The top small businesses in BC were announced on Thursday February 26 at the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards celebration at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.
Oliver’s Firehall Brewery (Sid and Marie Eve Ruhland pictured in file photo) competed fiercely in the Premier’s People’s Choice category for the last four months, helped in part by publicity through Oliver Daily News and the Oliver Community Arts Council, of which the Brewery is a member. The Top Five finalists were announced a month ago. Firehall Brewery was among them, swept to the top of the heap by online voting from supportive Oliver fans. Those finalists then had to sweat their way through interviews with a judging panel a la Dragon’s Den.
The overall winner, announced Thursday, may have been Julie’s Edible Bouquets of Quesnel, but Oliverites know the Firehall Brewery will always be their TOP People’s Choice! Congratulations Sid – and cheers to your beers!
A note about this award from Small Businesses BC Awards website: “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 Premier’s People’s Choice Award is presented to a BC business that can demonstrate that they have the unwavering and loyal support of their community. This award is for a small business that can show that their community thinks they go above and beyond. Using any imaginative, creative, or traditional tactics available, interested businesses will apply for the award, and engage their customers, clients and neighbours to vote for them online.” More news here: sbbcawards.ca/news