In our other categories we assess small businesses under conventional headings such as financial plans, employee training, or their strides to innovate. But Our Best Community Impact Award salutes something a little different, but just as important – small businesses who invest in their community and see social responsibility as an integral part of their operation.
This award is assessed on the following four criteria:
- Community Impact Strategies: Business operations that demonstrate a positive impact on the community in which the business is based.
- Triple Bottom Line Metrics: The social, environmental and financial outcomes of corporate social responsibility are measurable.
- Diversity: The business celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in business decision-making.
- Leadership: The business clearly demonstrates leadership in new ways of doing business while doing good.
Last year, Rainbow’s Roost (pictured above) was our award winner, but who will take home the prize in 2018? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Best Community Impact Award:
Courtyard Gallery is a not-for-profit art gallery run as a co-operative in Enderby. Earlier this year, the gallery partnered with the local legion to produce a poppy art mural for Canada’s 150 celebration with the support of local businesses and organizations. Courtyard Gallery offers art classes, hosts exhibitions for community exhibitions, and dedicates space to exhibiting the work of local students.
In business since 1987, Debra Lynn Creations produces a line of adaptive clothing for seniors in nursing homes, long term care facilities, or at home with a special disability need. Their range of products is also designed to meet the mobility needs of both men and women in wheelchairs. Elderly people with disabilities can also have their own personal clothing altered to become adaptive.
Location: Logan Lake
Filaprint’s core business is the creation of 3D terrain models using data from satellite imagery. Elsewhere, they’re committed to their local community through programs such as creating bio balls to help filter water for the local high school’s fish farm, making historical replicas for the local fossil gallery, and hand painting every trail/mountaintop for the town’s visitor centre wall displays. The company also donated and set up a 3D printer in the local library and taught staff how to operate it. This 3D printer is available for the public to use.
Green Chair Recycling is a Vancouver-based waste management business dedicated to providing simple and effective recycling solutions. They offer free educational outreach services for all high schools, colleges and universities in the Lower Mainland, aimed at informing young people about the benefits of recycling and living a sustainable life.
Hot Mama Health & Fitness’ vision is to build community through family fitness. With one out of every seven women suffering from postpartum depression, they are proud to offer free fitness classes to affected mothers. Hot Mama also gives back through fundraisers, food drives, run groups, or a simple hug.
Keela exists to make non-profits work more efficiently. Their tools have been constructed in conjunction with the non-profit sector and include project management, donation management, email campaigns and a fully-integrated CRM – all in one place. By democratizing access to their tools, Keela helps non-profits spend less time on admin, and more time on impact.
Roch Fortin, owner of Maple Roch, has dedicated himself to ensuring all his company’s products are procured using fair trade practices. Maple Roch sets aside space in their Summerland retail location to showcase other artisan’s products, and Roch sits on the local Board of Directors of The Food Bank and Resource Centre.
Cara Bowen, owner of Purple Bicycle Natural Foods, has a passion for healthy living. This motivated her to purchase the business in 2015 to share that passion with her community in Mackenzie. She works hard to promote farming, local farmers, growers, and their products, all of which contribute to creating a sustainable community.
Since its founding in 1999, Recycling Alternative has initiated and co-developed innovative waste reduction and recycling models, through community partnerships with the likes of Vancouver Biodiesel Coop, the Food Scraps Drop Spot, and Recycle in Strathcona. They were the driving force behind the creation of Vancouver’s first recycling hub – the greenHUB.
Zero Ceiling operates to reduce youth homelessness and raise the quality of life for young people facing challenging circumstances from Vancouver through the Sea to Sky Corridor. They provide housing, employment and professional support that empowers young people with effective, practical tools to lead healthy and independent lives.