Ironside Design Manufacturing honoured for apprentice training

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Chilliwack’s Ironside Design Manufacturing is among 10 winners of this year’s Small Business BC awards.

The company earned the honour in the category of best apprentice training.

Winners of the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards were announced Thursday night at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. The event brought together 500 entrepreneurs, industry influencers, government officials and special guests.

“Congratulations to Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc.,” said Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority. “Their passion for passing on their knowledge and unique training model is exemplary of what we need more of in this province to ensure the skilled trades industry continues to grow stronger.”

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia's entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions that new and existing businesses registered in B.C., with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Between October 1 and November 30, 2016, Small Business BC and the Insurance Bureau of Canada asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses. This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province.

The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category were asked to complete an extended application, to decide the Top 5 Finalists, who moved on to face a panel of judges earlier this month. Those who met the criteria and demonstrated they were the best for the category were announced as the winners.

Nominations for next year's Small Business BC Awards competition will open October 1, 2017. More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at

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