Small Business of the Year sponsored by Vancity Credit Union
Winner: Rare Affairs Meeting & Event Planning Services
Nominees: Accomplished Learning Centres; Airco Heating and Cooling Ltd.; All of Oils, Wholesome Oils & Vinegars; Artizan Hair Studio; Cool Heat Truck Parts; The UPS Store Walnut Grove; and Walnut Grove Computers.
“We are a small team but a mighty team of three,” explained Sherryl Parsons explained.
Parsons, along with her husband Chris, and a friend form the three-person staff for Rare Affairs Meeting & Event Planning Services.
She has worked for the business since 1999 and took over ownership in 2009.
With a passion for locally sourced suppliers, foods and wines, they view their long history of community involvement as a cornerstone to the business they have built. Rare Affairs plans and manages events from large annual galas and award shows, to multi-day conferences, leadership summits, trade shows and board retreats for various professional associations, corporations, not-for-profits and government organizations.