Columbia: The 2015 Small Business BC Awards opened for nominations on
October 1, 2014 attracting more than 307 British Columbia-based small
businesses who have been nominated so far.
Among the nominees are three local Chilliwack businesses - Iron House
Weightlifting Inc., nominated for Best Community Impact, Parray
Innovations, nominated for Best Concept, and Inspired Arts and Gifts
Inc., nominated for Best Community Impact and Premierís Peopleís Choice.
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, responsible for $14.4 billion of the provinceís
exported goods and services, and the Lower Mainland is home to about
224,700 of them.
Nominations and voting for will remain open until November 30, 2014.
Businesses can enter the competition through self- or third-party
nomination in one of ten categories:
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 Dragonís Den-style panel of judges to pitch
why they should be named the best in BC. Winners will receive the
Premierís 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
More details on the Small Business BC Awards and nominees can be found
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