Recognizing employee development and retention is vital to the success of a small business. Our Best Employer Award celebrates the business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides the best overall place to work. These companies place high levels of importance on fostering a healthy corporate culture, and providing a happy, constructive work environment for their staff. The award is judged on the following criteria:
- Financial Strength and Sustainable Remuneration: This business balances revenue generation and profitability with a strong and sustainable structure for employee compensation via benefits, wages and management practices.
- Recruitment Retention and Personal Growth: It demonstrates strategic employee recruitment and retention activities. It’s also committed to workforce development, employee training, and education/professional development opportunities.
- Culture, Wellness and Safety: Displays commitment to providing programs for a happy and healthy workplace as part of its company goals and overall strategy.
Last year, the Fraser Valley’s Imperial Custom Wood Furnishing (pictured above) took the award for their commitment to employee development through a robust training program and fun, extra-curricular activities. Who will clinch the prize in 2019? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Best Employer Award:
COCO Cafe, Cedar
COCO Cafe provides employment, training, and socialization opportunities for people with developmental disabilities within their community. COCO is also an equal opportunity employer. They employ people from all walks of life, and all employees are paid a fair living wage with the opportunity for full extended benefits when qualified.
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.
MQN is located in Vernon, BC and is comprised of two companies – MQN Architects and MQN Interiors. They offer a complete range of architectural and interior design services from: feasibility studies, capital planning, project identification reports, development consulting, LEED consulting, documentation, and the management of complex construction projects.
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.
Lux Insights, North Vancouver
Lux Insights is a high-touch, boutique market research agency with offices in Vancouver and Seattle. They are the current winner of the top award for qualitative excellence in North America, but half of their business is quantitative. They cross all industries and our clients include Amazon, Nintendo and Ancestry.
Natural Evolution Hair Studio, Parksville
Natural Evolution Hair Studio is a full service salon that creates beautiful hair using the highest quality natural professional products. Their experts use the freshest techniques to provide world class service to their clients.
Erickson Coaching International, Vancouver
Erickson Coaching International is one of the most forward and proactive education employers in the Canadian market. At the core of Erickson’s commitment to its staff is to create a supportive, engaging workplace that emphasizes work-life balance and acknowledges all team members as unique individuals – not just employees.
Insights West, Vancouver
Insights West Marketing Research fosters a strong corporate culture through various team-building activities and a commitment to the professional development of staff. Their leadership style and open office environment encourage open lines of communication—new and junior employees feel comfortable asking questions and posing suggestions.
Sole owner of ZED Studio Design, Zane Erickson is a residential designer with a unique combination of creative and design leadership skills and a track record of achieving extraordinary results for his clients.
Redstamp Agency, Coquitlam
Redstamp is a full-service agency based in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. They specialize in creative design, technical development, and digital marketing, with an emphasis on automation and innovation to help drive growth, for clients both local and international.
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.