Best Solopreneur

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British Columbians possess an entrepreneurial flair that’s unmatched across Canada. Not only do we have the highest self-employment rate of any Canadian province, we also have the largest share of Solopreneurs in the country.

These hard-working individuals embrace the challenge of entrepreneurship, mastering skillsets as diverse as sales, marketing, logistics, finances and general admin. They are the unsung heroes of our provincial economy, and they deserve our appreciation and support. 

Our Best Solopreneur Award recognizes the outstanding individual that has started and grown a solo business. They have demonstrated the unique skillset required to stay focused on their long-term goals, while juggling the day-to-day demands of running a successful company. They will be assessed in three major qualities:

  • Resilience: This individual has demonstrated their ability to navigate challenging circumstances while juggling the day-to-day demands of running a business
  • Passion: Their long-term goal-setting and strategies highlight the passion they bring to their craft.
  • Vision: This individual has demonstrated a clear plan to ensure growth, success and overcome challenges that stand in their way.

Please Note: Our Best Solopreneur category is open to businesses where the owner is the only employee.

To win our Best Solopreneur Award, nominees will be assessed on three qualities:

Resilience

This individual has demonstrated their ability to navigate challenging circumstances while juggling the day-to-day demands of running a business

Passion

Their long-term goal-setting and strategies highlight the passion they bring to their craft.

Vision

This individual has demonstrated a clear plan to ensure growth, success and overcome challenges that stand in their way.


Eligibility

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Best Solopreneur Award, nominees must be the only employee of their business. Nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months in BC. We welcome nominations from sole proprietors, incorporated individuals, self-employed individuals and freelancers.

 


What Our Judges are Looking For:

  • The story of the business, how it started and the journey since then
  • How the individual juggles the demands of Solopreneurship
  • Track record up to this point
  • Plans for future expansion/growth
  • Challenges that have been overcome
  • How the individual has pivoted to ensure growth and success

We understand taking part in competitions like ours requires a time commitment. That’s why we want you to maximize the impact you receive from entering. Here are five tips to consider when submitting your nomination for a Small Business BC Award.

Establish Your Objectives

A great place to start is to decide upon your goals for entering the Small Business BC Awards. Maybe you want to help boost your staff recruitment, raise your profile within your industry, or improve your marketing? Our Awards program can be a powerful tool to achieve your goals. You just need to clearly define what those goals are before you begin.

Designate an ‘Awards Champion’

Throughout the years, we’ve seen businesses pass the task of administering their awards application from one staff member to the next. This results in inconsistent entries where no one person took ownership and drove the task forward. Instead, we recommend designating yourself, or a staff member, as an ‘Awards Champion’ with responsibility for handling the nomination from start to finish.

Match Your Content to the Criteria

Each of our award categories has detailed criteria you can refer to when submitting a nomination. Our judges will refer to the criteria when assessing which businesses will proceed to the next phase of the competition. It’s crucial to understand the criteria for your category and deliver an application that meets the criteria. These simple instructions provide the recipe for success. Don’t ignore them!

Speak to Previous Nominees

Each year, over 600 businesses are nominated in the Small Business BC Awards. Across the several month process, these businesses learn so much about the process, developing invaluable takeaways, experience and knowledge. Why not consider asking their advice? They’ll be able to share some of the benefits of taking part, how to prepare to present to our judges, and how to approach your community to gather votes.

Get Your Entry Proofread

Before you submit your nomination, task a friend or family member to read over it and provide their feedback. Try to find someone who will provide impartial feedback. They may notice an important element you’ve forgot to mention, or typos that have slipped under the radar. Your entry will sparkle if it’s error-free and provides a compelling case as to why you should win.


Winner

  • $1,500 cash prize from Province of BC
  • All access pass to SBBC Education and TTAE services for 1 year
  • Professional media shareables
  • 1 interview & article featured on the SBBC website
  • Social Media spotlight throughout the winning year

Top 5 Finalists:

  • All access pass to SBBC Education and TTAE services for 1 year
  • Professional media shareables

Awards Timeline

  • January 18, 2021: Nominations and Voting open
  • March 7, 2021 (11:59pm): Nominations and Voting close
  • March 22, 2021: Top 5s announced
  • April 6-8, 2021: Judging Period (Top 5 pitches)
  • May 4-6, 2021: Small Business BC Awards presentations

Are you ready to nominate?

This Year's Nominees

Check out some of the businesses that were already nominated


Osoyoos Loop Media & Marketing Ltd.

Nominated for:
2 categories


Iheart Fat Fudge Foods Inc.

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


Naked Cactus Wax Bar

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


Flamingo Room

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


The High-End Hippie

Nominated for:
3 categories


LocalBoom

Nominated for:
3 categories


CX Graphics

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


Brittney’s B2B Beast 2 Beauty Bar

Nominated for:
3 categories


Hard Edge Sports

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


Re:Organized! Professional Organizing

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


Tammy Thielman BSW MSW RSW

Nominated for:
Best Solopreneur


Coeva Vintage

Nominated for:
2 categories

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Small businesses are invited to nominate themselves in one of our six categories:

Click on the banners to learn more about each category and their eligibility requirements.

"People reach out to us now because of the award, and having this recognition helps people build trust with us in a unique way."

Geoff Manton

Best Company
Award Winner, 2019

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