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Posted: December 13, 2016

Locals up for Small Business BC Awards

Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource for entrepreneurs, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada, asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards between October 1 and November 30.

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in B.C., with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Heidi Romich, owner of the Heid-Out Brewhouse and
Heidi Romich, owner of the Heid-Out Restaurant and Brewhouse

This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province. These businesses were given two months to gain as many votes as possible.

Those who activated their communities and received the most votes have been named the Top 10 Semi-Finalists in this year’s competition and two Cranbrook businesses are among them.

The Heidout Restaurant and Brewhouse is up for ‘Best Apprentice Training’ award and Brook Public Relations Firm is up for ‘Best Community Impact.’

And now those businesses must prove out why they deserve to win. The top 10 semi-finalists will be given one month to provide our expert panel of judges a detailed application outlining why they deserve to win the award. These applications will be used to decide the top five finalists, which will be announced on January 23, 2017.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2017 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Danielle Cardozo, owner of Brook PR
Danielle Cardozo, owner of Brook Public Relations

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards are recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education, resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Canada’s leading economy, responsible for creating over a million jobs in B.C. That’s why we worked hard to become the most small business-friendly jurisdiction in North America. Congratulations all the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for being recognized as innovative, responsible pillars in their community,” stated Premier Christy Clark.

“Small businesses account for 98% of all businesses in B.C. – they drive the economy and create jobs for British Columbians. All the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the Small Business BC Awards should be proud that their communities voted them into the top spots! Congratulations to all the Top 10 Semi-Finalists in the Small Business BC Awards,” added  Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Liquor Distribution, Province of British Columbia.

More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

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