Courtenay small businesses seek votes to be named top in B.C.

Manatee Holdings and Excel Career College are seeking votes from the Courtenay community.

Local businesses Manatee Holdings and Excel Career College are seeking votes from the Courtenay community to become finalists in the provincial Small Business BC Awards —  previously known as the Successful You Awards.

Manatee Holdings is nominated for the Best Green Business Award, which recognizes businesses with an outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability through leadership and actions that influence green practices.

Manatee was a pioneer in the development of the food diving fisheries in the mid-70’s. The company then developed revolutionary open ocean ranching models that focus on sustainability practices and fitting into the natural ecology in beneficial ways.

Excel is nominated for Best Company and Best Workplace. The former recognizes the business that best demonstrates exceptional leadership, and has a proven track record of growth and profitability. The latter recognizes leadership in encouraging mental and physical health in employees through education, incentives and activities.

In a small town with fluctuation in economy and policies, Excel Career College has shown leadership, sustainability, growth and resiliency in many ways over the past 23 years.

In order to move on in the contest as a top 10 finalist, Manatee and Excel need as many votes as possible by Nov. 30. Visit www.sbbcawards.ca.

A small business is defined as less than 50 employees. Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves.

The top 10 nominees will be announced as finalists Dec. 13. They then submit an application which judges use to determine the top five finalists from each category, announced Jan. 31.

The winners will be awarded at ceremony Feb. 27 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Winners will receive the Premier of B.C.’s $1,500 cash prize, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education and experts, as well as business mentorship opportunities.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A WestJet flight on the runway leaving Comox. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Aviation company seeks contracted employees to fill former WestJet roles at YQQ

Menzies Aviation from Edinburgh Park, Scotland, operates in 34 countries across the world

A cougar was spotted Monday near Queneesh Elementary. (WildSafe BC photo)
Cougar sighted Monday near Courtenay school

Conservation officers are warning the public to avoid the wooded areas around… Continue reading

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
SD71 to address COVID-19 exposures with virtual town hall

The meeting is set for Thursday, March 4

Courtenay Elementary is the latest school on a growing list that has COVID-19 exposures. Google Maps photo
Courtenay Elementary latest school on growing list of COVID-19 exposures

Exposure dates at the school on McPhee Avenue are Feb. 22, 23 and 24

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation, May 8, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s weekend COVID-19 cases: 532 Saturday, 508 Sunday, 438 Monday

Fraser Health still has most, eight more coronavirus deaths

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Tofino Resort and Marina has temporarily shut down after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19. (Nora O’Malley photo)
COVID-19 confirmed at Tofino Resort and Marina

Resort apologizes to Hesquiaht First Nation for Valentine’s Day boating incident.

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hills using a homemade trip camera. Vancouver Island is home to approximately 800 cougars, which makes up about a quarter of the total population in B.C. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hill using a homemade trip camera. Schroyen presents Animal Signs: The Essence of Animal Communication on Nov. 30. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Declining Vancouver Island cougar populations linked to wolves

Large carnivore specialist says human development still plays biggest role on cougar numbers

Most Read