20 years… Where does the time go? When we launched our Business Plan contest in 2003, we had no idea of the adventure to come. From humble beginnings, to the Successful You Awards, and now the Small Business BC Awards, our competition has grown to become Western Canada’s largest Awards competition dedicated to small business.
During that time, over 6,000 small businesses from across our province have participated, representing every community and every industry. Their successes were fueled by you, with our community showing up in numbers each year to vote for their favourite businesses to win an award. We estimate that over 500,000 people have cast a vote in our Awards, taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work that goes into starting a small business.
As this is our 20th Anniversary Awards, we wanted to look back at years past. We’ve dug into our archives to catalogue as much of our history as we could locate. Check out our Awards roundups from through the years, you may recognize some of the businesses.
Once more, our Awards went virtual in 2022, celebrating the hard-working and resilient small businesses that make our province special.Learn More
2021 was an interesting year for our Awards – our first ever virtual ceremony. Discover how ‘Awards Week’ came to be.Learn More
In our final year at the Vancouver Convention Centre, our Awards continued to grow, setting records for nominations and attendees.Learn More
In our 16th year, we returned to Vancouver Convention Centre to once more crown the best of BC’s small businesses.Learn More
For our 15th Anniversary, we went BIG. Our Awards moved to the Vancouver Convention Centre, and we crowned 10 award winners.Learn More
On February 23, 2017 we announced the ten winners of the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards for the final time at the Pan Pacific Hotel.Learn More
In our 13th year, the Awards continued to go from strength to strength, with more nominations, votes and enthusiasm than ever before.Learn More
On February 26th, 2015, we crowned the winners of our 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards with an expanded lineup of awards.Learn More
The top small businesses in BC were crowned in February 2014 as the winners of the 11th Annual Small Business BC Awards were announced at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.Learn More
Our 2013 Awards saw two major milestones – our 10th anniversary, and the last ever Successful You Awards.Learn More
Headlined by a keynote speech from Canucks legend, Trevor Linden, our 9th Annual Successful You Awards took place at the Pan Pacific Vancouver on February 28th, 2012.Learn More
Our 8th Annual Successful You Awards took place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on March 29, 2011.Learn More
Learn the story behind some of our Award winners, and the impact winning an award had on their fortunes.