Filaprint makes finals for small business awards

Trent Ernst, Editor


Local 3D printing company Filaprint has made it to the finals for Small Business BC’s annual awards.

Owner Jody Mitchell says she’s having fun getting ready for the event.

“I need to put together a ‘commercial-type 30 second video,’” says Mitchell. “I’m looking at showcasing some of Geopark sites for this. I’m working on a replica of Monkman and Wapiti park, and plan to use it along with the Tumbler Ridge model to show the judges.”

Then, says Mitchell, there’s the Dragons Den-style pitch. Some businesses will do this in person in Vancouver next week, but Mitchell, the farthest north of the nominees, will be doing in a makeshift studio via Skype. “I will be grilled by the panel to answer questions about the business. So I’m busy making myself comfortable in front of a camera, practicing small video clips and getting a more active social media profile,” she says.

This is the last stage in a process that began back in October for Mitchell, when Small Business BC asked British Columbians to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses. The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category were announced as the Top 10 Semi-Finalists on December 11, 2015.

There are ten categories in the contest, and Mitchell’s Filaprint has been nominated in the best Concept category, going against Big Heart Publishing Inc. out of Wells, Circus Play Café, ElleBoxCo and Riipen Networks, all out of Vancouver.

Indeed, Filaprint is one of only five businesses in the north to be nominated. In addition to Filaprint and Big Heart Publishing, Game Quest and Shiraz Café and Restaurant out of Prince George and Vintage and Restoration Love out of Dawson Creek were all nominated in the Premier’s People’s Choice category.

This year marked the biggest year yet for the Small Business BC Awards competition with a total of 535 published nominees from 71 communities across British Columbia. “We’d like to congratulate the Top 5 and wish them the best of luck as they pitch the judges,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “The participation of greater numbers of nominees from even more communities across the province this year has made for an entertaining and very high-spirited competition.”

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on February 25 in Vancouver.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners will also be offered a one-year All-Access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from award sponsors.

Mitchell says she’s looking forward to going to the event. “Community Futures Peace Liard has been so helpful and kind … They got wind of the Top five and offered to sponsor my trip down to the ceremony! I am bringing my Mom as my plus one and can’t wait to go!”