Friday, January 30, 2015


Small Business BC Awards

Almost 500 applied

By Mark Blendheim, SMBC


he Top 5 finalists have now been selected for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards, a province-wide competition where British Columbia's entrepreneurs and small business owners compete to have their company named a BC best business.

This year was the biggest year yet for the competition with over 460 nominations received from 70 communities across the province.

"Small Business BC is proud to acknowledge the exceptionally talented, creative and passionate entrepreneurs in our province. The SBBC Awards provide a platform to showcase the impact that small businesses are having on their communities and the contributions they're making to the economy and to celebrate the dedicated entrepreneurs who built them." - George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC

Nominated businesses that were successful in rallying the support of their community and gathered the most votes made it through to the Top 10, announced in December 2014.

These businesses have now been narrowed down by the judges to the Top 5 in 10 different categories:

The Top 5 finalists will now present a Dragons' Den-style pitch to the judges to convince them why they should be named a BC best business.

Winners will be announced on February 26, 2015 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, where 500 small business owners, government representatives and other key business influencers will enjoy an evening that recognizes the amazing entrepreneurs in the province.

More information on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at

About Small Business BC
Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there's a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking "How do I...?" Small Business BC is the one to call.

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About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Isurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The private P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes and levies to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $48 billion.