Celebrating Pride 2023 – A Message from SBBC CEO, Tom Conway

My name is Tom Conway; my pronouns are he/they and I am the queer CEO of Small Business BC, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to elevating EVERY Business in British Columbia. As we embrace PRIDE’s vibrant and inclusive spirit, SBBC celebrates and honors the incredible diversity and resilience that defines our province’s small business community. We proudly stand committed to fostering a culture of acceptance, equality, and support for all.

PRIDE is not merely a rainbow-colored tchotchke or a month-long celebration; it is a powerful symbol of our progress and an important reminder of the work yet to be done. It is a testament to the strength and courage of individuals who, despite adversity, continue to champion the values of love, equality, and authenticity.

In British Columbia, we are fortunate to have a rich tapestry of small businesses that reflect the diversity of our communities. Your commitment to inclusion and acceptance makes our province an even better place to live, work, and play. As we acknowledge the immense contributions of LGBTQ2S+ entrepreneurs and employees, let us also remember the importance of creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and celebrated.

To our LGBTQ2S+ small business owners and employees, we applaud your bravery, resilience, and authenticity. You are the pioneers who have shattered barriers, opened minds, and paved the way for a more inclusive business landscape. Your stories inspire us, your presence enriches us, and your success deserves celebration!

SBBC will always foster an atmosphere of respect and acceptance for BC Businesses and will continue to amplify the voices of marginalized people and work hand-in-hand to create meaningful change. By embracing diversity in all its forms, we enhance our businesses and uplift our society as a whole.

During this PRIDE month and throughout the year, we encourage you to showcase your support by proudly displaying the rainbow flag, organizing events that foster inclusivity, and promoting LGBTQ2S+ artisans, entrepreneurs, and causes. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our LGBTQ2S+ community and reaffirm our commitment to a future where diversity is celebrated daily!

To all small businesses in British Columbia, we thank you for your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to equality. You are the lifeblood of our communities, and we are honored to stand with you as we champion PRIDE and create a more inclusive and prosperous future for everyone.