Small Business BC would like to thank our sponsors for their outstanding support which allows us to showcase the entrepreneurial excellence in British Columbia, setting an example for others to follow.

Title Sponsor

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties. P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

Award Sponsors

Premier’s People’s Choice

Government of B.C.

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.

Best Apprentice Training


As Canada’s only polytechnic university, KPU offers a wide range of academic and vocational programs, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of local, regional and global employment markets. KPU’s trades programs and courses are offered at the KPU Tech campus in Cloverdale. Training programs focus on experiential learning and skill-based education, with an emphasis on outreach and providing community service. KPU Tech is home to some of the best-equipped trades facilities in Canada. Our training programs are highly respected by students and industry alike.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades. ITA is also a key collaborator in the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, which sets out a plan for re-engineering our education and training system to support our growing and changing economy, and to help British Columbians take full advantage of the opportunities presented by these changes.

Best Community Impact


Vancity is proud to be a member-owned financial co-operative, and is committed to helping people and communities thrive and prosper. Our members have always known their business with Vancity makes them part of something greater. They can be proud that their every transaction contributes to the financial, environmental and social well-being of their community.

Best Company

Sage is a leading provider of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses. Sage has been trusted by Canadian small businesses to achieve growth and efficiency for more than 25 years. Sage is the #1 choice of small businesses and accountants across Canada.

Best Concept

Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. Our stock is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.

Best Employer

As a proud supporter of Small Business BC, we understand small businesses and startups. Whether you’re a consultant, contractor, or retail business owner, your insurance needs are as unique as you are. We offer simple and affordable small business insurance solutions designed to protect everything you worked so hard to build. You get insurance that’s easy to understand, around the clock claims support, and extra services at no added cost. Our Small Business Insurance Advisors can help you understand your insurance needs and tailor a solution that’s the right fit for your business.

Call 1.844.429.9485 or visit us at TruShield.ca/SBBC.

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur

Small Business BC

Small Business BC is British Columbia’s premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services. Our core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch. Through our ongoing operations and public and private sector partnerships, we’re able to offer additional products and services to the small business community.

Small Business BC’s innovative approach and programs have been recognized by several national and international awards, solidifying our reputation as an exceptional business resource. For more information visit www.smallbusinessbc.ca.

Best Innovation

The BC Innovation Council, a Crown Agency of the Province of B.C., accelerates the growth and success of B.C. companies by providing resources and market opportunities for applied innovations that solve challenges and drive competitiveness in B.C. industries. Through the #BCTECH Strategy and annual #BCTECH Summit, BCIC is fostering the growth of competitive companies that generate revenue, produce high-paying skilled jobs and drive economic development in B.C. BCIC is the host of the #BCTECH Summit—happening March 14th and 15th, 2017—a conference that brings together global and local technology leaders to share ideas and insights, spark innovation and drive business growth. Find out more here: http://bctechsummit.ca

Best International Trade

UPS® is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. With a global network in more than 220 countries and territories, our experts are ready to help. Get started here.

Join the UPS Small Business Program today to save 20% on shipping and grow your business with 1-on-1 assistance from our Small Business ambassadors plus much more. Follow us on Twitter @UPS_SmallBizCA.

Best Marketer


Yellow Page's mission is simple, to help small businesses succeed by sharing with them digital marketing strategies that will allow them to further their businesses and contribute to the prosperity of Canada’s local economies. Yellow Pages help make digital marketing simpler and smarter. Getting started is easy, sign-up for a free listing now at https://businesscentre.yp.ca/free-business-listing or call them at 1-877-553-6883.

Community Sponsors

  • BC Business
  • Business in Vancouver
  • Black Press Media
  • Loren, Nancke & Co.

Media Sponsors

Additional community and media sponsorship opportunities for the 2016/2017 Small Business BC Awards are still available! Please contact us for more information.