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2013 Small Business and Community Awards

Community Futures Boundary hosted the Small Business and Community Awards during their Open House Thursday Oct 24 at the Grand Forks Curling Rink. This catered event was free and open to the public and nearly 100 people from the local business, government and NGO community were in attendance. Wendy McCulloch emceed the event while Sandy Elzinga hosted the awards portion. Our local Member of Legislature, Linda Larson, also put in a brief appearance.

Each year the awards are given out in connection with Small Business Week. 11 awards were given out: 2 internal to the Community Futures network and 9 to the community at large.
While the categories are chosen beforehand the nominations and voting are up to the public.

This unique experience for me – coming out to cover an event and then becoming part of that event. (I got one of the awards)

The Awards and their winners:

Business Service Excellence Award

Jogas Espresso Café


Retail Excellence Award

Thistle Pot Gifts


Family Friendly Business Award

Bored Room Bistro


Youth Entrepreneur Award

Maxwell Nicholson

Green Business Award

Kettle Valley Waste Ltd.

Individual Service Excellence Award

Cyndi Zibin

Community Impact Award

Grand Forks Hospital Auxiliary

Community Volunteer of the Year Award

Les Johnson

Business of the Year Award

Morrissey Creek Building Supplies

The two internal awards went to:

  • Community Futures Network Volunteer Award – Daniel Drexler
  • Financial Management Excellence – Lori Gruen

NOTE – correction: in the video the name of Bored Room Bistro is incorrectly spelled Board Room Bistro.


Community Futures Boundary delivers WorkBC support for Job Searching and Job Starting

One of the things Community Futures Boundary does is deliver programs for the province’s WorkBC initiative.

And WorkBC has support for those of you that are in Job Search mode or have just started a job and are working less than 19 hours per week. The help covers things like uniforms, foot wear and essential tools for new hires, your job might require these items but you haven’t gotten your first pay cheque yet; gas to help you get to interviews in you search for a job. You can listen to my interview with Andrea Zibin in the video below and visit their website (boundarycf.com) for more information. They have workshops to help you sharpen your job search skills, assistance to get certification and training and much, much more.