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Valemount spa nominated for Small Business BC award

Valemount business Emerald Earth Organic Spa was announced today as a top-five finalist for the Best Solopreneur Award from Small Business BC as part of the organization’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship.

Emerald Earth Organic Spa encourages indulgence and relaxation with a full-service spa menu featuring customized massage, facials, foot bliss therapy and hot stone massages.

They are nominated for the Best Solopreneur Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual that has started and grown a solo business. They have demonstrated the unique skillset required to stay focused on their long-term goals, while juggling the day-to-day demands of running a successful company.

Judge’s Comment: “Emerald Earth founder, Sherrie Houghton was selected as a Top 5 finalist in the Solopreneur category for combining her passion for nature and wellbeing, and her formal training into a successful spa and self-care business that has had to pivot several times along the way, but in a way that always took her to the next level.

Small Business BC Awards

This year, the Small Business BC Awards received a record number of nominations; a sign of support for local entrepreneurs who endured many challenges this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 937 nominations were received, representing 558 small businesses in 88 communities across BC. Nominated businesses come from a wide range of industries, offering diverse products and services to British Columbians.

“I think it’s clear from the overwhelming number of nominations and the more than 50,000 public votes, that the spirit of support for small business runs strong in our province. This has been the most difficult year for small business owners and now their communities are standing behind them, recognizing what they’ve been through and celebrating their success,” said Small Business BC CEO, Tom Conway.

“This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the province’s hard-working small business owners,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Their success and innovation is inspirational. I congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work – they deserve the recognition. They also deserve our gratitude for the contribution they make to communities throughout B.C.”

After being nominated, small businesses had until March 8, 2021 to gain as many votes as possible from the public. Votes were collected by Small Business BC through their website, and the businesses with the most votes in each category (after a normalization process to allow for regional populations) were narrowed down to the top 20.

After being assessed and judged by an internal panel of business experts, the top five finalists in each category were announced today:

Top Five Awards Finalists

Best Youth Entrepreneur –  presented by Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Purpose Smoothie Co. – Richmond

Sea to Sky Sourdough BReD Inc. – Whistler

Justo’s Craft Dips – Victoria

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics – Canoe

Bigfoot Donuts – Courtenay

Best Community Impact –  presented by Immigrant Employment Council of BC

Bubbles Blossom Designs – Clinton

Sisters Sage – New Westminster

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics – Canoe

Sḵwálwen Botanicals – Squamish

Bigfoot Donuts – Courtenay

Best Solopreneur – presented by Small Business BC

Jak. Natural Designs – Blue River

Chiwis Kiwi Chips – Squamish

Aspect Film Works– Kamloops

Jada Creations – Terrace

Emerald Earth Organic Spa – Valemount

Best Innovation –  presented by Western Economic Diversification Canada

Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery – Courtenay

CORE Landscape Products – Courtenay

Big Bold Brand Inc. – North Vancouver

Matidor – Vancouver

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics – Canoe

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur –  presented by BDC

Soul Bite Food Inc. – Coquitlam

Audielicious Restaurant – Fort St. John

Charcuterie Vancouver – Vancouver

Artemex Mexican Handcrafts – West Kelowna

Kleiner Services Inc. – Burnaby

Premier’s People’s Choice –  presented by the Province of British Columbia

Bigfoot Donuts – Courtenay

Raven Reads Books Ltd. – Logan Lake

Summit Tiny Homes– Vernon

Sḵwálwen Botanicals – Squamish

Justo’s Craft Dips – Victoria

The finalists will now be required to make a presentation about their business to panel of judges, pitching why their business should win an award. The panel of independent business owners and professionals will then select the winners. 

The winners of the Small Business BC Awards will be announced over the course of a three-day virtual gala, from May 4 to May 6, 2021. The winners will receive $1,500, a short video shot by a professional film crew of their business, and an all access pass to Small Business BC’s services.

This year the Small Business BC Awards are sponsored by First West Credit Union and its four locally known and trusted divisions: Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial. 

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the virtual gala where the winners of the Small Business BC Awards will be announced. Register today at smallbusinessbc.ca/awards/gala.

For more information about the Small Business BC awards and the top five finalists, visit smallbusinessbc.ca/awards.


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