Friday , 21 July 2017

Cowichan Women’s Society in Top 10 for Small Business BC Awards

Staff from Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, Tina Schoen, left and Pascal Dupont, far right, accept a donation from Duncan Petsmart staff.

Staff from Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, Tina Schoen, left and Pascal Dupont, far right, accept a donation from Duncan Petsmart staff.

A Cowichan women’s resource society has been nominated to be in the top 10 for Small Business B.C. Awards.

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, CWAVS, has been nominated in the Community Impact Society for their work in helping women in the community.

Executive Director Jane Sterk says they are “really happy” to be a finalist for their work in the community.

CWAV Society offers four programs: Somenos Transition House provides up to 30 days of safe housing for women and their children who are fleeing abuse or violence; the Women Against Violence Against Women program offers Stopping the Violence counselling to women, Children Who Witness Abuse counselling, Community Based Victim Services and a variety of counselling/educational groups including Strengthening Families, Strengthening Parenting, Strengthening Youth, Teen Healthy Relationships, Holding Your Own in Relationships.
Safer Futures does community based social research and educational programming focused on community safety and the health and safety of women and families. Safer Futures provides support services to the Community Safety Advisory Commission, and is completing research projects designed to improve the safety of women and youth; Horizons Pre-Employment for Women is a program designed to assist women with multiple barriers including trauma to prepare for employment.

Sterk says the social enterprise society is also committed to good financial and business practices for the work they do in the community.

She says winning the award would have a big impact on the society.
“There’s some real tangible benefits that would allow us to improve as an organization,” says Sterk.

A Parksville business has also been nominated for the Small Business Awards in three categories.

Hugh Yardley Music in Parksville has been nominated for Best Concept, Best Emerging Entrepreneur and Premier’s People’s Choice.
Owner Hugh Yardley started his business in August and says he was surprised to be nominated so soon.
“I’m quite new to business but I’ve been passionate about music for most of my life,” he says.
It’s very exciting for me.”

The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key part of the awards’ mission is to celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, 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 Parksville’s vibrant business community entering the Small Business BC Awards to be recognized for their achievements both locally and globally.”

The Best Concept Award, sponsored by MNP, is open to all new exciting, creative and innovative businesses (and business ideas) in BC. The Best Emerging Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Yellow Pages, recognizes an individual who contributes to the social, cultural and economic well-being of their communities. Sponsored by the Government of British Columbia, the Premier’s People’s Choice Award celebrates BC’s amazing entrepreneurs by recognizing a small business that is the heart of their community.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount 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.

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.

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