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, Quesnel’s own Long Table Grocery scooped the award for their innovative approaches to recycling and community partnerships. Who will take the prize in 2020? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Best Community Impact Award:
Blissed Out Yoga and Fitness, 100 Mile House
Blissed Out Yoga and Fitness is more than just a fitness studio. It offers a space where movement, breath, body, soul, mind, and spirit connect. A place of unity where nobody gets left behind. Blissed Out has been operational for two years, but prior to that, owner Karen Peterson was teaching free yoga classes in the local art gallery and also taught in the 108 Community Hall.
Catoro Café, Vancouver
Catoro Café aims to help rescue cats find homes, while also connecting with guests on an emotional level by allowing them to spend time with animals in a convenient and accessible venue that’s conducive with modern urban living. It’s located at the corner of Broadway and Fraser Street in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
Ginger Jars, Gibsons
Our business is based on fighting food waste. We currently pick up culled produce from retailers and farmers in our community. We do a re-culling process and then cook the product to create our product lines. Our packaging is zero waste, as we use a deposit system. 10% of our profit goes to food charity on the coast, and any of our product that hits its best before date on retails shelves is sent to the food bank to be used.
Guru Nanaks Free Kitchen, New Westminster
A Sikh-faith led volunteer organization working for the benefit of ALL communities. Guru Nanak’s objective is to enrich people’s life through the principles of Guru Nanak Dev Ji by earning an honest living (kirat), sharing (vand shakna), and selfless service (seva), all of which are embedded in our spiritual heritage.
Happy Gut, Castlegar
Happy Gut is a Castlegar-based business that sells water kefir beverages and kits to make water kefir at home. Water kefir has the potential to help anyone with gut problems caused by imbalance and the stresses of modern life. Leeza Zurwick, founder of Happy Gut, believes it should be available and accessible to everyone. She is on a mission to make this happen.
IRL Construction, Vancouver
IRL Construction is a Vancouver-based, construction services company, that specializes in skilled labour supply, construction recruitment, contract work and safety training. Setting the highest standards of quality and safety on all our projects.
New Tew Yew, West Kelowna
New Tew Yew is a clothing store based in West Kelowna. Using up-cycled and re-purposed materials and fabrics, brand new clothing is handmade, and the racks are loaded with dresses, shawls, ponchos, scarves. Looking for custom designed clothing? They can do that too. Pick from in-store fabric or bring your own. In a few days, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind item made just for Yew. One of a Kind, and Kind to the Planet!
Nutmeg and Co, Vancouver
At Nutmeg & Co, it is important to us that all of our items are hand-made with eco-friendly materials and sales benefit shelter cats in need. We donate 10% of all profits to VOKRA, our local cat rescue that raises orphaned and abandoned cats and kittens in the Greater Vancouver area. We strive to make toys that last a long time, are made from pet-safe materials, and benefit our local shelter. We use eco-canvas and 100% cotton with certified eco-friendly inks to craft our toys.
Rio Theatre, Vancouver
Voted #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, The Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue for premier independent cinema of feature films and live entertainment. Built in 1938 the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage for live events and 420 of the most comfortable brand new luxury seats.
Squamish Connector, Squamish
The Squamish Connector is a family owned and operated company that was established in 2014. We focus on serving the community of Squamish and on helping the environment by reducing single occupancy vehicles and carbon emissions within the Sea to Sky corridor.
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. The event takes place Friday, February 21, 2020 at Vancouver’s iconic Convention Centre.
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.