The City of Delta strives constantly to create an open for business environment, particularly for small businesses. After winning the Open for Business Award in 2016, Delta has undertaken new initiatives that support the local business communities throughout the city and continue to work directly with small business representatives to ensure their needs are addressed. In 2019, Council cemented already strong relationships with local businesses by investing $45,000 annually over the next four years for lighting efforts and other community initiatives. This investment provides the Ladner Business Association, and the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association with a guaranteed source of funding for some of the many excellent community enhancement programs initiated by these groups. The funding also provides the nascent North Delta business association with seed money to build an effective organization and enhance the community feel to support local businesses.