2011 B.C. Entrepreneur of the YearWhat ignites this year's Entrepreneurs of the Year competition is passion – an unfiltered, raw emotional fuel that drives these select few to transcend the pack.
This year’s roster of outstanding entrepreneurs can teach us all to find the inspiration to excel, whatever we do.
“I’m a typical entrepreneur: No education, totally disorganized, somewhat dysfunctional.”
“I get nervous," says the restaurateur. "I actually have goose pimples."
“As sighted people, we don’t realize all the nuances that might be missed on screen.”
“This green fever is pretty recent. People thought we were like hippies.”
“E-bikes are expensive because the battery is. But I’m in batteries. I can control the price.”
“The apprenticing model is the kind of learning you need once your formal learning is finished.”
“It all comes down to looking around at what’s happening in trends.”
“I learned that you’ve got to build a barn before you can milk the cows.”
“I was just fascinated with industry, and very fascinated with construction. Big things.”
“The real challenge is not getting work; it’s getting people to do the work that’s out there.”
From manufacturing to mining and metals, these are the runners-up for 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year.
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Looking at the judging criteria, the judges, and the process of becoming an Entrepreneur of the Year.