Top 10 semi-finalists announced for 13th annual small business bc awards December 11, 2015 – British Columbia: Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards between October 1 and November 30, 2015. The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key part of the awards' mission is to celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy. This year, 535 small businesses were nominated from 71 communities across British Columbia. 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 the competition:PREMIER'S PEOPLE'S CHOICE - Presented by the Province of British ColumbiaBack to Earth Enviro Products Inc. - ColdstreamGame Quest - Prince GeorgeKobau Plumbing & Gas Fitting Ltd. - OsoyoosLighthouse Visionary Strategies - WhistlerNutritive.co - Roberts CreekPye Design - NanaimoShiraz Café and Restaurant - Prince GeorgeSue's Clotheslines - CrestonTC Creations - Prince GeorgeVintage & Restoration Love - Dawson CreekBEST APPRENTICE TRAINING - Presented by Industry Training Authority and BCITFire and Ice Hair Company - AbbotsfordGriffins Boxing and Fitness - North VancouverHey Beautiful Salon - NanaimoKYBE Electrical Contracting - North VancouverMussell Crane - ChilliwackPender Auto Body Ltd. - VancouverSchubert Plumbing & Heating Ltd. - MissionSolid Rock Steel Fabricating Co. Ltd. - SurreyTaylor Pro Training Ltd. - KelownaThe Foxy Box – VictoriaBEST COMMMUNITY IMPACT - Presented by VancityCoco Café - NanaimoCowichan Women Against Violence Society - DuncanDoi Chaang Coffee Company - VancouverGood Times Games and Electronics - Prince RupertGreenStep - KelownaLighthouse Mentor Network - WhistlerRevolution Ranch, LP - LyttonSpring Activator - VancouverThe Sparkle Project BC - AbbotsfordTla'amin Convenience Store - Powell RiverBEST COMPANY - Presented by DellAbeego Designs - VictoriaAll Inclusive Marketing Inc. - VancouverFresh Magazine - VancouverHaida Gwaii Trader - Port ClementsIntuitive Rehab Services - ChilliwackJive Communications - VancouverLNG Studios - VancouverTradeopolis Communications - KamloopsVital Body Weight Loss Centre - BurnabyWhat The Fungus – SummerlandBEST CONCEPT - Presented by MNP LLPBig Heart Publishing Inc. - WellsBirch & Lace - RevelstokeCircus Play Café - VancouverElleBoxCo - VancouverFilaprint - Tumbler RidgeMerge - TofinoOxygen Yoga and Fitness - SquamishRiipen Networks - VancouverRoar Representation - NanaimoThe Realm of Toys - Williams LakeBEST EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR - Presented by Yellow Pages720 Sweets - VancouverBig Bro's Barbershop - VancouverCanada's Best Apps - WhistlerCryo Care - KelownaJOMA Environmental Ltd. - VictoriaJustGreet - VancouverNutritive.co - Roberts CreekOdonit - VancouverSkynation - VancouverValkyrie Martial Arts Inc. – VancouverBEST EMPLOYER - Presented by WorkSafeBCBlacksmith Bakery - Fort LangleyBlush Bridal - VancouverIntuitive Rehab Services - ChilliwackNancy O's Restaurant - Prince GeorgeNorth Construction Ltd. - North VancouverPender Auto Body Ltd. - VancouverThe Bar Method - VancouverVictorEric Design Group - VancouverVij's Restaurant - VancouverWestern Shrink Wrap Limited - Maple RidgeBEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE - Presented by Livingston InternationalArriba Mexico Food Co. - EsquimaltAyoub's Dried Fruits and Nuts - North VancouverCanadian Relocation Specialists - South SurreyDEEBEE'S SpecialTea Foods - VictoriaDoi Chaang Coffee Company - VancouverLulu Island Winery - RichmondMilo Enterprises Inc. - VancouverMisty Mountain Industrial Ltd. - RichmondRepublica Coffee Roasters Inc. - Fort LangleyStrong International Trading Inc. – RichmondBEST ONLINE MARKETER - Presented by Sage6S Marketing Inc. - VancouverButter Studios - Port MoodyGlitter & Spice - South SurreyIndexsy - RichmondJY Knows It Business Consulting - SurreyMarket Ink Consulting Ltd. - VancouverModern Marketing Advantage - Qualicum BeachNational Speakers Bureau - VancouverSunberry Fitness - RichmondThe Counselling Group - White RockBEST WORKPLACE - Presented by WellnessFitsAdvisor Websites - VancouverContours for Men and Women - Prince GeorgeGoatsocial - VancouverHey Beautiful Salon - NanaimoIntuitive Rehab Services - ChilliwackLeft of the Dot Media - Maple RidgeMandala Homes - NelsonNucleus Networks Inc. - VancouverPropel Solutions Ltd. - VancouverRainbow's Roost – KamloopsBusinesses in the Top 10 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 winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 25, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier's Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners will also be offered a one-year All-Access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca. Quotes"Small businesses are the backbone of communities across BC. The Premier's People's Choice Award is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate a small business that goes the extra mile for its neighbours." – Premier Christy Clark."This year we saw a tremendous amount of participation in the Small Business BC Awards through a high number of nominees coming in from across the province. It's fantastic to see so many small businesses being recognized, not only for their success, but also for the positive impact they're having on their local communities and the contributions they're making to the economy." – George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC"IBC is proud to once again sponsor the Small Business BC Awards, and to have the opportunity to recognize hard-working entrepreneurs for their dedication to communities across the province. We are so pleased to see the significant growth in participation for this year's competition, as a clear indicator of the impact small businesses have here in BC. On behalf of IBC I congratulate all the finalists and wish them continued success as they move forward into the next round of this year's competition." – Bill Adams, VP, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of CanadaQuick FactsOver 4,000 entrepreneurs have participated in the Small Business Awards since its inceptionThere is a new award category for Best Apprentice Training sponsored by Industry Training AuthorityThe Province of British Columbia and Premier Clark support the Small Business BC Awards through the Premier's People's Choice Award and the Premier's Prize of $1,500 cash given to each winnerMedia Contact:Mark BlendheimCommunications Manager, Small Business BCDirect: 604-775-5607 firstname.lastname@example.org About Small Business BCSmall Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there's a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking "How do I...?" Small Business BC is the one to call. About Insurance Bureau of CanadaInsurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The private P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes and levies to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $48 billion.