite Food Inc., Coquitlam
Tardigrada Design Studio, Vancouver

 

Quotes

“From the number of votes received, it’s clear that BC residents appreciate how much small businesses have been through these past two years, and once again, they’ve come forward to show their support and appreciation,” says Small Business BC CEO, Tom Conway.

“For these entrepreneurs, knowing they’re valued and appreciated by their communities is everything.”

“These awards are a testament to the dedication and perseverance of small businesses over the past two challenging years,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

“I want to congratulate this year’s nominees and finalists for everything they’ve done for their communities across B.C. as we’ve worked through this pandemic. From implementing the B.C. vaccine card to shifting to online sales and services, small businesses have continually shown themselves to be a bright light in a challenging year. As we celebrate the strength of entrepreneurs in all areas of this province, I invite all British Columbians to join me in supporting the small businesses in their communities.”

The Next Phase

The Top 5 Finalists in our Business Impact Award category will now be invited to present a 10-minute virtual pitch to a judging panel on March 28th. Each of our finalists will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare their pitch, and what to expect on the day. Pitches will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with our judging panel. Top 5 Finalists in our Premier’s People’s Choice Award category are not required to pitch their business.

Winners Announced April 28th, 2022

The winners of our 2022 Small Business BC Awards will be announced at our Virtual Awards Gala on Thursday, April 28th. The Top 3 in our Business Impact Award, and winner of our Premier’s People’s Choice Award will share a prize pool of $15,000. Tickets for our Virtual Awards Gala are FREE this year, and you can register now with a few simple clicks.