In our other categories we assess small businesses under conventional headings such as financial plans, employee training, or their strides to innovate. 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, Vancouver’s own Recycling Alternative (pictured above) scooped the award for their innovative approaches to recycling and community partnerships. Who will take the prize in 2019? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Best Community Impact Award:
Long Table Grocery, Quesnel
Long Table Grocery is a locally-owned independent food hub that provides good food that’s sustainably sourced and is locally-rooted in the Cariboo region of BC. They purchase local produce and food products when available, and purchase fair trade and organic produce when produce is unavailable locally. Their focus is on organic growers, while also supporting several more conventional local farms whose practices they know and trust.
Okanagan RAWSOME, Grindrod
Afke Zonderland is the innovative chef behind Okanagan Rawsome. She has grown Okanagan Rawsome from a retirement hobby to a company that is valued by its loyal customers that seek the best food for themselves and their loved ones!
Sue’s Clothesline, Creston
Located in beautiful Creston, Sue’s Clothesline is a community-focused clothing store owned and managed by long-time entrepreneur Sue Thomas.
Riot Brewing Co. Chemainus
Known for their colourful packaging and eclectic selection of brews, Riot Brewing Co. is a full production BC craft brewery located in beautiful Chemainus, BC. Stop by for a tour, learn about beer and have one (or two) with the friendly owners and staff.
Murphy Construction Corp. Pemberton
Murphy Construction Corp. (MCC) is a vibrant and progressive company delivering exceptional quality and outstanding service. Started in 1997 as a custom-homes builder in Pemberton and Whistler, MCC has evolved into a large-scale contractor specializing in extensive renovations and restorations, high-end homes, multi-family residential, industrial and commercial projects throughout Western BC.
Jo’s Place, Pender Island
Jo and Alex Down have created a pivotal gathering place for Penderites, and for visitors to Pender Island. Their energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the concept of “hospitality” is unparalleled, and their passion for serving good food to friends and the local community, at a fair price, sets them apart.
Namaskar Yoga, Parksville
Located in downtown Parksville, Namaskar Yoga’s friendly, inviting, infrared studio offers hot, warm and non-heated yoga classes. Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, Namaskar is the perfect place to start or deepen your yoga practice, and be a part of an open-hearted community.
Meanwhile in Sooke, Sooke
Meanwhile in Sooke is a community oriented Facebook page that focuses on the beauty and quirkiness of Sooke, BC. The page is operated by Benjamin Kendrick, who is on a mission to spread the word about the colourful characters and beautiful landscape that defines his town.
MakerLabs is Vancouver’s largest maker space. They provide the tools, space and know-how to allow anybody to create almost anything! MakerLabs (makerspace + fablab) was born out of a vision to create the best possible space for making.
Young Moviemakers, Vancouver
Young Moviemakers is an award-winning acting and video production program for children and youth ages 5-17. Using high end, professional grade equipment participants learn the importance of visual storytelling, script writing, acting, editing and more, through the creation and production of a short film.
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 and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce the winners of this year’s awards.
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.