Best company / Foxy Box
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A wax and hair removal business in Victoria has been recognized by the Small Business BC Awards as one of the best companies in the province.

The Foxy Box Wax Bar is an all-women owned and operated hair removal service on Vancouver Island. The business started as a home salon and has grown into brick-and-mortar shops in three cities — Victoria, Courtenay, and Nanaimo. 

They were announced as one of five finalists for an award in the category of “Best Company,” one of eight categories offered by Small Business BC

Foxy Box is one of two Vancouver Island-based business to be considered out of all 40 finalists. Also considered is Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum Good House of Design, which is a finalist in the “Best Marketer” category.

Kyla Dufresne, the founder and CEO of Foxy Box, said she is incredibly excited and honoured to be a finalist.

“We really work hard to be a really great company and it’s really rewarding to be recognized for that,” Dufresne said in a phone call with Victoria Buzz. 

$1,500 up for grabs

Small Business BC Award winners receive the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash. They also receive a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business BC education and experts, and the honour of being named a top B.C. small business.

“We are thrilled with the engagement of B.C.’s small businesses and the communities that support them,” said Tom Conway, CEO of Small Business BC on the company’s website. “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of the finalists entering this last leg of the competition.”

The winners in each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Gala, taking place in Vancouver on February 21st, 2020.

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Dufresne told Victoria Buzz that the potential moniker of “Best Company” is all due to the Foxy Box’s culture. 

“I think that we’re an awesome place to work. All the ladies love to come into work, and it really shows in their work and the client experience as well,” Dufresne said. “As an employer we really treat our staff well and make it more a fun, family place to come to work.”

The Foxy Box’s brand also involves extensive engagement with the community. 

“We’ve built a culture that resonates with clients. We’re not just a hair removal place. We do a lot to give back to communities,” Dufresne said. 

The company will also soon be running Foxy Fest 2.0, their second annual all-female performer charity fundraiser. Money raised goes to local women-oriented organizations. 

The fundraiser will take place on Women’s Day 2020 — Saturday, March 8th — in Victoria, Courtenay, and Nanaimo.