Open For Business Awards – How it Works

The Open For Business Awards recognize and celebrate communities that best demonstrate they are promoting and adopting business friendly initiatives within their region. The 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.

For the 2019 Open For Business Awards, we invite and encourage communities of all sizes to tell your story, about how you are creating a Business Friendly environment within your community.

Nominations Open From October 1 to November 30

We are opening nominations to both the public and the community, and asking simply, why should your community win this award?

Extended Applications – December 8 to January 5

The next stage is to let our judges know what makes your community the best. Select one initiative that has been implemented in your community within the last three years that has had a meaningful impact on attracting, retaining and helping local businesses to success in your community.

Prepare a case study to tell a story about your initiative to the Roundtable and your peers.

Here is a guideline of what to include in your Case Study:

  • Background­ – what lead up to the initiative, why was it needed?
  • What does it target?
  • What are the objectives, goals and targets?
  • How was it developed and implemented?
  • Who was involved?
  • What are the outcomes?
  • What did it cost?
  • What is the feedback from your community?
  • What lessons were learned?
  • Pictures to demonstrate your story.