Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Best and the Brightest
businesses shortlisted for Small Business BC awards
Released by Mark Blenheim, Small Business
Intuitive Independence Rehabilitation Services physical therapy clinic
on Vedder Rd. is nominated for Best Employer. Below, owner Michelle
Top 10 semi-finalists for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards have now
been selected, and two very special companies are from Chilliwack.
These semi-finalists include:
Associates Engineering Ltd. for Best Company, and
Intuitive Independence Rehabilitation Services for Best
Employer. The Best Company Award recognizes the BC small business
that best demonstrates exceptional leadership and a proven track
record of growth and profitability. The Best Employer Award
recognizes the business that goes above and beyond for their
year we saw a tremendous amount of participation in the Small
Business BC Awards from across the province. It’s fantastic to see
some of the many small businesses in Chilliwack nominated and
recognized, not only for their success, but also for the positive
impact they’re having on their local communities and the global
economy," said George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC. "It’s going to
be a tough job selecting the winners, but we’re very excited to see
who comes out on top."
From October 1 to November 30, British Columbians were asked to
nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses. This year
was the biggest year yet with over 460 nominations received from
upwards of 70 communities across the province, including nine
nominations from Chilliwack.
"The substantial growth in participation in the 2015 Small Business
BC Awards is a clear indicator of the significant impact small
business has here in British Columbia. IBC wishes the finalists
continued success in the next round of competition and extends its
thanks to all small businesses for the huge contribution they
continue to make to both the economy and our communities," explained
Bill Adams, VP, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Nominated companies were given two months to gain as many votes as
possible through word-of-mouth, social media, e-communications and
other creative means. Those who activated their communities and
received the most votes have been named the Top 10 semi-finalists.
These extraordinary small businesses will now move forward to face a
panel of judges, who will review their applications, and based on
the award criteria, narrow down the competition to the Top 5
finalists in each category.
The Top 5 finalists in these categories will be announced on January
30, 2015, and invited to give a Dragons’ Den-style pitch on why they
should be named the best in BC.
The winners will be honoured and celebrated on February 26, 2015 at
the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony in Vancouver. The night will
include messages from Premier Christy Clark and the Honourable
Minister Naomi Yamamoto, among others.
More information on the finalists and the Small Business BC Awards
can be found at
Quick Award Facts
• Over 3,000 entrepreneurs have participated in the awards
competition since its inception.
• This year, Small Business BC introduced two new award categories -
Best Emerging Entrepreneur and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur.
• Premier Christy Clark and the BC Government are supporting the
awards for the second year through the Premier’s People’s Choice
Award, and the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash given to each of the
award category winners.
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