On Tuesday, March 29, Small Business BC will present its Successful You Awards Ceremony. In its 8th year, this event recognizes BC’s most important small business leaders. To date over 1,600 entrepreneurs have competed! Businesses include technology, the arts, retail trade, manufacturing, and recreation.

2010 Successful You

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver from 5-8 pm. Tickets are available online.

This year’s keynote speaker will be none other than Vikram Vij, of Vij’s Restaurant and Vij’s Rangoli. Obviously needing little introduction, Vikram will share his story of how Vij’s grew from a small, local South Granville eatery to the well-known successful brand that it’s become today.

Vikram Vij

Successful You nominees had the opportunity to share their nominations through Facebook and Twitter, to get the votes in. Voting and nominations ended on December 15th, 2010. The final votes were calculated and normalized according to 2009 British Columbia Regional District populations in order to create an equal playing field for all entrants.

A panel of judges reviewed the top 10 small businesses in each category, who were later narrowed down to the top five in those categories. Finalists were asked to present a 10 minute business pitch, with judges being able to ask questions following their pitch. The top finalists can be found here.

I think it will be a great opportunity to network with the other 400+ entrepreneurs, contest nominees and finalists, award sponsors, industry professionals and media attending this popular annual event!

Wine glasses

Just a few of the prizes that can be won at the event’s business card draw:

The Listel Hotel Jazz Primer Package, including a one night stay in an Artist Series Suite, a $100 dollar gift certificate to O’Douls Restaurant, and a jazz CD

– A Blenz gift basket and $50 gift card ($150 total value)

Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler: Two nights accommodation for two adults in a Studio Suite, including breakfast

– An iPhone 4G 16GB from Telus

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa gift certificate for a one night stay in a King Junior Suite

– A one year Vancouver Art Gallery Household Membership

Yew Restaurant at Four Seasons dining gift certificate for $70

Tray of desserts

IBC, Telus, WorkSafeBC, BC Hydro, CGA, and Business in Vancouver are a few of the many sponsors that make an event such as this one possible.

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