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Two small businesses in running for awards

November 18, 2015 2:19 P.M.

Two small businesses in Kamloops have been nominated for Small Business B.C. Awards.

HummingBird Drones has been nominated for Premier’s People’s Choice and Recruit Staffing Solutions for Premier’s People’s Choice and Best Concept.

The Small Business B.C. Awards are the most visible awards program for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key part of the awards’ mission is to 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. 

“Small Business B.C. takes great pride in celebrating entrepreneurs and helping them to become more successful. While individually small, these businesses have a big reputation across Canada and around the world,” said George Hunter, CEO at Small Business B.C. 

“I am delighted to see Kamloops’ vibrant business community entering the Small Business B.C. Awards to be recognized for their achievements both locally and globally." 

Sponsored by the Government of British Columbia, the Premier’s People’s Choice Award celebrates BC’s amazing entrepreneurs by recognizing a small business that is the heart of their community. The Best Concept Award, sponsored by MNP, is open to all new exciting, creative and innovative businesses and business ideas in BC. 

Recipients of awards are recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners will also be offered a one-year all-access pass to Small Business B.C. education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisers from award sponsors. 

The contest is open for nominations and voting until Nov. 30. The public is invited to nominate their favourite small businesses. Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, email or any other means possible. 

The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category will be announced as the Top 10 on Dec.11. These nominees will submit a detailed application that judges will use to determine the Top 5 finalists from each award category, announced on Jan. 29, 2016. The Top 5 finalists will then be invited to present a 10-minute Dragons' Den-style pitch to the judges to prove themselves as one of B.C.’s best. 

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business B.C. Awards Ceremony on Feb. 25, 2016, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel. 

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

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