Congratulations to the finalists of the 18th Annual Small Business BC Awards

Earlier this year, we called on our community to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses. We were blown away by your response, with the Small Business BC Awards receiving a record number of nominations and votes; a sign of support for local entrepreneurs who endured many challenges this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 937 award nominations were received, representing 558 small businesses (some businesses nominated in multiple award categories) in 88 communities across BC. Nominations were received from a wide range of industries – from Vancouver Island based donuts to Okanagan tiny homes, Vancouver charcuterie to Valemount spa – offering diverse products and services to British Columbians.

“I think it’s clear from the overwhelming number of nominations and the more than 50,000 public votes, that the spirit of support for small business runs strong in our province. This has been the most difficult year for small business owners and now their communities are standing behind them, recognizing what they’ve been through and celebrating their success,” says Small Business BC CEO, Tom Conway.

“This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the province’s hard-working small business owners,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Their success and innovation is inspirational. I congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work – they deserve the recognition. They also deserve our gratitude for the contribution they make to communities throughout B.C.”

The winners will be announced during Small Business BC Awards Week from May 3 – May 6 –  register for your free ticket here.

Here are your Top 5 Finalists for the 18th Annual Small Business BC Awards:

 

Premier’s People’s Choice Award

The Premier’s People’s Choice Award, presented by the Province of British Columbia, is the only category that is entirely decided by the public vote.

The Top 5 finalists for this year are:

Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay – Family owned and operated, Bigfoot Donuts is on a mission to reinvent the humble donut. Stop by their café in Courtenay and discover a variety of handcrafted, decadent treats.

Raven Reads Books Ltd., Logan Lake – this Indigenous-owned subscription box service features award-winning Indigenous content and literature delivered directly to your doorstep every three months.

Skwalwen Botanicals, Squamish – founded by ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph, Skwalwen Botanicals is an Indigenous business creating small batch botanical skin care products. Their plant ingredients are harvested in a sustainable and respectful manner.

Summit Tiny Homes, Vernon – Summit Tiny Homes is the Okanagan’s premier constructor of tiny homes. Their vision is to share their love of the sustainable, versatile and free lifestyle afforded by tiny home dwelling.

Justo’s Craft Dips, Victoria – Justo’s Craft Dips provides a sustainable snacking solution, community food support, and creative flavours of your favorite dips.

Register for a free ticket now to see who wins

 

Best Community Impact Award

The Best Community Impact Award, presented by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, recognizes small businesses making a difference in their communities by demonstrating social impact, diversity and leadership.

The Top 5 finalists for this year are:

Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay – Family owned and operated, Bigfoot Donuts is on a mission to reinvent the humble donut. Stop by their café in Courtenay and discover a variety of handcrafted, decadent treats.

Skwalwen Botanicals, Squamish – founded by ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph, Skwalwen Botanicals is an Indigenous business creating small batch botanical skin care products. Their plant ingredients are harvested in a sustainable and respectful manner.

Bubbles Blossom Design, Clinton – Jessica Lawrence’s Bubbles Blossom Design delivers big city floral arrangements to small town BC. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful bouquet, centerpiece or corsage, Bubbles Blossom Design is guaranteed to impress.

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics, Canoe – helmed by Missy MacKintosh, MisMacK offers Canada’s newest and most innovative clean makeup line. All their products are Peta Cruelty-Free Certified and Peta Vegan friendly.

Sisters Sage, New Westminster – Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus are the sisters behind this Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by their culture and traditions.

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Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award 

The Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, presented by BDC, recognizes outstanding new Canadians who after immigrating have created successful small businesses while demonstrating leadership and breaking down barriers.

The Top 5 finalists for this year are:

Audielicious Restaurant, Fort St. John – owned an operated by Audie Louie, Audielicious Restaurant offers an eclectic menu featuring everything from steak, to seafood, Filipino dishes and even a stellar chimichanga burrito.

Charcuterie Vancouver, Vancouver – Charcuterie Vancouver is a catering company that specializes in luxury charcuterie boxes, boards and tables. Elevate your next charcuterie night with their unique, flavourful and beautiful creations.

Artemex Mexican Handcrafts, West Kelowna – Artemex is a small, family owned business that offers authentic Mexican handcrafts in the heart of the Okanagan. Discover their colourful range of kitchen goods and accessories.

Kleiner Services, Burnaby – Kleiner Services Inc. is a Professional Moving Company that offers pre and post moving services such as packing, storage, and assembly. They are based in the heart of the Lower Mainland servicing Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.

Soul Bite Food Inc., Coquitlam – specializing in delicious vegan fare, Soul Bite Food Inc. donates 50 per cent of its profits to charities that fight global hunger and food waste.

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Best Innovation Award

The Best Innovation Award, presented by Western Economic Diversification Canada, recognizes small businesses that have developed advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in B.C.

The Top 5 finalists for this year are:

CORE Landscape Products, Courtenay – CORE Landscape Products are an innovative leader in environmentally sustainable solutions in outdoor landscaping projects and civic developments.

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics, Canoe – helmed by Missy MacKintosh, MisMacK offers Canada’s newest and most innovative clean makeup line. All their products are Peta Cruelty-Free Certified and Peta Vegan friendly.

Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery, Courtenay – curating Indigenous art since 2006, Spirits of the West Coast features one of Vancouver Island’s foremost collections of Coast Native American artworks.

Big Bold Brand Inc., North Vancouver – founded by branding expert Karley Cunningham, Big Bold Brand help businesses resolve their strategic, branding, marketing and sales challenges.

Matidor, Vancouver – Matidor helps businesses organize projects more efficiently, with easy visualization, collaboration and management tools.

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Best Solopreneur Award

The Best Innovation Award, recognizes outstanding individuals that have started and grown a solo business. They have demonstrated  the unique skillset required to stay focused on their long-term goals, while juggling the day-to-day demands of running a successful company.

The Top 5 finalists for this year are:

Jada Creations, Terrace – an Indigenous owned and operated business specializing in authentic Indigenous wearable art. Recipient of Eight Generation’s Inspired Natives Award in 2020.

Jak. Natural Designs, Blue River – built on a love for creating and desire for sustainability, Jak. Natural Designs specializes in one-of-a-kind wooden wares made with care in British Columbia.

Aspect Film Works, Kamloops – combining inspiring visuals with exceptional storytelling, Aspect Film works specialize in professional videos that not only engage audiences visually, but speak to their hearts and minds.

Chiwis Kiwi Chips, Squamish – founded by nutritionist Sarah Goodman, Chiwis is dedicated to creating 100% natural snack foods that taste amazing and do wonders for the body.

Emerald Earth Organic Spa, Valemount – indulge and unwind at Emerald Earth Organic Spa with a full-service spa menu featuring customized massage, facials, foot bliss therapy and hot stone massages.

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Best Youth Entrepreneur Award

The Best Youth Entrepreneur Award, presented by KPU, recognizes outstanding young entrepreneurs who demonstrate you do not need to have years of experience to make a successful business. They show a hunger, growth and vision that inspires us.

The Top 5 finalists for this year are:

Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay – Family owned and operated, Bigfoot Donuts is on a mission to reinvent the humble donut. Stop by their café in Courtenay and discover a variety of handcrafted, decadent treats.

Justo’s Craft Dips, Victoria – Justo’s Craft Dips provides a sustainable snacking solution, community food support, and creative flavours of your favorite dips.

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics, Canoe – helmed by Missy MacKintosh, MisMacK offers Canada’s newest and most innovative clean makeup line. All their products are Peta Cruelty-Free Certified and Peta Vegan friendly.

Sea to Sky Sourdough BReD Inc., Whistler – 100% plant-based, organic sourdough bakery nestled at the base of Whistler mountain – the only bakery in town that you can ski to.

Purpose Smoothie Co., Richmond – Purpose Smoothie Co. is a smoothie and health food store striving to educate their community on the importance of healthy eating and clean living.

Register for a free ticket now to see who wins

Next steps: As a Top 5 Finalist, nominees will be requested to present a 10-minute pitch, followed by Q&A session, to a judging panel virtually via Zoom. The independent judging panel will decide which will of the Top 5 finalists will be this year’s winner.

Join us for SBBC Awards Week

We’ve saved the best news until last – tickets for the 18th Annual SBBC Awards are FREE and a single registration secures your place for the entire multi-day event. Hosted by a special guest Emcee, the 2021 SBBC Awards is an event you won’t want to miss.

We start on Monday May 3rd, with a networking evening and opening remarks from some very special guests. We then commence three days of virtual celebrations from Tuesday-Thursday (May 4-6) with a short video ceremony each day featuring musical performances, incredible videos, and, most importantly, our winning businesses. Secure your ticket now and don’t miss this unique celebration of small business.