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Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen among the finalists for Small Business BC Awards

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December 24

 Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen, a program based at the Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar in Queensborough, is one of the finalists in the Best Community Impact category for Small Business BC Awards.

Small Business BC, a resource for entrepreneurs, and Canada Post asked the public to nominate their favourite small businesses across British Columbia for this year’s 17th annual Small Business BC Awards. More than 611 nominations were submitted in eight categories, with the 10 businesses in each category who received the most votes having now moved forward as semi-finalists.

“This year’s nominations show an eclectic mixture of businesses, and the resourcefulness of the B.C. small business community,” said a news release from Small Business BC.

Out of more than 600 nominations, two New Westminster businesses made it into the Top 10 in their categories.

“The Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen, concept was developed in the summer of 2007 when a group of like-minded individuals got together and wanted to help with feeding those in need in Vancouver and do so by encouraging Sikh youth and organizations to volunteer their time and services,” said the group’s website. “The practice of langar – the communal kitchen and seva – the selfless service of humanity; philosophies taught by our first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji many hundreds of years ago. For the Sikh community, this project is not missionary in nature, instead it is an opportunity for us to extend this true Sikh spirit of helping those in need regardless of caste, colour, creed, and economic status.”

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New Westminster-based Magnum Construction Services Inc. is a semi-finalist in the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur category.

“Drywall, painting, flooring, electrical, plumbing, and more. All of our services come with the same promise of quality, dedication, and durability,” said the company’s website. “Licensed and insured, we are an experienced contractors with knowledge passed down from generations. Our all-inclusive renovation model is designed to be efficient while providing more than the standard contractor experience. This leads to a high-quality, consistent result.”

The Top 10 semi-finalists will provide a panel of judges with a detailed application outlining why they deserve to win the award they’ve been nominated for. The Top 5 finalists will be announced on Jan. 20 and the winners will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards gala on Feb. 21.

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