Please Vote! Amando Natural Stone 2015 Small Business BC Awards

Please Vote! Amando Natural Stone Small Business BC Awards Nominee


November 17, 2014 – British Columbia: The 2015 Small Business BC Awards opened for nominations on October 1, 2014 attracting more than 323 British Columbia-based small businesses who have been nominated so far.

Among the nominees, Amando Natural Stone was nominated under three categories: Best Company,





Best Immigrant Entrepreneur


and Best International Trade


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 percent of businesses in BC are small businesses, responsible for $14.4 billion of the province’s exported goods and services, and the Lower Mainland is home to about 224,700 of them.

Nominations and voting for will remain open until November 30, 2014. Businesses can enter the competition through self- or third-party nomination in one of ten categories:

Best Company                                                  Best Workplace

Best Concept                                                     Best International Trade

Best Employer                                                  Premier’s People’s Choice

Best Online Marketer                                  *Best Immigrant Entrepreneur

Best Community Impact                            *Best Emerging Entrepreneur

*This year’s new award categories

To prove that they are truly among the best in BC, nominated companies must gain as many votes as possible. VOTE Amando Natural Stone: Best Company, Best Immigrant Entrepreneur and Best International Trade. 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.

The public is encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses, between October 1 and November 30, for a Small Business BC Award.

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

Quick Facts

  • This year, Small Business BC introduced two new award categories for Best Emerging Entrepreneur and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur.
  • 210 companies in BC were nominated during the first month of the contest.
  • Over 2,600 entrepreneurs have participated in this province-wide awards competition.
  • Small Business BC is pleased to have the support of the BC Government and Premier Christy

Clark for the second year through the Premier’s People’s Choice Award, and the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash given to each of the award category winners.

  • The contest is free to enter to all new and existing small businesses in BC.


“Small Business BC 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. I am delighted to see Delta’s vibrant business community entering the Small Business BC Awards to be recognized for their achievements and impacts both locally and globally.”

– George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC


“It is encouraging to see so many nominations for the Small Business BC Awards already. With almost a month left to submit nominations, we encourage everyone to get involved and support small businesses in their area. Small businesses are key economic drivers in British Columbia and across the country, which is why IBC has been proud to support this event for the past six years.” – Bill Adams, VP, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada


Amando Natural Stone and Karina Eva are very proud and grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event and we’ll really appreciate your support!