Our Immigrant Entrepreneur Award recognizes the success and contributions of outstanding new Canadians who have started a successful business in British Columbia. This individual hasn’t just surmounted the challenges inherent in moving to a new country. They’ve also taken on the mantle of entrepreneurship, exhibiting leadership in their community, and within their business. The award is judged on the following criteria:
- Overcoming Adversity: This individual has achieved success despite the challenges of being an immigrant in Canada.
- Leadership: They showcase strong leadership through both business practice and involvement within the community they operate.
- Track Record and Growth Plan: The business demonstrates a proven track record of financial success and is positioned for growth.
2019 winner, Moving2Canada.com, provides newcomers to Canada with immigration information from the exploring stage all the way to long-term settlement. Who takes the prize in 2020? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for Best Immigrant Entrepreneur:
Accuracia Security Patrol Ltd., Surrey
Accuracia Security Patrol Ltd. is a Security Service provider since 2006 in the province of British Columbia, with a strong work ethic, competitive rates and excellent services with excellent work force. Our goal is not only to secure your investment, but also to give you peace of mind. Knowing that your security needs are being handled by well trained security professionals. Our security professionals are licensed by JIBC and are specially trained for all kind of site requirements.
Amiante Environmental Consulting, Abbotsford
Amiante Environmental Consulting is a local company providing services like site survey, asbestos bulk sampling, air sampling, lead/mold testing, abatement, and demolition. Following WorkSafeBC’s Regulations and fulfilling its mandate, Amiante Environmental is committed to everyone’s health and safety.
High Beam Dreams, Gibsons
At the end of 2016, High Beam Dreams bought the church building on sale in Gibsons, BC with the aim to renovate and redevelop an old building into a space that is useful and beneficial to the community here. For Stage 1 we built a much needed day care for 32 children and then went on build the Arts/Events side of the project.
i4C Innovation, Trail
Pilar Portela (owner) has faced several challenges over the years, building her expertise and business network from scratch after moving to Canada from Latin America. She is a community leader that works together with government and local businesses, and sits in our city’s economic development board. She has long been involved with the BC-wide Latin America community and assists skilled new immigrants with moving their families and businesses to rural communities.
Liquids + Solids Culinary Innovations, Vancouver
Liquids + Solids Culinary Innovations is a food development & production company specializing in fine soups, stews & chilis produced under the house brand soupetc! Located in the historic Strathcona neighborhood of beautiful Vancouver BC we supply the Lower Mainland, Whistler & Vancouver Island with bulk & retail-packaged finished goods.
Magnum Construction Services Inc., New Westminster
Drywall, painting, flooring, electrical, plumbing, and more. All of our services come with the same promise of quality, dedication, and durability. Licensed and insured, We are an experienced contractors with knowledge passed down from generations. Our all-inclusive renovation model is designed to be efficient while providing more than the standard contractor experience. This leads to a high-quality, consistent result. We offer a 1-year guarantee for our services, along with free estimates.
Mansouri Immigration Firm, West Vancouver
Mansouri Immigration Firm is one of the most reputable immigration firms in Canada. Located in the heart of beautiful Vancouver BC, we offer a large variety of Immigration and Citizenship services. Our services include Immigration Appeals, Detention Reviews, High-profile and small business classes, PNPs, Temporary and Permanent resident applications and more.
Tangrace Construction Group, Vancouver
Based in South Vancouver, Tangrace Construction Group specializes in custom high quality cabinets. They are designed, manufactured and installed by Tangrace. No matter the material, color or style, we are happy to accommodate our customers’ needs. We take pride in building what our customers can imagine.
The Velvet Underground, Whistler
The Velvet Underground originally came about as an outlet for owner Amy and her friend’s own vintage and thrift addictions. After launching her clothing brand HMU apparel, and shopping for vintage fabrics to use to create the clothing, Amy decided to create a side hustle, selling vintage clothing as well as upcycling it. The Velvet Underground was eventually born out of this.
Yellobean Total Clean, Gibsons
We are a family run business based on the Sunshine Coast in the scenic province of British Columbia. We are passionate about the service we offer and at all times our team strives to do their professional best in the details we bring to our work. Protecting our environment is something we are very committed to. We use Eco-friendly products, which are environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
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.