Five Chilliwack businesses have been nominated across five categories in the 13th annual Small Business B.C. Awards.
The awards recognize new and existing B.C. based businesses with fewer than 50 employees to celebrate their contributions to their local communities and the global economy.
In the category of Best Community Impact, which recognizes companies that make a difference in their communities, Chilliwack’s Decades Coffee Club, Ann Davis Transition Society, and Inspired Arts & Gifts Inc. have been nominated.
Intuitive Rehabilitation Services has been nominated for Best Workplace, Best Company, and Best Employer.
Mussel Crane Manufacturing has been nominated for Best Apprentice Training, a category newly introduced in 2015.
With hundreds of nominations each year, competition is fierce. Most of the nominees have taken to social media to encourage customers to express their support.
“I am delighted to see Chilliwack’s vibrant business community entering the Small Business B.C. Awards to be recognized for their achievements both locally and globally,” said George Hunter, CEO at Small Business B.C.
More businesses may be added to the pool of nominees prior to the Nov. 30 cutoff date.
The public is invited to cast their votes for their favourite businesses online now until 11:59 p.m on Nov. 30.
One vote per person, per nominee, per category is permitted. Votes will be normalized against B.C. regional district population figures.
The top ten voted companies in each category will be announced as semi-finalists on December 14. From there, the top five will be selected and judges will determine the winners. The awards ceremony takes place on February 25, 2016.
Winners of the Small Business B.C. Awards will receive $1,500, access to Small Business B.C. Awards education and resources, and mentorship from expert advisors and sponsors.
To learn more about Chilliwack’s nominees and to cast your votes, visit sbbcawards.ca. Click on the blue “Vote Now” button to vote.