November 25, 2014 – British Columbia: The 2015 Small Business BC Awards opened for nominations on October 1, 2014 attracting more than 346 British Columbia-based small businesses who have been nominated so far.
Among the nominees are seven local businesses in Whistler: Bluebird Strategy, nominated for Premier’s People’s Choice, Canadian Wilderness Adventures, nominated for Best Employer and Best Company, Infinity Enterprises Group Ltd., nominated for Best Immigrant Entrepreneur, Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, nominated for Best Community Impact, Lucia Gelato, nominated for Best Company, Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces Ltd, nominated for Best Company and Premier’s People’s Choice, and RDC Fine Homes Inc., nominated for Best Employer.
Since its inception in 2003, the annual Small Business BC Awards have become one of the largest and most widely-recognized contests in British Columbia. Last year, 470 local small businesses were nominated, from 55 communities, across the province.
The awards acknowledge the contribution that over 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in our province make to their local communities and the global economy. After all, 98 percent of businesses in BC are small businesses, and the Lower Mainland is home to about 224,700 of them.
Nominations and voting for will remain open until November 30, 2014. Businesses can enter the competition through self- or third-party nomination in one of ten categories:
Best Company, Best Workplace, Best Concept. Best International Trade, Best Employer, Premier’s People’s Choice, Best Online Marketer, Best Community Impact, Best Immigrant Entrepreneur, Best Emerging Entrepreneur.
To prove that they are truly among the best in BC, nominated companies must gain as many votes as possible. Top 10 finalists will then submit an extended application to narrow down the competition.
The Top 5 will then face a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges to pitch why they should be named the best in BC. Winners will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education and resources, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.
The public is encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses, between October 1 and November 30, for a Small Business BC Award.
More details on the Small Business BC Awards and nominees can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca
VOTE FOR BLUEBIRD STRATEGY HERE.
The fourth annual GROW Conference was recently held at the Vancouver Convention Centre attracting a swarm of pioneers, founders, executives, influences and investors from around North America. This year there were over 1,000 attendees making it one of, if not the biggest technology entrepreneur conference in the world.
The GROW Conference was built on the idea of helping entrepreneurs build the next billion dollar company, and it showed simply by the caliber of professionals in attendance. Notable speakers include Daniel Burka and Jake Knapp of Google Ventures - Quit Wasting Time on Ideas That Suck, Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures – There’s Only 2 Ways to Build a 100M Company and Josh Elman of Greylock – The Secrets to Driving Massive User Growth.
As a hot spot for startups, Vancouver is an ideal location for entrepreneurs and a great host city for the GROW Conference. For more information visit www.growconf.com.
Polaroid’s Action Camera made its debut in Whistler at the 3rd annual Whistler Longboard Festival which took place July 5-7. As a sponsor of the Big Air Competition, Freestyle Showcase and the World Cup Downhill Race, Polaroid Action amped up the festival with prize giveaways and no shortage of entertainment.
The Polaroid Big Air heated up Olympic Plaza on Friday afternoon showcasing top riders from around the world throwing tricks off a custom-built kicker into a giant Acro Bag. Polaroid was on site with t-shirt and camera giveaways getting the crowd pumped up and kicking off the festival in true action-sports fashion.
On Saturday the Polaroid Freestyle Showcase went down in the center of Whistler Village and featured skate legend Kevin Harris along with Canada’s top freestyle skateboarders Ryan Brynelson and Andy Anderson.
Pulling double duty, Polaroid also played host to their team of riders up at the World Cup Downhill venue that same day. Along with offering a cool place to sit down and chill out, they also gave away a generous supply of cameras to fans and supporters at the race. On point with the needs of athletes and filmmakers alike, their sponsorship at this year’s festival was the perfect match, giving them inordinate exposure, branding opportunities and recognition for the Polaroid Action Cam.
For more information about the new products from Polaroid Action, check them out at: polaroidaction.com/
2013 will mark the third year of The Whistler Longboard Festival in Whistler. This year's festival is comprised of four main events: Downhill Freeride and Race at The Whistler Sliding Centre at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Skate Showcase in the heart of Whistler Village Stroll, a local Skate Competition and the Skate + Shoot Longboard Biathlon at the Whistler Olympic Park. The Festival will take place over four days from Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th, 2013.
It was recently announced by the International Downhill Federation that Whistler's downhill competition has been added to the World Cup Circuit. Its exciting news for Whistler, adding another World Class event to its roster. This year's event will feature live streaming, improved access to the downhill course, advanced timing systems and of course a beer garden to sit back and watch the action with a cold brewsky from the Whistler Brewing Company.
Check out the schedule:
For more information, check out www.whistlerlongboard.com
This July the EPIC Sustainable Living Festival (formerly the EPIC Expo) will be setting up shop on the beautiful grounds of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. EPIC will take place on July 6 and 7, 2013 and will still be a gathering of forward-thinking companies with sustainable products and practices, however this time it will be in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful and iconic outdoor settings.
The EPIC Festival will feature Live Music and Guest Speakers on the Main Stage as well as a Sustainable Living Marketplace featuring hundreds of eco friendly companies.
In addition, in celebration of BC’s amazing food culture and community, EPIC Festival will host Green Table Network chefs preparing gourmet tasting plates, exhibitors offering sips and samples of delicious sustainable food and beverages, and food trucks with Vancouver’s best street cuisine.
The Sustainable Living Marketplace is the epicentre of EPIC, where thousands of visitors will stroll through a canopied open-air promenade of booths and displays. This is where the EPIC concepts truly comes to life, highlighting the link between the economy, the environment, and the community.
Follow EPIC Festival on Facebook for more updates and information
If you are interested in more information regarding participation as a restaurant, beverage supplier, exhibitor or sponsor, please contact Bluebird Strategy:
info (at) bluebirdstrategy . com
Interested in Sponsorship training? Bluebird Strategy is pleased to share some exciting details of a Sponsorship Seminar that is coming ot the Vancouver area. The event is a full day workshope on Wednesday, June 22nd entitled
"Inventory Development and Valuation - What Do You Have To Sell To Sponsors + What Is It Really Worth?"
The workshop is presented by The Partnership Group Sponsorship Specialists, Tourism Vancouver and Langara College and will take place at Langara.
The day will focus on assisting you to determine what you may have within your organization to actually sell that is worth real value to a sponsor or prospect. It will look beyond the traditional "hanging of a banner" or "logo inclusion" inventory benefits into what companies are seeking from you in a sponsorship package of assets and benefits. It will provide you with the tools, systems and real life experience and scenarios to seek out within your organization new and unique items that you may have to sell and "build an inventory of benefits" that sponsors want to buy.
The day will then continue by teaching you to actually determine and place "real market value" for each and every one of your inventory benefits and assets, be they tangible or intangible. This part of the day will utilize industry accepted standards and formulas for calculating value to ensure you walk away with the necessary tools to value your own property assets.
This full day session will be a hands-on interactive workshop that will engage delegates both during lecture and in break-out groups to build and value inventory. This is a must attend workshop for any organization seeking to generate more revenue.
Friends of Bluebird Strategy can take advantage of a preferrable registration rate of $275! (Regular Rate is $450) To take advantage of this rate, please use the promo code "bluebird" when registering at: http://www.partnershipgroup.ca/pg/register.php
For more information on this workshop please visit: http://www.partnershipgroup.ca/pg/venues.php
This is an amazing video that shows the everyday activities of our lovely Whistler, British Columbia.
Whistler Blackcomb - XXS A day in the life of a miniature Whistler, the biggest little ski area in the world. This video documents a bird's eye view of teeny, tiny Whistler Village and surrounding Whistler Blackcomb mountains, making it a real life snow globe. Music Passed Out by White Apple Tree Directed by Mike Douglas Edited by Jeff Thomas Filmed by Jeff Thomas and Mike Douglas
For more info on this amazing production, check out http://www.switchbackentertainment.com
On March 4th, 2010, the Community Foundation of Whistler will launch an inaugural fundraising event in support of the Kathy Barnett Memorial Fund. The fund was created in 2008 in memory of Kathy Barnett, a former Whistler resident and CFOW Director. Kathy was a strong, community-oriented woman who gave of herself for the betterment of others. Together with her husband, Kathy co-founded the Pique Newsmagazine, a successful independent weekly newspaper.
The luncheon will feature a high profile keynote speaker who will address the topic of Women and Leadership, as well as profile women who have received grants from the endowment fund. The event will be held at the beautiful and majestic Fairmont Chateau Whistler and will be hosted by Chris Quinlin. Attendees of the event will have the exciting opportunity to bid on one of a kind Whistler experiences with the company of influential and inspiringwomen and men as mentors for the day. Through a celebration of Kathy’s legacy, the event will inspire local women and build ongoing financial support for the endowment fund.
This event has been made possible by the support of Pique Newsmagazine, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Long Run Productions, Vancouver Magazine, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Women of Whistler as well as a dedicated volunteer event committee.
Its fall, and there is something about "back to school" which inspires me to think about educational development and networking. At the end of October, the Western Sponsorship Congress takes place in Calgary, it is a chance for us West Coasters and pretty much everyone west of Winnipeg to come together and share ideas and inspiration within the realm of Sponsorship.
The Western Sponsorship Congress™ provides professional development and networking opportunities that have focus on a range of sponsorship related topics from inventory development, prospecting, branding, designing proposals, technology, communications, case studies and insights from properties and corporate sponsors.
This year, over 200 delegates and speakers will be in attendance. Attendees represent a cross section of corporations and small businesses that invest in sponsorship, non-profits and charities, sports organizations (professional and amateur), all levels of government and advertising, communications, public relations and sponsorship agencies.
A couple of the sessions I am most looking forward to include:
For more info on the #WSCongress visit: www.sponsorshipcongress.ca
As the sponsorship lead for this year’s inaugural Eco Fashion Week presented by AVEDA, I have been tasked with the challenge of building a sustainable sponsorship strategy with a sales focus exclusively on organizations that are committed to improving their environmentally efficiency. Through this process, I have recognized some key strategies to share with you about sustainability, sponsorship and event execution. First priority is to ensure the sponsors you are approaching have a sustainability mission or are working towards one – often found on the partners websites. Sponsorship is a much a partnership, and if your two organizations don't share like minded goals, there is no point pursuing the relationship:
AVEDA: When it comes to environmentally responsible make up, hair and body products, AVEDA has been paving the way since 1978. AVEDA`s best practices include pure flower and plant ingredients in their products, responsible packaging that rewards consumers to recycle, campaign to end animal testing in the industry and an impressive environmental sustainability policy. For more information: http://www.aveda.com/aboutaveda/esp.tmpl
SIGG: Metro Vancouver’s tap water is arguably some of the best drinking water in the world, and it costs you only about $0.0008 per litre. A single-use one litre bottle of water can cost you as much as $1.75 a litre and will take hundreds of years to decompose. EFW has partnered with SIGG Bottles to provide its guests with free water at the event...don`t forget your Sigg Bottle! For more information: http://www.sigg.com/siggnificance/simply-eco-logical/
Painted Turtle Wine: Painted Turtle comes in a 100% Recyclable Wine bottle as well as a portion from the proceeds from every bottle is donated to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. For more information: http://www.paintedturtlewine.com/greenInitiatives/index.html
Schramm Vodka: Using locally grown Pemberton potatoes, Pemberton Distillery produces small batches of organic single malt whisky using organic malted barley from the Okanagan Valley and pure Coast Mountain water. For more information: http://pembertondistillery.ca/
For a list of all sponsors and supporters of the inaugural Eco Fashion Week, check out www.ecofashion-week.com/partners
For more information about Sponsorship and Eco Fashion Week, contact Bluebird Strategy
Sponsorship News from the West Coast.