Semi-Finalists Announced for Small Business BC Awards

The votes are in. The Top 10 Semi-Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Small Business BC Awards.

On Friday, December 12th, the 2015 Small Business BC Awards announced their top 10 finalists for each category and Kelowna’s own Donnie Ungaro with Culinary Ink GastroVentures has made the top 10 for best emerging entrepreneur, along with 6 other local entrepreneurs.

Among the other local finalists are Porsche-ella, Soil Mate, Float Space, the Greenery Garden Centre, Nourish and CoreHealth Technologies.

Since its inception in 2003, the annual Small Business BC Awards have become one of the largest and most widely-recognized contests in British Columbia. Last year, 470 local small businesses were nominated, from 55 communities, across the province.

The awards acknowledge the contribution that over 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in our province make to their local communities and the global economy. After all, 98 per cent of businesses in BC are small businesses, and the Thompson Okanagan region is home to 59,000 of them.

Nominations and voting were open until November 30, 2014. To prove that they are truly among the best in BC, finalist companies had to gain as many votes as possible. Top 10 finalists will then submit an extended application to narrow down the competition.

The Top 5 will then face a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges to pitch why they should be named the best in BC. Winners will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education and resources, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

More details on the Small Business BC Award nominees can be found at

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