Nominations for the 2020 Small Business BC Awards are underway, meaning awards season has arrived for BC entrepreneurs. We’ve had nominations from around our beautiful province, with entrepreneurs availing of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to get exposure for their business and access one-on-one expert business advice.
Nominations close November 30, but there’s still time to nominate your business or a business you admire.
For a small business, award contests can provide a shot of credibility to partners, clients and investors. They can also provide a massive internal motivator, making staff proud to work at a recognized high achiever of a business. For many, that motivation can be worth more than any cash reward.
With that being said, we get it. Creating your awards application can seem like a daunting process, especially with a million other small tasks to attend to. Think of the time you spend nominating your business for the Small Business BC Awards as an investment rather than a cost. Even if you don’t take home first place, being a part of the whole experience can be incredibly rewarding in several different ways.
Celebrating Your Achievements
Entrepreneurs can often be guilty of not seeing the big picture. They pour their heart and soul into their business but never take a step back to appreciate what they’ve achieved. Putting together a nomination for the Small Business BC Awards forces the nominee to look big picture, taking stock of how the business has got to this point, while plotting a course toward what the future holds. Not only is this action satisfying, it can also be a powerful motivator to make that future vision a reality.
Harness Powerful Marketing Opportunities
Getting a business into the media can be a tricky task. Previous nominees have received wide-ranging media mentions, popping up in The Vancouver Sun, BC Business, Prince George Citizen, and Whistler Pique News. Interested in sharing your story? We love to feature awards participants as success stories here on the Small Business BC website.
Savvy business owners look for every edge they can find to promote their business. Imagine being able to approach clients and prospective partners with the credibility you’d receive as a Small Business BC Award winner.
Tyson Still, Co-Founder of Winecrush, describes the effect of winning a Small Business BC Award on his company:
“Having the SBBC ‘Best Concept’ banner on all our marketing was huge for Winecrush,” he said.
“It really gets the conversation going deeper with clients and customers, and people took us much more seriously after winning, especially as our concept had never been done before. The success we’ve had as a result is clear.”
Motivation for Staff
Winning an award is a team effort. For many staff, playing a role in an award-winning team will make them proud to come to work each day. When you win, displaying that award in your place of business will show customers what you’ve achieved while reminding staff of the role they played in getting there.
The Awards Ceremony
The Small Business BC Awards climax in a gala event at Vancouver’s beautiful Convention Centre. With over 500 fellow entrepreneurs in attendance it offers an amazing opportunity to network and build connections that will help your business. Even if you don’t win, you’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to go one better next time out.