Announcing the 2020 Open for Business Award Winners

The Open For Business Awards recognize and celebrate communities that best demonstrate they are promoting and adopting business friendly initiatives within their region. The Awards provide an important platform for local government to learn and share Best Practices, and showcase winning initiatives that have contributed to the success of local businesses.

Since the fall, communities the length and breadth of British Columbia have been receiving nominations. And, this year, 60 communities have presented case studies on one of their initiatives to the awards judges for review. After an intense period of deliberation, the Small Business Roundtable has announced the winners.

Small Business BC and the Province of British Columbia are proud to reveal the 2020 Open for Business Award Winners:

This Year’s Open for Business Award Winners:

Small Communities Award


Lumby presents the perfect example of a small, rural municipality that is adapting amid changing economic conditions. Historically a resource-based town, Lumby has taken a pro-active approach to diversifying the local economy so it’s positioned to thrive in a new decade. Through increased consultation with business leaders, and the creation of Lumby Investment Corporation, this forward-facing town will continue to live up to its motto of “Simply the Best”

Medium Communities Award

Township of Spallumcheen

Spallumcheen’s collaborative approach to economic development has proven a massive hit with local business leaders. The Township hosts regular Industry Roundtable Meetings with entrepreneurs where both can discuss the challenges local industry faces, before devising mutually beneficial solutions. The recent installation of FibreOptic Internet service is a prime example of the benefits possible from this approach. Through open lines of communication and a can-do attitude, Spallumcheen has shown it is Open for Business.


Large Communities Award

District of Saanich

In 2015, the District of Saanich founded what would become the highly successful South Island Prosperity Partnership. This economic development organization combines local government, First Nations and over 20 major employers, all collaborating to bolster the region’s economic and social prosperity. With a number of exciting projects undertaken so far, the District of Saanich has shown it is Open for Business.