Judd Rowse and the team at Cowpuccino’s are in the Top 10 in two categories of the Small Business B.C. Awards.

Judd Rowse and the team at Cowpuccino’s are in the Top 10 in two categories of the Small Business B.C. Awards.

Cowpuccino’s moves on to next round of Small Business B.C. Awards

Cowpuccino’s has made it through to the next round of the Small Business B.C. Awards.

Cowpuccino’s has made it through to the next round of the Small Business B.C. Awards in both the Community Impact and Best Workplace categories.

The Cow Bay-based coffee shop was named as one of the Top 10 semi-finalists in the awards on Dec. 12 after receiving enough votes and community support to get through a preliminary round that saw more than 460 businesses in more than 70 communities across the province receive a nomination.

“This year we saw a tremendous amount of participation in the Small Business BC Awards through a high number of nominees coming in from across the province. It’s fantastic to see so many small businesses being recognized, not only for their success, but also for the positive impact they’re having on their local communities and the contributions they’re making to the economy,” said Small Business B.C. CEO George Hunter.

As a semifinalist, Cowpuccino’s will now move forward to face a panel of judges, who will review their applications, and based on the award criteria, narrow down the competition to the Top 5 finalists in each category.

The Top 5 finalists in these categories will be announced on January 30, 2015, and invited to give a Dragons’ Den-style pitch in front of a panel of judges on why they should be named the best in B.C.

“It’s going to be a tough job selecting the winners, but we’re very excited to see who comes out on top,” said Hunter.

The winners will be honoured and celebrated on Feb. 26, 2015 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony in Vancouver. The night will include messages from Premier Christy Clark and the Honourable Minister Naomi Yamamoto, among others.

Winners will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business B.C. education and resources, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisers from the award sponsors.

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