White Rock Entrepreneurs Big Chance at $1,500 Award

The British Columbia (BC) Small Business Awards has nominated two White Rock small business owners for its top prize.


Laura Mawhinney is the owner of White Rock Thrift Shop, which donates all proceeds to Haiti Project Aftershock. She was inspired to begin the thrift shop, following her visit to shell-shocked Haiti in 2010. She is being recognized for her humanitarian work under the Best Community Impact category.

Mawhinney says she feels ". . . blessed and humbled to have been nominated" To her she's already won the brass ring when she hears her community say she has made such a difference in others' lives. What is adding to the excitement of Mawhinney's nomination is the recent news that her Project Aftershock lotion won for a second time Lush Cosmetics' Charity Pot grant of $8,000.

Other nominee and Western University student, Alex Dobbie, is recognized in the category of Best Emerging Entrepreneur for his nascent skimboarding business. Dobbie began the startup in February when efforts to get a summer job failed. Since he got the call he had been nominated, support for his fledgling company has been building on social media. Dobbie has a partner with whom he will manufacture skimboards for purchase, and operate more camps. So far all skimboarding classes offered are sold out except one.

Both Mawhinney and Dobbie have until November 30th to accumulate enough votes to win the top prize of $1,500 that will also include business mentorship opportunities.

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