The Open for Business Awards are a great way to celebrate your achievements, build credibility and gain extensive media exposure for your community.

The Open for Business Awards celebrate communities that have created a business friendly culture, allowing small business to flourish. Launched in 2011, the awards are managed and delivered by the Small Business Roundtable Secretariat, encompassing three categories:

Below, we’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about the Awards:

Q: What’s In It For Me? Why Should Our Community Participate?

A: This is a great opportunity to tell the business community you are Open for Business!


  • All nominations will be widely promoted through the OFB Awards campaign that reaches a broad business network across British Columbia.


  • Showcase your leadership to your peers: finalists case studies may be profiled as a Best Practice on a BC Government web site.
  • Finalists case studies will be profiled on the Small Business BC website.

Award Winners:

  • Eligible to profile the Open for Business Award Winner logo in promotional materials
  • Press release announcing the OFB Awards recipients
  • Use of a professionally produced Open for Business video showcasing how your community has created a business friendly environment
  • Recognition at the Awards gala attended by over 600 industry executives, small business owners, government officials and media
  • Two VIP Awards Gala tickets, valued at $140 each

A:  Creating submission is an easy two-step process that isn’t too time consuming to create.

  • Step 1 : nominate your community by simply telling us why your community should win.
  • Step 2 : tell us about an initiative delivered in the last three years that makes your community the best “Open for Business” community in your category. We are asking for a Case Study format, so you can be creative. To help get you started, we’ve suggested what you might include in your case study.

A: Communities can self-nominate, or a third party such as a local business or resident can also nominate the community. And, filling out the nomination form only takes a few minutes!

A: Past Open for Business finalists and winners may re-enter this year. The initiative selected for your Case Study may not be the same initiative highlighted in your previous winning submission.

A: If a third party has nominated your community, congratulations! The Small Business Roundtable Secretariat will be in touch with you by email or phone to let you know about your nomination and to give you more details.

A: No. Nominations are final once submitted and will be published on the Small Business BC site. If you made a mistake or typo in your nomination form and realize after submission, contact Small Business BC.

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