Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

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Best in BC

Three Chilliwack businesses nominated for awards

Released by Mark Blendheim, SBBC



ritish 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 Award.

More details on the Small Business BC Awards and nominees can be found at




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