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Okanagan entrepreneurs kick butt at awards show

Float Space of Kelowna won the Best Emerging Entrepreneur award at the B.C. Small Business Awards, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The business provides customers with a sensory deprivation experience.
Image Credit: Facebook/Float Space
February 28, 2015 - 2:28 PM

OKANAGAN – A win at the B.C. Small Business Awards is no small feat, so having two businesses from Kelowna and one from Enderby honoured at the ceremony in Vancouver was a pretty big deal.

Soil Mate from Kelowna grabbed the Best Concept award, Kelowna’s Float Space won for Best Emerging Entrepreneur and Mel’s Main Street Pizza and Pasta took home the Best Workplace trophy at the glitzy ceremony, Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

There were 460 nominees, from 70 communities, competing in ten categories over the five months of the contest, according to a media release.

To pick the winners, the awards show used a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges to listen to the pitches from the top five finalists in each category.

Soil Mate is a fully mobile optimized website which allows customers to see all the local food producers within a 100 mile radius. Float Space provides sensory deprivation experiences for it’s customers in Kelowna, and Mel’s Pizza is a local eatery in Enderby famed for giving back to the community and treating staff right.

"The Small Business BC Awards are all about celebrating hardworking entrepreneurs, the people who make small towns and big cities thrive," Premier Christy Clark says in the release.

All the winners get $1,500 cash, along with the prestige and the marketing opportunities which come with the win.

Mel and Brittany of Mel's Pizza at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver celebrating their win, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The business won the Best Workplace award at the B.C. Small Business Awards.
Mel and Brittany of Mel's Pizza at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver celebrating their win, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The business won the Best Workplace award at the B.C. Small Business Awards.
Image Credit: Facebook/Mel's Pizza

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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