The Small Business BC Award for Best Company recognizes the small business that best demonstrates exceptional leadership and a proven track record of growth and profitability. It is judged on the following criteria:
- Profitability: This business shows exceptional leadership with a proven track record of business growth, corporate responsibility, and profitability through financial data.
- Growth and Resiliency: This business demonstrates resiliency, scalability, and has a track record of exploiting opportunities for continued growth.
- Leadership: A recognized leader in its industry and community, this business empowers staff and management to contribute to overall profitability with innovative HR practices.
In 2018, Vancouver-based electrical contractors Wicks Electric (pictured above) powered home with the award but who will claim this prestigious prize in 2019? Here are your Best Company Top 10 Semi-Finalists:
Popov Leather, Nelson
Founded in 2013, Popov Leather has turned from a hobby into a thriving family business with deep roots within the local Nelson community. The company specializes in Handmade Leather Wallets made to order. They also make men’s card holders, wallets, passport covers and more.
On The Edge Roofing, Ucluelet
Located in scenic Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, On The Edge Roofing protects coastal homes and businesses from the weather the area famously receives. In business since 2016, On The Edge provides peace of mind to hundreds of residents in Ucluelet, Tofino and surrounding First Nations communities on Vancouver Island.
The Realm of Toys, Williams Lake
The Realm of Toys is a magical wonderland filled with many of the Douillard family’s passions; toys, books and all things nerdy. Based in Williams Lake, The Realm of Toys specializes in hard-to-find, quality and educational toys and games for kids of all ages. Stop in and browse, or just talk comic books and all things nerdy.
ARPA Investments, Kamloops
For Arpa Investments, it’s not just about a building… It’s about building a community. Located in Kamloops, Arpa is a real estate development company. The management team is comprised of three partners who each bring unique expertise in residential development and residential construction to this successful team dynamic.
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.
SUVA Beauty, Surrey
With a colorful plethora of eye shadow shades, pre-made and custom-made palettes and Hydra Liners, SUVA Beauty is a proud global business with retailers in over 30 diverse countries. Such success is attributed to SUVA Beauty’s Founder and CEO, Shaina Azad, who strove to create a brand that represented her cosmetic artistry and personal style.
Jade Electrolysis, Richmond
Jade Electrolysis removes unwanted hair, for life. Period! Jade professionals are passionate about permanent hair removal and improving clients’ self-esteem. Operating throughout the Lower Mainland and further afield, Jade strives to be the most respected brand by making every client a Jade advocate for life.
Boldly Creative, Vancouver
Boldly is a commercial production company based in Vancouver and run by four producing partners, Shelby Manton, Geoff Manton, Sebastien Galina and Kristoff Duxbury. They help to find Directors, Producers and Post-Production personell for global clients.
After spending a decade in the baking industry, Otari Kobalia founded GluteNull in 2011. His focus and passion shifted to gluten free production after realizing the importance of gluten free choices that are healthy, while still being delicious. He decided to open a gluten free facility and concentrate on quality products that will bring enjoyment and liberty to the constraints of a gluten free diet.
Based in Vancouver, RYCOR is a leading SaaS provider for school districts across North America. Still led by founder Ryan Kerr, RYCOR has clients in 22 states and provinces across North America, serving thousands of schools and manage hundreds of millions dollars in school fees.
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.