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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is honoured to announce the winners of the Business Achievement Awards. The awards gala held last night at the Parksville Centre was full of energy and excitement. Another SOLD OUT event. Emceed by Dave Graham, 88.5 the Beach and Jeannie Maltesen, Chamber President elect. Finalists, past winners and guests celebrated the outstanding businesses in our community.

‘Hosting the Business Achievement Awards is an honour for the chamber. It represents months of work to make it just right and something our members can be proud of, but in the end, it is worth it! Finalists, winners, their families and colleagues are so supportive and it’s just a pleasure to be a part of. It’s important to us that we honour and support the great businesses in our community’ Kim Burden, Executive Director, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.

‘Honoured and humbled to have Weather-Wise represent this incredible community while working alongside such a professional mindful team’ said Manager, Greg Matheson after accepting the award for ‘Outstanding Workplace – Employer of the Year’

6 category winners and a special Community Spirit Award recipient:

Category Award Winners:


The Canadian Federation of Independant Business says it's the quality of the entrepreneurs and businesses, not the policies of local politicians, that determine whether a city is an engine of growth.With that in mind, researchers at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business drew up a list of 12 indicators. Data for each of these indicators were drawn from surveys of CFIB members and studies compiled by Statistics Canada. The 12 indicators count such tangibles as the number of businesses started during the first half of this year, and gauge intangibles such as entrepreneurs' attitudes on the near-term business climate.For each indicator, the CFIB ranked each municipality from the highest score to the lowest. The results were then converted to an index by assigning the best municipality a score of 100 and the worst a score of 0. Those in between received a score proportionate to their rank. Final results were based on the scores derived using the indicators.A final point: How did the CFIB define "city" or "municipality"? The CFIB used Statistics Canada's "census metropolitan areas" and "census agglomerations." These focus more on economic units than rigid municipal boundaries. Canada has more than 100 CMA/CAs with populations above 25,000.CFIBs top places for start-ups (with score out of 100)1 Lloydminster -- 73.72 Parksville (B.C.) -- 61.73 Grande Prairie (Alta.) -- 60.74 Fort St. John (B.C.) -- 60.15 Saskatoon (Sask) -- 59.76 Kelowna (B.C.) -- 59.27 Sept-Iles (Que) -- 58.88 Fort McMurray (Alta.) -- 58.19 Moose Jaw (Sask.) -- 58.010 Regina (Sask.) -- 57.311 Toronto's 905 region (Ont) -- 56.6


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