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Surrey Business Excellence Awards

Surrey Business Excellence Awards

This Surrey Board of Trade awards program celebrates Business in Surrey – a great place to live, learn and work! The businesses featured each year – the nominees and finalists – have reached a special point of business success. The Surrey Board of Trade for the past 20 years have celebrated Surrey businesses in this way. During the awards program that takes place in November, attendees learn what the Surrey Board of Trade represents to their business members which is; economic opportunity, workplace development and education, international trade, government advocacy and business connections. The 2019 event will take place on November 13, 2019.

Surrey is the fastest growing city in Canada and a powerful economic engine in the Lower Mainland. With the largest industrial land base in the region, businesses from near and far are looking at Surrey as their choice to do business in. Surrey has the advantage of being centrally located in the fast-developing Fraser Valley between the commercial hub of Vancouver and the US Border.

Surrey has five major highways as well as deep sea docking facilities and proximity to two international airports – Abbotsford and Vancouver.

Surrey is exciting now! Surrey has an exciting future! And you are ALL a part of it!

Surrey also stands at a critical juncture where the right decisions and investments have and will create economic opportunities for a generation and beyond. The Surrey Board of Trade stands behind the decisions to create a vibrant downtown Surrey and to develop all town centres in Surrey. Why? This harnesses the ability to bring in international businesses as well as local and national investment opportunities for Surrey. The government advocacy, that the Surrey Board of Trade engages in has realized many successes and delivered great media profile locally and nationally. Please check out the work that they do behind the scenes to drive Surrey’s economy at their website – businessinsurrey.com/policy.

The event focuses on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business. The video presentations, shown in the evening, are inspirational – from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization to the very innovative student entrepreneurs.

They are all trendsetters. They have made their dreams a reality and inspire others to make their dreams come true.

Event Information and Registration


Nominations

Nominations are now closed for 2019

Fill out the online application form at the links below!

ABOUT THE AWARDS
The objective of the awards is to help local businesses and organizations improve their performance while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models.

HOW TO NOMINATE
Anyone can nominate a business or individual for a Surrey Business Excellence Award and self-nominations are accepted. A Surrey Board of Trade membership is not required, although the business must have a Surrey business license.

CRITERIA

  • Categories 1 – 3: Number of employees is based on equivalent full-time employees
  • Categories 1 – 5: Businesses must have been in business for more than 3 years
  • Category 6: Business must have been in operation for a minimum of 6 months and no longer than 3 years. Businesses nominated in this category must be a new business and may not be previously operating anywhere. (ie: no franchises, no re-purchased businesses, no new locations).
  • Category 7: Nominees must be 35 years or younger, and own a Surrey-based business.
  • The business premises must be located within Surrey and have a current Surrey business license.
  • Previous winners in a particular category are ineligible for 3 years following the year in which they won.
  • A business/organization may only be nominated in one category.
  • Applications must be completed to be accepted, including letter of financial health and business license.

The information provided in response to the following questions provides the basis on which finalists are determined. Please respond to the questions as clearly and completely as possible in order to give the judging panel the best information on which to base their initial decisions. The SBOT reserves the right to change categories.

For assistance in completing a nomination form, or any questions about a nomination, please contact Heather Booth, Events and Communications Manager at 604.634.0341 or heather@businessinsurrey.com.

The Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Business Excellence Awards are accessible to all businesses in Surrey. The awards help local organizations improve their performance, while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models.

Categories

  1. Business Excellence Award (1-10 employees)
  2. Business Excellence Award (11-40 employees)
  3. Business Excellence Award (41+ employees)
  4. Not-For-Profit / Association Award
  5. Business Person of the Year (any leadership role)
  6. New Business of the Year (Surrey business operating less than 3 years)
  7. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (35 years or younger, own a Surrey-based business)

A Corporate Social Responsibility Award will also be presented, and selected from the Finalists from Categories 1-4 and Category 6.

Recognizing how important social responsibility is to their customers, many companies now focus on and practice a few broad categories of CSR:

1. Environmental efforts: One primary focus of corporate social responsibility is the environment. Businesses regardless of size have a large carbon footprint. Any steps they can take to reduce those footprints are considered both good for the company and society as a whole.

2. Philanthropy: Businesses can also practice social responsibility by donating money, products or services to social causes. Larger companies tend to have a lot of resources that can benefit charities and local community programs.

3. Ethical labor practices: By treating employees fairly and ethically, companies can also demonstrate their corporate social responsibility. This is especially true of businesses that operate in international locations with labor laws that differ from those in the United States.

4. Volunteering: Attending volunteer events says a lot about a company’s sincerity. By doing good deeds without expecting anything in return, companies are able to express their concern for specific issues and support for certain organizations.

Submission

Please submit your nomination to:

Heather Booth
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
heather@businessinsurrey.com
T: 604.634.0341
F: 604.588.7549


2019 Finalists

Business Person of the Year Category:
Nasir Kamrudin, Surrey Honda
Calvin MacInnis, Coast Capital Savings
Charan Sethi, Tien Sher Group of Companies

1-10 Employees Category:
Beta Collective Inc.
Prado Café Ltd.
Tochtech Technologies Ltd.

11-40 Employees Category:
Linus Media Group Inc.
Safer Schools Together
Zenterra Developments Ltd.

41+ Employees Category:
Cloverdale Paint Inc.
Joseph Richard Group
Star Marketing Ltd.

Not-for-Profit/Association of the Year Category:
Cloverdale Community Kitchen
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
Kids Play Youth Foundation

New Business of the Year Category:
Arcade Party Truck Ltd.
Floor Envy Supply and Renovations Ltd.
Joyful Indulgence Bakeshop Café

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category:
Marissa Bergeron, Eat the Dishes
Janaka Rathnayaka, Clayton Glass
Hassib Sarwari, Afghan Kitchen


Previous Winners

2018 Winners

Business Person of the Year:
Philip Aguirre, Newton Business Improvement Association and Old Surrey Restaurant

1-10 Employees Award:
Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc.

11-40 Employees Award:
HealthTech Connex Inc.

41+ Employees Award:
Silver Icing Inc.

New Business of the Year Award:
Maple Organics

Not-for-Profit of the Year Award:
Surrey Hospital Foundation

Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award:
Silver Icing Inc.

2017 Winners

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Raveena Oberoi, Just Cakes Bakeshop Ltd.
1-10 Employees Award: Sew Kool Embroidery and Screen-Printing
11-40 Employees Award: Safetech Scaffold Ltd.
41+ Employees Award: GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions
New Business of the Year Award: Forte Law – Employment Law Solutions
Not-for-Profit of the Year Award: Pacific Community Resources Society
Business Person of the Year Award: Sara Hodson
Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award: Safe Software Inc.

2016 Winners

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1-10 Employees Award: Peninsula Strata Management Ltd.
Sponsored by the Port of Vancouver

11-40 Employees Award: Innovative Fitness
Sponsored by Mansonville Plastics Group of Companies

41+ Employees Award: Bottom Line Ventures Ltd.
Sponsored by MNP

New Business of the Year Award: Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria – Guildford
Sponsored by: Century Group

Not-for-Profit of the Year Award: Options Community Services
Sponsored by: Copytek Print Centre

Business Person of the Year Award: Curtis Christopherson
Sponsored by Hamilton Duncan

Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award, sponsored by CN Bottom Line Ventures Ltd.

Winners Previous to 2018

Past Winners 1999-2017