The top small businesses in BC were announced last night as the winners of the annual Successful You Awards Contest, hosted by Small Business BC.
The winners proved their excellence in six categories over 170 other BC businesses during the course of a rigorous five-month contest.
This Year’s Winners
Best Company – Restoring Data Inc.
ReStoring Data provides all-encompassing data recovery solutions. Specializing in the retrieval of critical data from desktop and notebook hard disk drives, RAID arrays, memory cards and USB flash drives, Restoring Data always exhausts every possible recovery option to make sure clients’ precious family photos and/or business files are successfully recovered.
Continually investing in research and development, its lab features the most up-to-date software and hardware that allows Restoring Data to constantly remain at the forefront of data recovery and rapidly grow.
Best Concept – Western Industrial Solutions & Tasksafe
Western Industrial Solutions (WIS) is a Kamloops based software technology company started by three partners with a combined 60+ years of experience in the resource and IT industries.
After months of development in their basements, they built TaskSafe – a revolutionary software and hardware application that is designed to help resource based companies save time and money when completing their cumbersome field safety paperwork. TaskSafe promises to bring greater efficiency and better safety awareness to a process that is often daunting and ineffective.
Best Employer – Chris’s Sign & Lighting Service Inc.
Chris’s Sign Service was founded in Langley, BC in 1990 and started out with one service truck servicing signs and lighting in the Fraser Valley.
Today the business has grown with offices in Langley, Calgary and Edmonton, and 32 staff members between its western Canada offices. Chris’s Sign Service has focused on developing a great culture for its staff through team building trips and training programs.
Best Green Business – Gibsons Recycling Depot
Seeing a need, Gibsons Recycling Depot launched Children’s Car Seat recycling, the first community in BC to offer this service.
Among other goals, the company’s strives to build recovery and recycling programs that create local jobs using its discards as resources, raise community awareness, advocate Zero Waste, offer training and jobs to individuals with special needs, incorporate socially responsible business practices, and donate salvaged materials to charities for fundraising.
Best Community Impact – Lunapads International
Lunapads International is a women-owned and operated social mission-based business and certified B Corporation. Its goal is to help individuals have healthier, positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall.
Thanks to Lunapads customers who have made the switch to Lunapads’ washable cloth menstrual pads, over 1 million disposable pads and tampons are now diverted from landfills monthly. Lunapads also donates washable pads to women in developing nations through our Pads4Girls program.
Best Online Marketer – ethicalDeal
ethicalDeal is a Vancouver-based online promotions company that runs integrated email marketing and social media campaigns for natural and organic brands. Its promotions go viral, with 1 in 4 shoppers sharing the promotion with friends on social media.
ethicalDeal launched two years ago and now has a team of ten and has run over 2,000 promotions that reach over 100,000 eco-minded shoppers. The company received the Better Business Bureau award for Advancing Marketplace Trust and Innovation, and was voted one of the top 25 women-run start-ups to watch by Fast Company.
How They Won
In order to be named among the best in BC, the winners had to gain votes from the public to be shortlisted to the top ten, then submit an extended application detailing why they deserved to win. Once selected as a top five finalist, they went on to face our panel of judge to prove why they should be named BC’s best.
“The selection process this year was extremely tough as there are so many strong, smart and innovative businesses in our province,” says Small Business BC CEO, George Hunter. “We are extremely proud at Small Business BC to help showcase the diverse talent and tremendous determination that exists amongst BC’s entrepreneurs. We congratulate the winners of the Successful You Awards and hope to see even more businesses recognized for their success next year.”
You can find out more about this year’s winners and the Successful You Awards at www.successfulyou.ca. Nominations will open once again on October 1, 2013.