Best Community Impact

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The Best Community Impact Award goes to the company that’s truly making a difference in their community. This business has taken positive action to invest in their community and sees social responsibility as an integral part of the business’ success.

  • Community Impact Strategies: Business operations demonstrate a positive impact in the community in which the business operates.
  • Diversity: The business models diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in business decision-making.
  • Leadership: The business is considered to be a leader in new ways of doing business while doing good.

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

Community Impact Strategies

Business operations demonstrate a positive impact in the community in which the business operates.

Diversity

The business models diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in business decision-making.

Leadership

The business is considered to be a leader in new ways of doing business while doing good.


Eligibility

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Best Community Impact Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months in BC. All nominees must have less than 50 employees.

Businesses can be non-profits, social enterprises, or for-profit organizations.


Items Our Judges Will Assess:

Our judges will consider the following when deciding the winner:

  • Descriptions of the specific activities the business engages in that have a positive impact on the community.
  • How the business has invested or reinvested in the community.
  • An idea of the social, environmental and financial outcomes of the business.
  • Examples of the company’s diversity and inclusion work.
  • Examples of how the business has had a positive impact on the local community.

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

Previous Winners

Are you ready to nominate?

This Year's Nominees

Check out some of the businesses that were already nominated


Regroove Solutions Inc.

Nominated for:
3 categories


The Refill Stop

Nominated for:
2 categories


UCMAS Richmond – Orient Education Services

Nominated for:
3 categories


Iron and Pearl Financial

Nominated for:
Best Community Impact


The Car Guy

Nominated for:
2 categories


The High-End Hippie

Nominated for:
3 categories


Port Moody Refillery

Nominated for:
Best Community Impact


LocalBoom

Nominated for:
3 categories


Deanna Deacon Coaching

Nominated for:
2 categories


Topsoil Innovative Urban Agriculture

Nominated for:
2 categories


Origen Air

Nominated for:
3 categories


Goodacre Market

Nominated for:
3 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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