December 12, 2014 - 4:22 PM
KELOWNA - The Top 10 semi-finalists for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards have now been selected, and seven very special companies are from Kelowna.
These semi-finalists include: CoreHealth Technologies for Best Workplace and Best Company, Culinary Ink GastroVentures Ltd. for Best Emerging Entrepreneur, Float Space for Best Emerging Entrepreneur, The Greenery Garden Centre for Best Online Marketer, Nourish for Best Concept, porsche-ella for Best Concept, and Soil Mate for Best Concept.
The Small Business BC Awards acknowledge the contribution that over 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in the province make to their local communities and the global economy.
From October 1 to November 30, British Columbians were asked to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses. This year was the biggest year yet with over 460 nominations received from upwards of 70 communities across the province, including 25 nominations from Kelowna.
Nominated companies were given two months to gain as many votes as possible through word-of-mouth, 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 extraordinary 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 Top 5 finalists in these categories will be announced on January 30, 2015, 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 BC.
The winners will be honored and celebrated on February 26, 2015 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.
More information on the finalists and the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca
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