THE 2015 Small Business BC Awards opened for nominations on October 1, attracting more than 290 British Columbia-based small businesses who have been nominated so far.
Among the nominees are 11 Surrey-based businesses, including All of Oils, Baobab Inclusive
Empowerment Society, Canadian Breath Analyzer Company, Cold Calling Works Consulting Ltd., Going Viral Productions, Good Neighbour, Green Revolution Enterprises Ltd., Hunky Haulers Franchise Corp., Kary Movers Ltd., Kasa Supply Ltd., and Modern Golf.
Since its inception in 2003, the annual Small Business BC Awards have become one of the largest and most widely-recognized contests in British Columbia. Last year, 470 local small businesses were nominated, from 55 communities, across the province.
The awards acknowledge the contribution that over 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in our province make to their local communities and the global economy. After all, 98 percent of businesses in BC are small businesses, and the Lower Mainland is home to 224,700 of them.
Nominations and voting for will remain open until November 30. Businesses can enter the competition through self- or third-party nomination in one of ten categories:
* Best Company
* Best Workplace
* Best Concept
* Best International Trade
* Best Employer
* Premier’s People’s Choice
* Best Online Marketer
* Best Community Impact
This year’s new award categories:
* Best Immigrant Entrepreneur
*Best Emerging Entrepreneur
To prove that they are truly among the best in BC, nominated companies must gain as many votes as possible. Top 10 finalists will then submit an extended application to narrow down the competition.
The Top 5 will then face a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges to pitch why they should be named the best in BC. Winners will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education and resources, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.
The public is encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses, between October 1 and November 30, for a Small Business BC Award.
More details on the Small Business BC Award nominees can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca