Big Bro’s Barbershop was announced as the winner of the Best Emerging Entrepreneur 2016 awards at the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards on February 25th.
“The celebration of BC business has never been more competitive with a record-breaking 535 nominations from across the province and a handpicked selection of Top 10 Semi-Finalists and Top 5 Finalists.
Recipients of Small Business BC Awards were recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. The winners were also 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.”
Finalists went through a series of elimination rounds in order to make it to the finalists presented at the awards ceremony.
- October 1 – November 30: Businesses are nominated to Small Business BC by a member of the community or a representative of the business. The business is assigned to its relevant award categories, and voting is open to the public for the duration of this period. After November 30th, the Top 10 for each category are determined by popular vote.
- December 11 – January 8: Finalists must complete a written application providing the details of their business and addressing why their business should be considered for their particular category. The judges determine the Top 5 finalists from these applications.
- February 9 – February 15: Finalists meet the judges at the Small Business BC office downtown, and present a 10 minute pitch followed by a 30 minute Q&A period.
- February 25: The awards ceremony takes place, and winners are announced.
In the 13 years of the Annual Small Business BC Awards, Jessie Anderson is their first openly transgender finalist and winner. In his acceptance speech, Anderson acknowledged the increased awareness of the trans community in mainstream media, and credited Janine Fuller and the late Jim Deva for his employment experience at Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium:
“…[They] gave me a real inside perspective on what it means to manage a queer-focused business that doesn’t just focus on profit, but is also focused on holding community space.”
Watch the video below to learn more about all five Best Emerging Entrepreneur finalists: