Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards finalists

It's that time of year again! The finalists have been announced for the 2014 Douglas College Self Employment Program Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Held each year, the awards recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurs who have graduated from Douglas College’s Self Employment Program.

They are vying for awards in eight categories and for an overall Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which will be presented during an event on October 21.

Here are this year's finalists, listed by category:

Construction and Manufacturing

  • Colin Dion, Transition Construction, Maple Ridge
  • Sohrab Pakseresht Esmaeil, Labyrinth Art Interiors, Port Moody
  • Zahra Majzoubi, Zara Custom Curtains Ltd., Coquitlam


  • Jim Anderson, Anderson Prototypes, Port Moody
  • Don Lekei, Help-My-Tech, Maple Ridge
  • Douglas Beech, HiretheWorld, Burnaby

Home Based

  • Stacey Allward, ABS Consulting Services, Vancouver
  • Leann Fox, BackPAC Fundraising, Port Moody
  • Anne James, A Place For Everything, New Westminster


  • Manmeet Nina Kaur, Ethical Financial, Surrey
  • Pamela Baxter, Cascadia Gluten-Free Foods, North Vancouver
  • TamAirah Pedersen Campbell, The Style Chamber, Pemberton


  • Carrie Tang, Bronco Belle Texas BBQ & Grill, Coquitlam
  • Dale Breedveld, Over The Top Turkey, Surrey
  • Brenda Fraser, Brenda’s Bangles & Baubles, Coquitlam


  • Mike Oakley, Home James Services for Seniors, Port Coquitlam
  • Raj Aujla, Path to Sobriety, New Westminster
  • Antoaneta Eneva, A1 Design Studio Inc., Port Moody

Smartest Start

  • Rebecca Wood Barrett, Buzzworks Creative, Whistler
  • Timothy Danielson, Character Industry, Surrey
  • Christopher Szewczyk, Antipasti Catering, Whistler


  • Dewan Bayney, Kontakt Records, Port Moody
  • Angela Ripolo, Heart & Soul Fitness, New Westminster
  • Mehrnaz Jackie Bassiri, MyGradeBooster, North Vancouver

For more information about the awards, visit the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards website.