Q: How do I get nominated for an award?
A: Either nominate yourself or nominate a business you love. First-party and third-party nomination are accepted and filling out the form only takes a few minutes!
Q: I won an award category last year, can I re-enter the same category this year?
A: Past Small Business BC Awards (formerly Successful You Awards) finalists (Top 10 or Top 5) and nominees may re-enter into the same or alternate categories the following year. Past Small Business BC Awards winners are prohibited from entering the category in which they won, but are eligible to enter alternate categories should they meet the eligibility criteria.
Q: How do I know if my business has been nominated by someone else?
A: If someone else has nominated your business for an award, first of all, congratulations! Small Business BC will in touch with you by email and phone to let you know about your nomination and to give you more details.
Q: If I nominate a business, is my name kept confidential?
A: If you think a business owner is amazing enough to be nominated for an award, then we believe they should know who was amazing enough to nominate them. When we get in touch with the business you nominated we will let them know who they can thank for putting their business up for an award.
Q: Once my business is nominated, how do I get people to vote for me?
A: Once your business is nominated you’ll be given a dedicated page on this site where you can send your supporters to vote for you. Brag about your business through social media, e-mail and on-site promotions. Let your customers, employees and colleagues know about your nomination through whatever ways you can think of. Shout it out from the rooftops!
Remember, deadline for votes is November 30th.
Q: Once I submit my nomination, can I go back and edit it?
A: No. Nominations are final once submitted and will be published on the site. If you made a mistake or typo in your nomination form and realize after submission, contact Small Business BC.
Q: Will the number of votes be published on the site or made available to nominees?
A: No. Vote tallies will not be made public on the Small Business BC website, or made available to nominees. Because a normalization calculation (see the next question) is applied to the votes to determine the Top 10 finalists, pure vote numbers are not indicative of performance in the competition.
Q: I live in a small town. How can I compete with businesses in bigger cities with bigger networks? Won’t they have an advantage?
A: We understand that all BC communities are different sizes and that different businesses have different sized networks. To level the playing field, votes will be normalized against British Columbia Regional District Population Figures. Please see contest rules and regulations for more information, or contact us for more information.
Q: My business is not located in BC, but we conduct business in BC. Can I still nominate myself?
A: No. You must be a registered BC based business to be nominated.
Q: What kind of prizes do the winners receive?
A: The winner will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash.
They will also be offered a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, business mentorship from the award sponsor and the opportunity for extensive media exposure.
Q: Can I vote for my favourite business more than once?
A: No. Only one vote per person is allowed, per nominee, per category: you can vote once for your favorite business in every category they’re nominated in.
Q: Can I vote for multiple businesses?
A: Yes. Vote for as many different businesses as you like!
Q: How will the winners be chosen?
A: To win the contest, you must be the top performer in the following three stages of the contest:
Voting: The Top 10 voted companies in each category will move on to the next stage. This is why it’s important to get your network involved right away!
Top 10: As a Top 10 finalist you’ll be given approximately one month to provide our expert panel of judges a more detailed application outlining why you deserve to win the award. These applications will be assessed to narrow down competition to the Top 5 finalists.
Top 5: You’ll be required to make a ten minute pitch to a panel of business experts, explaining why your business trumps the other finalists in your category. If you can convince the judges that your business really is the best, then you’ll be selected as the winner.
Q: When does the contest end?
A: The deadline for nominations and voting is November 30, 2016. Finalists will be announced December 12, 2016 and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 23, 2017.
Q: Do you have to be operating as a business to be nominated for the Best Concept Award?
A: No. Nominees for the Best Concept Award can either be new BC based businesses (in operation less than two years), or simply a business idea. Should you be selected as a finalist, you will be expected to provide an Executive Summary from your business plan.
Q: What happens if I make the Top 10?
A: If you are chosen as one of the TOP 10 for your category, you will be notified by December 12, 2016 and sent a link to the extended application page. You will then have until January 9, 2017 to fill out the application form and upload any relevant documents. Should you be selected into the Top 5 based on your application, you will be asked to present your pitch to a judging panel between February 6, 2017 to February 14, 2017. Winners will be announced on February 23, 2017 at the Small Business BC Awards ceremony at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.
Q: What’s in it for me? Why would I enter my business?
A: This isn’t your average awards competition! While the SBBC Awards are free to enter, the experience is priceless. All nominees receive valuable business education and support. And the further you get in the competition, the more your business benefits!
Nominations are a great way to expose your business to valuable new marketing and PR opportunities. If your business is shortlisted or wins a category, the potential for media coverage is huge. Past finalists have been featured on Global News, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and Forbes Magazine, to name just a few!
And if you win, you’ll be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash and receive an All Access Pass to Small Business BC seminars and “Ask the Expert” services for one year.
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