Business partners and brothers-in-law Hiro Tsujimoto (left) and Ricardo Masana were awarded the Best International Trade award for Republica Coffee Roasters at the Small Business BC Awards in February, 2016. Nominations and voting are now open for the 14th annual awards, with the top 10 being announced in December.

Voting for Small Business BC Awards now open

Deadline to vote or nominate a small business is Nov. 30

Nominations and voting are now open for the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards.

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province.

These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of B.C.’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in B.C., with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Last year Republica Coffee Roasters Inc. in Fort Langley won best international trade small business award.

This year’s awards will introduce two new award categories to the competition: Best Innovation, presented by the BC Innovation Council; and Best Marketer, presented by Yellow Pages.

Entrepreneurs are invited to nominate their business and the public is encouraged to nominate their favourite small businesses in any of this year’s 10 categories.

Winners are recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash.

The winners are also offered a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education, resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means by Nov. 30, to make it to the Top 10 in each category.

The Top 10 will be announced as finalists on Dec. 12.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on Feb. 23, 2017 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.

More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found online at www.sbbcawards.ca.

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