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David McDougall, Small Business BC vice-chair; Katie Reiach, Small Business BC board member and Talk Shop Media co-founder; George Hunter, Small Business BC CEO; and Arthur Mercer, Small Business BC director

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Best Employer award winners Imperial Custom Wood Finishing with owner Steve Fast

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Best Marketer award winner Reid Hemsing, Two Wheel Gear president/founder; and Amber Sereda, naturopathic doctor

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Best Company winner , Wicks Electric Inc. owner Adam Wicks

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Best Apprentice Training award winner Eric Bell, Northern Legendary Construction Ltd. GM; his wfie Fara Bell, Northern Legendary Construction co-owner; and their daughter Natasha

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The Small Business BC award winners

More than 600 business owners celebrate the province's top 10 entrepreneurs

Over 630 business owners attended the 15th annual Small Business BC Awards Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 23. The gala, which was sponsored by Canada Post and emcee’d by TV personality Erin Cebula, celebrated the best of B.C. businesses with a cocktail reception, gala dinner and awards ceremony.

The Small Business BC Awards recognize and celebrate the important contributions the province's entrepreneurs make to their local communities and to the global economy. All nominees receive valuable business education and support throughout the competition. Since its inception in 2003, more than 4,600 entrepreneurs have participated, vying to be named one of B.C.’s best.

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business.

 

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Joshua Ludgate, Small Business BC VP of operations; and George Hunter, Small Business BC CEO

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Fara Bell, Northern Legendary Construction co-owner; her daughter Natasha; and Julie Vanderhorst, Northern Legendary Construction office manager

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Erin Cebula, TV personality and gala emcee; and Katie Reiach, Small Business BC board member and Talk Shop Media co-founder and principal

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Emma Bradford, go2HR industry HR co-ordinator; and Arun Subramanian, go2HR director industry HR development

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Margaret Diamond; Danielle Fast; Marlene Fast; and Elmer Fast, Columbia Kitchen Cabinets purchaser

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Coleen Christie, Global BC News anchor; and Jim Gordon, Our City Tonight TV host

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Patrick Marshall, The Executive Committee Ltd. chair; and Heather Leary, Mark My Words Communications principal

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TD Canada Trust area managers of business banking: Nelson Wong, Paul Donohoe and Kenny Ho

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Meghan McArthur, Capilano Builders office manager; Jamie MacDonald; and Travis Herrington, Capilano Builders project manager

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Rick Smith; Janelle Keys and her son Tyson Still, Winecrush co-founder

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Lynn Kitchen, Langara continuing studies manager of custom training; and Stephanie Koonar, Langara School of Management assistant chair external relations

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The salad is served

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Emcee Erin Cebula, TV personality

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Lise Côté, Canada Post GM consumer and small business marketing

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COO Rohit Boolchandani and CEO Samarth Mod from FreshWorks Studio accept the award for Best Immigrant Entrepreneurs

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Chase Ando, Ava Technologies co-founder and chief design officer, and co-founder and CEO Valerie Song from Ava Technologies accept the award for Best Innovation

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Steve Fast, Imperial Custom Wood Finishing, accepts the award for Best Employer

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The Small Business BC Awards 2018

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Steve Peel from Ironside Design Manufacturing accepts the International Trade award

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Adam Vanderwoerd, The Gibsons Butcher owner, accepts the award for Premier’s People’s Choice

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Nancy Huang, Two Wheel Gear marketing manager, and Reid Hemsing, Two Wheel Gear founder/president, accept the award for Best Marketer

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Recycling Alternative co-founders Louise Schwarz and Robert Weatherbe accept the award for Best Community Impact

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The Small Business BC award winners