Ginger Jars and High Beam Dreams, both of Gibsons, were among the winners at the Small Business BC Awards, handed out Feb. 21 at a ceremony in Vancouver.
Close to 600 small businesses from 70 communities were nominated in eight categories.
Ginger Jars was recognized for Best Community Impact.
Tim Bedford and Stephanie Heins established Ginger Jars to “lessen the impact of food waste on our communities, both environmentally and financially,” according to the award summary. The company reuses culled produce from retailers and farmers to create its products and works with local schools on cooking classes that educate students about on food waste within the school system.
High Beam Dreams took home of the award for Best Immigrant Entrepreneur.
Vineet Miglani and Nidhi Kamboj bought the former Gibsons United Church and transformed it “with love and sweat” into an event space to serve the local community, hosting weddings, art show and musical performances.
Another company with ties to the Sunshine Coast, Emelle’s Catering, which is based on the Lower Mainland but operates a bistro at the Gibsons Public Market, won in two catergories: Best Marketer and Best Employer.
“Building B.C.’s small business economy is critical to our communities’ success,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, in a release announcing the winners. “Celebrating and honouring excellence allows us to share these best practices province wide. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Job well done!”