Twelve Nanaimo businesses have been nominated for the 13th annual Small Business B.C. Awards.
Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, opened nominations and voting for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards on October 1.
The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs with businesses registered in B.C.
A key part of the awards’ mission is to celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.
While individually small, these businesses have a big reputation across Canada and around the world,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “I am delighted to see Nanaimo’s vibrant business community entering the Small Business BC Awards to be recognized for their achievements both locally and globally.”
The following 12 small businesses in Nanaimo have been nominated:
Artez Photography for Premier’s People’s Choice
Coco Café for Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Community Impact
Divinity Art for Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Emerging Entrepreneur
Doing Good for Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Online Marketer
Gabriel’s Café for Premier’s People’s Choice
Hey Beautiful Salon for Premier’s People’s Choice, Best Apprentice Training and Best Workplace
Inn on Long Lake for Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Workplace
Integrity Impact Management Group for Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Community Impact
Lace N Pearls for Premier’s People’s Choice, Best Concept and Best Online Marketer
LeadQuest for Premier’s People’s Choice
Pye Design for Premier’s People’s Choice
Roar Representation for Best Concept
“Small Business BC takes great pride in celebrating entrepreneurs and helping them to become more successful,” says Hunter.
Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash.The winners will also be offered a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.
The contest is open for nominations and voting until November 30, 2015. The public is invited to nominate their favourite small businesses for a Small Business BC Award.
Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means possible by November 30, 2015.
The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category will be announced as the Top 10 on December 11, 2015. These nominees will submit a detailed application that judges will use to determine the Top 5 finalists from each award category, announced on January 29, 2016. The Top 5 finalists will then be invited to present a 10-minute Dragons’ Den-style pitch to the judges to prove themselves as one of BC’s best.
The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 25, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.
More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.