Trent Ernst, Editor
Not content to rest on her laurels, local business owner Jody Mitchell is chasing after another BC Small Business Award.
Mitchell, whose 3D Printing company Filaprint brought home top honours in the “Best Concept” category last year, is currently in the running for the Best Innovation category in this year’s awards.
Mitchell says in the last year she has been busy helping other 3D printers get established. “Filaprint has helped set up several small 3D printing businesses in the Peace Region and encourages growth of the industry by passing along jobs to the various new hubs.”
She’s also donating a 3D printer to the Tumbler Ridge Public Library to help others learn the craft.
But it hasn’t all been helping grow the industry. She says this year she’s working on the largest project she’s ever done, a seven foot long, five foot wide map for an as-yet-unnamed client. “With secured contracts for LNG and large land developers, I already have the next year set out,” says Mitchell, who plans on incorporating in 2017. “All these things are going to be plotted out in the running for the second small business award homework. Going for a small business award is a lot of work. You must submit detailed plans, history, reports, finances, and prove your path. It’s a really good way to force me to brush up on my paper work and remember what it takes to keep moving forward.”
With new tech ideas, Filaprint has been able to hit some next level showcasing including an exact replica of the Armada, created with the help of another local company, Above Tumbler Ridge. Like last year, the initial selection is people’s choice.
She remains focused on the land models, refining her skills, and buying new printers (the basement is lined with them from wall to wall). “The business awards will help me fine tune the next year’s approach,” she says. “This years category is for innovation, looking for companies that have used technology for interesting new purposes and have helped their community in the process.
“Last years award was for best concept. Basically, last year I had to show I had a good idea, and this year I aim to prove it.”
You can vote for Filaprint before Nov 30 at sbbcawards.ca/nominees.