By Brandon Barrett, The Pique Newsmagazine
A pair of homegrown Whistler companies will vie for top honours at this month’s BC Small Business Awards after being named as a Top 5 finalist in two separate categories.
Kahuna Paddleboards, Canada’s largest stand-up paddleboard manufacturer, is up for an international trade award, while The Oracle, which offers unique handmade gifts and spiritual and holistic services, is competing for best workplace. The Oracle was also named a semi-finalist in the Best International Trade and Best Employer categories in December.
The Oracle is up for the Best Workplace award, which honours businesses that provide a happy and healthy work environment for staff.
The Oracle regularly gives back to the community through fundraisers, and works directly with the artisans that handcraft the store’s products in Mexico and Indonesia. The business also donates raised funds and a portion of profits to two social programs in those countries that support women and children in need.
Oswald could not be reached for comment by press time.