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The Francophone Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver announces

the 2016 winners of the Palme Bleue Small Business Awards

Vancouver, October 13, 2016 – For the fourth year, the Vancouver Francophone Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Palme Bleue Small Business Awards on October 13, 2016, at the University Golf Club in Vancouver. The event was sold out 2 weeks before the Gala with more than 140 entrepreneurs and business people from the GVA. Hosted during the Small Business Month, this event is a competition that recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence and the achievements of the French speaking SME’s in two categories: Business of the Year (3 employees +) and Micro-Enterprise of the Year. This contest is also the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the important contributions of the French speaking business community to local communities and the Province of B.C. This morning, our winners were already on air with CBC-Radio-Canada to share their experience with the audience.

The Chamber of Commerce Francophone de Vancouver is pleased to announce the two winning companies of the Palme Bleue Small Business Awards 2016, proud members of our Chamber:

~ Palme Bleue Business of the Year 2016 ~

Diane and Derek Oelmann – Ten Ten Tapas

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Ten Ten Tapas
is Vancouver’s premier tapas-style dining experience. Located on the English Bay Seawall, featuring waterfront views of False Creek and the best in West Coast Tapas made-from-scratch daily. This is a family restaurant founded by Derek & Diane Oelmann. After a career in the tech industry for Derek and the management of a premium condo company for Diane, the mother & son team embarks on a new adventure and opens their tapas restaurant on the seawall. Originally from Montreal, they created this restaurant being inspired by its famous jazz clubs, where good food, wine and live music are shared with friends. They offer a personalized service with great passion to celebrate birthdays, enjoy an evening with friends or office colleagues to make it a unique and unforgettable experience. And to even make the experience more enjoyable, they offer a very diverse artistic schedule: comedy nights, musical evenings with well-known musicians of Jazz, Blues and Rock, Winemakers dinners and “Paint Night” events. For more information:


~ Palme Bleue Micro-Entreprise of the year 2016 ~

Anthony Taylor – SME Strategy

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SME Strategy founded by Anthony Taylor. Started in 2011, SME Strategy is a management consulting company that specializes in helping management teams with their strategic development and strategic planning. SME Strategy has worked with organizations across Canada, and in the USA and Europe to help facilitate and implement strategies. They also offer training and resources for managers all over the world to help them develop their strategic plans. For more information:

~ Member’s of the year Recognition Award 2016 ~

Didier Hovasse, RBC Insurance

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The board of the Francophone Chamber of Commerce has rewarded one of their members, Mr Didier Hovasse, an independent RBC insurance agent, to highlight and thank him for its unconditional suport and comittment towards the Chamber. For more information, please click here.

The Francophone Chamber of Commerce of Vancouver thanks all its partners for their support and encouragement to the Francophone entrepreneurship in the Greater Vancouver area. Support that enables us every year to highlight the success and the economic contribution of our Francophone SMEs and business owners to the province of B.C.

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About the Chambre de Commerce Francophone de Vancouver

The Vancouver Francophone Chamber of Commerce is a fast-growing, not-for-profit organization, with over a hundred active members. Its mandate is to support and regroup the french speaking business community from the greater Vancouver area, in order to facilitate the growth and economic impact of its members. We count among our members the French Consulate in Vancouver, the Vancouver Board of Trade, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce and francophone and francophile SME owners.

For the past 30 years, the Chamber has been helping and supporting the Vancouver entrepreneurs and business owners, by organizing business networking events, conferences and trainings to meet small businesses’ specific needs. Every year, our events attract more than 500 entrepreneurs and business owners from our region.

Outlook of the Vancouver Francophone Chamber of Commerce community:

  • the Province of British Columbia counts 70,000 francophones and about 230,000 francophiles, a total of 300,000 french speaking people, and 35,000 children enrolled in French immersion programs (Census 2006).
  • there are more than 6,000 businesses owned or run by french speaking people in B.C.,
  • the online community of the Chamber represents more than 2,200 contacts and can reach up to 6,000 french speaking people thanks to its partners and allies such as the Swiss Canada Chamber of Commerce, the BC Francophone Federation, the Economic Development Society, the French Consulate in Vancouver….

Contact : Severine Arnaud – Marketing and Communication Director