The staff at Alitis Investment Counsel celebrate being named a semi-finalist for Best Company through the Small Business BC Awards.

Company makes the semis

Alitis Investment Counsel has been announced as one of the semi-finalists for an award

A Campbell River company has made the cut in the annual Small Business BC Awards.

Alitis Investment Counsel has been announced as one of the semi-finalists for an award.

Alitis, a portfolio management company headquartered in Campbell River, is nominated in the top 10 for Best Company. Alitis is one of more than 440 companies from 70 communities across the province nominated for the 2015 Small Business BC Awards. Nominations opened on Oct. 1 and were whittled down in December to the semi-finalists. Cecil Baldry-White, chief executive officer of Alitis, said the company has really grown since its origins.

“When me and my business partner, Terry Gwilliam, created this company in Campbell River in 2009, after the stock market crash of 2008, it was with the distinct vision of giving investors stable returns with less risk,” Baldry-White said in a release. “Alitis has done this by adding meaningful allocations of alternative investments to create safer and solid performing portfolios as an alternative to the traditional stock/bond approach. Sometimes people think that big ideas cannot come from a small business or a small city. This nomination, along with the support of our clients, business partners, community and team, is proof that innovative approaches can come from anywhere and from anyone. We are very proud to be from Campbell River.”

The top ten semi-finalists must now complete an extended award application which will be used to narrow down the competition to the top five finalists in each category. The top five finalists in the categories will be announced on Jan. 30. The winners will be honoured on Feb. 26 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.

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. The awards acknowledge the contribution that more than 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in B.C. make to their local communities and the global economy.