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, Vancouver’s Lux Insights 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 2020? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Best Employer Award:
40 Knots Winery, Comox
Located on 24 stunning acres, 40 Knots is the largest grape winery in the Comox Valley, and one of the largest on Vancouver Island. With striking views of land and sea, and capable of seating 150 guests, 40 Knots is the perfect destination for your business conference, wedding, party, or celebration.
Business Max Consulting, Nanaimo
Established in 2011, headquartered in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Business Max Consulting is developed as a firm uniquely equipped to the task of responding to clients’ complex business challenges. We are at the forefront of this quickly changing economy and we work closely with our clients because we are fully committed to meeting and exceeding expectations.
Emelles Catering, Vancouver
Since opening our doors in 1999, owner and executive chef Mary Lee Newnham’s vision has been to be hospitable and to ensure that each and every guest leaves feeling better than when they arrived. Whether it’s breakfast or lunch at our Westside Kitchen or catering a special event of 1000, Emelle’s committed to creating a special dining experience, one guest at a time.
Geoscan Subsurface Surveys, Burnaby
GeoScan Subsurface Surveys saves its clients time and money by providing essential safety and damage prevention services for the construction, environmental and property industries. As pioneers of the industry and GPR’s practical application GeoScan have always strived to innovate ways in which we can better serve our clients and industry. None more exemplary than our newly developed Xradar concrete scanning system.
Granted Consulting, Vancouver
Our founder, Stephanie Sang, established Granted Consulting in 2011 and envisioned a community of business owners who not only leverage grants to grow, but also included grants strategically into their financial resource plans. As ‘Grant Angels’ and ‘Grant Ambassadors’, we strive to impact Canadian businesses one grant at a time.
Grizzly Force, Vancouver
Grizzly Force is a 24/7, one stop solution for all your temporary on demand staffing & employment needs. They aim to evolve the way employees and employers connect, empowering growth without barriers. They service staffing needs across BC’s Lower Mainland.
Kleiner Services, Burnaby
Kleiner Services Inc. is a Professional Moving Company that offers pre and post moving services such as packing, storage, and assembly. We are a local Canadian company in the heart of the Lower Mainland servicing Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and to the Vancouver Island.
Propel Solutions, Vancouver
Propel Solutions is Western Canada’s Leading Operational Improvement Firm. We offer big firm expertise with the care and attention only a boutique firm can offer. We work in every sector and cross-pollinate the most effective methods to make our clients’ work better, faster and easier.
Withinus Natural Health, Burnaby
At withinUs Natural Health, our goal is to provide not only premium grade products, but also offer exemplary customer experience. Whether you purchase our products through our online store, or via one of our many amazing retailers, we are constantly striving to ensure that every customer leaves well-informed and satisfied.
Woodside Enterprises, Chilliwack
Woodside is a family owned exterior siding company that provides a one-stop-shop experience for homeowners and contractors alike in Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley. Providing top-tier, innovative materials, consultation, and installation, we are focused on building beautiful, durable communities.
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.