Press Release

Nominations and Voting Open for the 15th Annual Small Business BC Awards

October 5, 2017 – British Columbia: Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, announces the official opening of the Small Business BC Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of BC’s entrepreneurs.

The public is invited to nominate their favourite small businesses, or their own, in the following 10 categories:

Premier’s People’s Choice
Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia
Best Apprentice Training
Sponsored by Industry Training Authority
Best Community Impact
Sponsored by Vancity
Best Company
Sponsored by Sage
Best Concept
Sponsored by Rogers
Best Employer
Sponsored by TruShield
Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Best Innovation
Best International Trade
Sponsored by UPS
Best Marketer

Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means possible.

Each award winner will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business BC education, and access to the amazing marketing and PR opportunities that the Awards present.

This year for the first time, Small Business BC, the Province of British Columbia and the Small Business Roundtable are also encouraging the public to nominate their community for the Open for Business Awards. The Open for Business Awards recognize the communities that best demonstrate they are promoting and adopting business friendly initiatives in their region.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Province in promoting these two awards contests,” says George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC. “Our mission has always been to celebrate the contribution that small businesses make to their communities, and a lot of that success has been due to the support that they received from their community.”

“The hardworking entrepreneurs who create and operate small businesses are so critical to our communities and economy,” said Canada Post. “Canada Post is proud to partner with them, knowing that their success makes our company and our country stronger.”

Both Awards contests will be open for nominations on the site from October 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017.

“Small businesses continue to drive B.C.’s strong, sustainable economy and create good jobs for British Columbians across the province,” says Premier John Horgan, “It’s important to recognize leaders and innovators in small business for their contributions to our province, and I am delighted to support this year’s awards and the work of Small Business BC.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on February 23, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

More details on what happens after the nominations, for both the Small Business BC Awards and Open For Business Awards can be found at


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

About Small Business BC
Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there’s a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking “How do I…?” Small Business BC is the one to call.

About Canada Post
Canada Post is Canada’s primary postal operator, providing service to more than 16 million addresses and delivering nearly 8.4 billion items in 2016. They are committed to providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions that create value for customers, small business and Canadians.

About the Province of British Columbia

The B.C. government recognizes that small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and the backbone of our economy. Small business plays a vital role in developing both the economic and social fabric of our province. The Small Business Branch, through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, is committed to supporting and developing small businesses throughout the province in every stage of the business lifecycle. It’s part of our goal to make B.C. the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada.

About the Small Business Roundtable

The permanent Small Business Roundtable was established in 2005 to engage in a dialogue with small business owners to identify the key issues and opportunities facing small businesses in British Columbia, and to develop recommendations for small business and government on strategies to enhance small business growth and success.