The Top 10 semi-finalists for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards have now been selected, and two Campbell River companies are on the list.
These 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.
From Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, British Columbians were asked to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses. This year was the biggest year yet for the competition with over 460 nominations received from upwards of 70 communities across the province.
Nominated companies were given two months to gain as many votes as possible through word-of-moth, social media, e-communications and other creative means. Those who activated their communities and received the most votes have been named Top 10 semi-finalists.
These small businesses will now move forward to face a panel of judges, who will review their applications, and based on the award criteria, narrow down the competition to the Top 5 finalists in each category.
The Campbell River finalists are:
PREMIER’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Industry Hair and Body Care, Campbell River
Alitis Investment Counsel, Campbell River
The top five finalists in these categories will be announced on Jan. 30, and invited to give a Dragons’ Den-style pitch in front of a panel of judges on why they should be named the best in B.C.
The winners will be honored and celebrated on Feb. 26 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony in Vancouver. The night will include messages from Premier Christy Clark and the Honourable Minister Naomi Yamamoto, among others.
Winners will receive the Premier’s 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.
More information on the finalists and the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.