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British Columbia’s small business owners make our province the best place in the world to live, work and play. It’s only fair they get a little recognition, right?

The Small Business BC Awards are the largest awards of their type in the province. They exist as a celebration of entrepreneurial achievement, and to give nominees a platform for further success.

Nominating your business, or a business you love, is easy and there are plenty of amazing benefits. Nominated businesses can leverage the amazing marketing and PR opportunities the Awards present. And, if they win, they’ll receive a cash prize of $1,500 and an all-access pass to Small Business BC education and experts for one whole year.

Small Business BC Awards Categories

Our 10 award categories cover the entire spectrum of the business world. Whether you’ve been operating for years, or are still in the planning stages, there’s an awards category for you. The categories this year are as follows:

  • Premier’s People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia
  • Best Apprentice Training
  • Best Community Impact – Sponsored by Vancity
  • Best Company
  • Best Concept
  • Best Employer – Sponsored by Trushield
  • Best Immigrant Entrepreneur – Sponsored by Small Business BC
  • Best Innovation
  • Best International Trade
  • Best Marketer

Open for Business Awards

For the second year in a row, we will be joined by the Open for Business Awards. The Open for Business Awards recognize and celebrate communities that have cultivated a business-friendly culture that allows small business to flourish. These Awards provide an important platform for local government to learn and share Best Practices, while showcasing winning initiatives that have contributed to the success of local businesses. Managed and delivered by the Small Business Roundtable Secretariat, the Open for Business Awards encompass three categories:

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