Press Release

Celebrating The Communities Dedicated To Supporting And Promoting Small Business

October 19, 2017 – British Columbia: Small Business BC is pleased to announce its partnership with the BC Small Business Roundtable to deliver the Open for Business Awards.

The Open for Business Awards recognize and celebrate B.C. communities that best demonstrate their support for small business by promoting business friendly initiatives in their region.

“Across our province, small businesses are at the heart of B.C. communities,” said Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister for Jobs, Trade and Technology.  “The Open for Business Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate local communities and municipalities that support these businesses, providing good jobs for people, and keep our economy vibrant and growing.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Province in delivering the Open for Business Awards,” said George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “We have witnessed how local governments can help small businesses to grow and thrive by creating a business friendly community culture.  It’s great to celebrate their contributions.”

This year, for the first time, nominations are open to both the public and the community in the following categories:

Nominations are open from October 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017 through the Small Business BC Awards website, and ask simply: why should your community win this award.

When nominations close, nominated communities will be invited to present a case study on one of their initiatives to demonstrate to the judges what makes their community the best. These case studies will be used to determine Top 3 finalists of each category. Winners will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 23, 2018.

“I encourage other First Nations to submit their story,” says Bert Mercer, Economic Development Manager, Nisga’a Nation and 2016 winner. “Winning the award has given the Nisga’a Nation much free publicity on what we have as a Nation, especially the first modern Rural Treaty in BC, Canada and the World. We continue to grow and nurture in developing new business initiatives that benefit our Nation.”

The Open for Business Awards provide an important platform for local government to learn and share best practices, and showcase winning initiatives that have contributed to the success of local businesses.

“The Open for Business Awards is a terrific opportunity for local government to share a successful initiative that helps to support small business,” explains Kerri Moore, Manager, Strategic Relations & Business Development. “After receiving the award in 2016, we’ve had several municipalities reach out to learn more about our initiatives and how we have been making it easier to do business in the City of Victoria.”

More details on the Open for Business Awards can be found at


Media Contact:
Leah Baker
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Small Business BC
Direct: 604-775-5607