Changes to the SBBC Awards for 2021

January 13th, 2021 in News & Announcements

New year, new awards…

Nominations for the 2021 Small Business BC Awards are now open! Like everything else in these turbulent times of ours, the 2021 SBBC Awards will look a little different to what you’re used to. For starters, we’re going virtual this year!

Rather than our usual splashy gala event at Vancouver Convention Centre, our Awards will now take place virtually over three days, May 4th to 6th. Over the course of our three presentations, we hope to deliver a completely unique celebration of the hard-working entrepreneurs that help make our province so special. We’ll be sharing details of how you can tune in and what to expect in the coming weeks.

Introducing Our Best Solopreneur Award

Elsewhere, there’s been some changes to the award categories themselves. Say hello to our new category – Best Solopreneur Award. This category salutes those adaptable and hard-working business owners who work alone and run their business single-handedly. You’ll find them equally adept at managing marketing campaigns and balancing spreadsheets, all while keeping an eye on the big picture.

Here’s our lineup of categories for 2021:

  • Best Community Impact
  • Best Immigrant Entrepreneur
  • Best Innovation
  • Best Solopreneur
  • Best Youth Entrepreneur
  • Premier’s People’s Choice Award

Goodbye Top 10s, Hello Top 5s

As our awards program is a little more condensed than usual, we’re foregoing our Top 10 announcements in 2021. Instead, we’ll be taking the Top 20 vote getters and taking our judges to whittle them down to our five finalists. As a result, we’ll be asking for a little more information up front with each nomination. The information nominees enter will be used by our judge’s in their decision-making process. If you’re completing a nomination, ensure you include any information you think our judges will find helpful.

Rules Changes for 2021

For simplicity’s sake, most of our rules are carrying over from last year. Our headline rule remains that our contest is open to all new and existing businesses in BC with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses can be nominated in as many categories as they are eligible for. We encourage all nominees to also nominate themselves for our Premier’s People’s Choice Award as the winner is the business that receives the most votes following our normalization process.

Here are the changes to be aware of for 2021:

  • All nominations must be submitted online by 11:59pm on March 7th, 2021
  • Voting will run from January 18th until 11:59pm on March 7th, 2021
  • Top 5 Finalists will be requested to present a 10-minute pitch remotely to our judging panel via Zoom or Skype
  • Pitches will occur from April 6th to 8th, 2021
  • Winners will be selected on the day of the pitch but not announced publicly until May 4th to 6th, 2021

Awards Timeline 2021

  • 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