For the last 16 years, the Small Business BC Awards have recognized the contributions and achievements of BC small business owners. In our province, small business is big business. In fact, 98% of all businesses operating in British Columbia are classified as small businesses.
These entrepreneurs form the backbone of our economy, employing more than one million people while also delivering essential services in our communities. Our Awards, sponsored by Canada Post, recognize the hard work of these individuals that make our province such an amazing place to live, work and play through their efforts.
Nominating your business, or a business you love, is easy and there are plenty of amazing benefits. Nominated businesses can leverage the amazing marketing and PR opportunities the Awards present. And, if they win, they’ll receive a cash prize of $1,500 and an all-access pass to Small Business BC education and experts for one whole year.
Small Business BC Awards Categories
Our 10 award categories cover the entire spectrum of the business world. Whether you’ve been operating for years, or are still in the planning stages, there’s an awards category for you. The categories this year are as follows:
- Premier’s People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia
- Best Apprentice Training
- Best Community Impact – Sponsored by Vancity
- Best Company
- Best Concept
- Best Employer – Sponsored by Trushield
- Best Immigrant Entrepreneur – Sponsored by Small Business BC
- Best Innovation
- Best International Trade
- Best Marketer
Open for Business Awards
For the second year in a row, we will be joined by the Open for Business Awards. The Open for Business Awards recognize and celebrate communities that have cultivated a business-friendly culture that allows small business to flourish. These Awards provide an important platform for local government to learn and share Best Practices, while showcasing winning initiatives that have contributed to the success of local businesses. Managed and delivered by the Small Business Roundtable Secretariat, the Open for Business Awards encompass three categories:
- Small Communities (<5,000 residents)
- Medium Communities (5,000 to 25,000 residents)tw
- Large Communities (>25,000 residents)
We are delighted to announce nominations for the 2019 Small Business BC Awards and the Open for Business Awards are now open. Whether you want to nominate your own business, or a business you admire, visit the Small Business BC Awards website and Nominate Today!