For our 20th Anniversary, we’re offering four award categories, each with a prize of $10,000 for the winner. Businesses can enter a total of two categories – our Premier’s People’s Choice Award and one of three Business Pitch Categories.
Our Premier’s People’s Choice Award is decided exclusively by a public vote. In our other three categories, Top 5 Finalists are selected based on public vote and written responses judged by internal business experts. Finalists then proceed to pitch their business to a panel of BC business leaders who decide the winner of each award category. Learn more about our four categories below.
Our Business Impact Award goes to the business owner(s) making a difference in their community. Alongside an aptitude in areas like sales, marketing, logistics, finances and operations, their business has taken positive action to invest in the community and views social responsibility as an integral part of their success.
It takes a community to grow a small business. It also takes a community to win our Premier’s People’s Choice Award. This unique award category is presented to a BC-based small business that can demonstrate the unwavering and loyal support of their community. The criteria for winning is simple: Get more votes than any other nominee.
Across British Columbia, young entrepreneurs are creating new jobs and shaping our provincial economy with their energy and ingenuity. Our Best Youth Entrepreneur Award exists to reward this entrepreneurial spirit, saluting a business leader aged 35 and under who has demonstrated a track record of success, with a business that’s been in operation for at least 12 months.
As Canadians increasingly turn to online shopping, our E-commerce Experience Award goes to a small business who presents an enjoyable experience for their customers online. Whether it’s on mobile or desktop, this business converts visitors into purchasers through an easy-to-navigate store experience and clear, measurable digital marketing strategy.