Exporting your product or service outside Canada presents opportunities for almost limitless growth. Our Best International Trade Award recognizes the company with an exciting and viable international trade business that is contributing to the British Columbia economy. It’s judged on the following criteria:
- Strong Markets: This business understands its international and domestic markets, inside and out, and can demonstrate how that knowledge will help it to succeed.
- Innovation and Value: This business goes beyond simply importing/exporting; it adds value to its products and builds the business by doing so.
- Viability and Impact: This company helps build the BC economy by generative revenue in BC and creating and supporting jobs in BC. It can prove its viability and impact through past financial data and future projections.
In business for over 100 years, Ironside Design Manufacturing scooped the award in 2018. Ironside is a fully equipped fabrication, design and industrial supplies shop. They undertake a range of projects, from small, one-of-a-kind jobs, to mass production of units. Who will follow them in 2019? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Best International Trade Award:
Popov Leather, Nelson
Nelson based Popov Leather produces high quality leather goods, with most models hand-sewn. Five years after its first sale, Popov Leather employs 10 skilled individuals and sees solid revenue growth as more than 90% of the production is shipped to satisfied international customers.
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Community Customs Brokers Inc. Surrey
Community Customs Brokers is dedicated to bringing the global trade market into our own backyard. Whether it is a local distillery that is seeking to launch their products in Lebanon, or a corner store that imports candies from the UK, they do it all.
Elate Cosmetics, Victoria
Elate Cosmetics is committed to empower everyone to use the best possible products for their daily rituals. They create safe effective beauty products using cruelty-free ingredients, ethical marketing and sustainable practices.
Thai Roots Trading Corp, Vancouver
Thai Roots started because of the true love for Thai food possessed by founder, Mild Rungmongkonsawad. She is a foodie who loved sampling new foods wherever she went. But, no matter where she went, she always came back to her roots: Thai food. Her mission is to share this passion with the world.
Earths Eats, Coquitlam
Earth’s Eats was established to bring back ancient natural super foods in the most conveniently usable form for modern life. This is where East meets West, North meets South and all global stable ancient products & knowledge merge into one jar.
Photoras Consulting, Surrey
Founder and CEO Terran Gimpel has worked with experts in nearly every industry and is specialized in working with coaches and consultants to create specialized plans to automate systems. Terran has always had a dream to make an impact on the lives of people he encounters. In 2017 he utilized the mentorship of business leaders and experts in consulting, coaching, and speaking to take his dream into reality.
Shakti Acupressure Mat Canada, Vancouver
Shakti Acupressure Mat’s owners are Canadian-born entrepreneurs who are committed to serving the community and inspiring positive, meaningful changes when it comes to mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Canadians are desperate for ways to help manage stress, tension and anxiety and they are passionate about spreading the word about self-care techniques that can make a difference.
Pacific Coast Seafood Distributors imports seafood from the US and distributes it to local businesses in the Lower Mainland.
Sumo Environmental Products Inc. Vancouver
Sumo Environmental was founded in 2010. Its parent companies American Fabricators and Matrix Productions Services began developing Sumo Bio-Bags to fill the increasing demand from the film industry for an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional garbage bags. They were also made bright green for high visibility so that film crews could easily spot them even at night.
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.