Two Revelstoke businesses nominated for Small Business BC awards

Two Revelstoke businesses have been nominated for Small Business BC awards, and you can help them win by voting for them online. Details in this story.

Alycia Sanderson and Sara Sansom at Birch & Lace Hair Company on Second Street East, one of two Revelstoke businesses nominated for Small Business B.C. awards. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, opened nominations and voting for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards on October 1, 2015. Two small businesses in Revelstoke have been nominated:

They are natural Revelstoke hair salon Birch & Lace under the Best Concept category, and community coworking and innovation space Mountain CoLab in the Best Community Impact category.

[Disclosure: The Revelstoke Mountaineer is located in the Mountain CoLab space; owner Aaron Orlando sits on the co-operative’s executive committee.]

Birch & Lace Hair Company is a new eco-focused salon that has rejuvenated the corner of Second Street and Orton Avenue in a retail location that sat empty for many years. They combine eco-conscious hair products with cutting edge hair and design concepts.

Co-owner Sara Samson said she was excited about the nomination. You can vote to support their nomination and help them win awards here.

Revelstoke Mountain CoLab members at their second storey office at 101 Second Street East. Photo: Keri Knapp
Revelstoke Mountain CoLab members at their second storey office at 101 Second Street East. Photo: Keri Knapp

The Mountain CoLab is also on the same block, above the Royal LePage office in downtown Revelstoke. It’s a central space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, non-profits and remote employees to work, meet and network. It’s a modern a shared office experience with private and open concept facilities that include all amenities for work-life balance in Revelstoke. Since it opened in early 2015, the co-operative has increased in size and is now expanding next door to the former Avalanche Canada office. It hosts a variety of professionals including biologists, media workers, designers, programmers, engineers, construction design, industrial designers, web developers, accountants, graduate students and more.

You can support their nomination by voting here.

“Coworking spaces are the office without the politics,” said executive committee member Jean-Marc LaFlamme. “Freelancers, organizations & entrepreneurs develop community not competition, in growing markets. Plus we innovate amazingly fast through all sorts of issues and volunteer a good portion of our time.”

“We provide affordable office and desk spaces for entrepreneurs, which are in high demand, and encourage collaboration and networking for people that would otherwise be working from their homes,” said executive committee member Fraser Blyth.

The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key part of the Awards’ mission is to celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

“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,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “I am delighted to see Revelstoke’s vibrant business community entering the Small Business BC Awards to be recognized for their achievements both locally and globally.”

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 Best Community Impact Award, sponsored by Vancity, goes to the company that’s truly making a difference in their community.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners will also be offered a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.

The contest is open for nominations and voting until November 30, 2015. The public is invited to nominate their favourite small businesses for a Small Business BC Award. Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means possible.

The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category will be announced as the Top 10 on December 11, 2015. These nominees will submit a detailed application that judges will use to determine the Top 5 finalists from each award category, announced on January 29, 2016. The Top 5 finalists will then be invited to present a 10-minute Dragons’ Den-style pitch to the judges to prove themselves as one of BC’s best.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 25, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.

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