Nanaimo’s Business Achievement Award Finalists Announced


For Immediate Release
Nanaimo, BC
February 22, 2016

This year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards finalists have been announced with the number of contenders greatly exceeding any past year’s count.

According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “I think the increase in nominations partly reflects the positive performance of much of the business community in the past year. Many businesses are proud of their successes and happy to join in celebrating this and their colleagues accomplishments in 2015.”

The Business Achievement Awards will be presented in an ‘Oscar-style’ red carpet event at the Port Theatre on Friday, March 4. Reserved seats are available at the Port Theatre Box Office. “We’ve been doing this in a gala banquet format for years and decided it was time for a change. Taking a ‘showtime’ approach hopefully also elevates the finalists and winners to an onstage presentation to recognize them for their great work in the past year” stated Smythe.

“Paparazzi, upscale appies, plenty of bubbly available, a jazz band in the lobby, a 10 piece big band on stage to help welcome winners to the podium, and an After Party at Minnoz will surely all help add to the festive atmosphere and mood” according to the Chamber CEO.

This is the 16th annual event presented by the Chamber. Nominations were open to all businesses in the Greater Nanaimo area, whether they are Chamber members or not.


Living Forest Campground
Nanaimo Track & Field Club
Sundown Diving
Vancouver Island Catamaran
Vancouver Island Expeditions

HOSPITALITY (under 20 employees)
Brannen Lake Campgrounds

HOSPITALITY (over 20 employees)
Coast Bastion Hotel

Coco Café
Riso Foods Inc.
The Nest
Westwood Bistro
White Spot North

2 Chefs Affair
Bee’s Knees
Modern Café
The Nest

2 Chefs Affair
The Queens
NYLA Fresh Threads

City Tile
Coast Wholesale Appliances
Iron Oxide Art Supplies
NYLA Fresh Thread
Westcoast Shutters, Blinds & Closets

RETAIL (25+ employees)
Dodd’s Furniture
London Drugs Port Place
Quality Foods

AGS Services
Carto Investment & Insurance (Sun Life)
Church Pickard
Elite Image
HA Photography
Hayes Stewart Little
Investors Group

Island West Coast Development
Milner Group
Nanaimo Precast

BC Robotics
Resonance Software
Seamor Marine
Thriving Locally

Balbina Studio art+ design
Harbour City Theatre Alliance
Iron Oxide Art Supplies
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo Arts Council
Nanaimo Conservatory of Music
Spotlight Academy
Vancouver Island Symphony
Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

Boys & Girls Club
Haven House
Innovation Island
Nanaimo Child Development Centre
Nanaimo Food Share Society
Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre
Nanaimo Youth Services Association

Coco Café
Code Brew
Salvation Army

Coast Salish Development Corporation
Coastal Community Credit Union
Island Savings Credit Union

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE – Up to 10 employees
Balloon Emporium
Bee’s Knees
HA Photography
Pye Design
Sea Salt Food Company Inc.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE – 11 – 49 employees
Nesvog Meats
Nanaimo Precast Ltd.
Northridge Health Performance Centre

Origin at Longwood
Paradise Island Foods

460 Communications
Driven Performance
Elite Image
Glacial Bay Organic Clay
Pye Design
Roar Representation
Sea Salt Food Company Inc.
Thriving Locally
Vancouver Island Expeditions



For more information contact:
Kim Smythe, CEO
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

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British Columbia celebrates chambers of commerce throughout the province

VICTORIA – The Province has proclaimed Feb. 15-19, 2016, Chamber of Commerce Week in
British Columbia.

This proclamation recognizes more than 125 chambers of commerce across the province and
the work they do to grow B.C.s economy and create jobs, Minister of Small Business and Red
Tape Reduction Coralee Oakes announced today.

This year’s theme, Empowering B.C. Businesses, celebrates the leadership role that chambers
play in their local communities where they build links as business advocates and encourage
policies that support business and economic development.

In the past year, the B.C. government has worked closely with the BC Chamber of Commerce to
ensure small businesses can participate in economic opportunities and that their voices are
heard through participation on B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable. The chamber also helps
business owners and their employees develop skills and learn new tools through promotion of
the CanadaB.C. Job Grant to its membership.

The BC chamber has been consistent with its message: red tape is one of the biggest burdens
business owners face in growing their businesses and creating new jobs. Government has
heard that message loudly and clearly and is responding by reducing unnecessary regulatory
requirements by more than 43{3236bfe566a0d68e2245ffbb9d220fc7554709fab7d664768e3da2edc73a1bc9} since 2001.

Quick Facts:
The chamber network in B.C. is the largest, most broadly based business organization in
the province.
There are more than 125 chambers and boards of trade in the BC chamber’s network
alone and 36,000 represented businesses.
The BC Chamber of Commerce represents more than 36,000 small, medium and large
British Columbia businesses. The chamber is a key partner and works with government to
achieve the goal of making British Columbia the most business-friendly jurisdiction in
Chambers exist in every corner of the province.
Small business makes up 98{3236bfe566a0d68e2245ffbb9d220fc7554709fab7d664768e3da2edc73a1bc9} of all business in the province and employs more than one
million people.
Small business provides nearly 54{3236bfe566a0d68e2245ffbb9d220fc7554709fab7d664768e3da2edc73a1bc9} of all private-sector jobs in British Columbia, the
highest rate in the country.
In 2014, approximately 382,600 small businesses were operating in the province, 81{3236bfe566a0d68e2245ffbb9d220fc7554709fab7d664768e3da2edc73a1bc9} of
which had fewer than five employees.
British Columbia ranks first in Canada for the number of small businesses per capita, with
82.6 businesses per 1,000 people.