Open For Business Awards – Frequently Asked Questions

Is Your Community Committed to Supporting Small Business?

The Open for Business Awards are a great way to celebrate your achievements, build credibility and gain extensive media exposure for your community.

And this year’s celebration will be bigger and better. The Open for Business Awards will be joining the Small Business BC Awards, in our 17th year at the Vancouver Convention Centre in February, 2020 with over 600 industry executives, small business owners, government officials and media.

The Open for Business Awards celebrate communities that have created a business friendly culture, allowing small business to flourish. Launched in 2011, the awards are managed and delivered by the Small Business Roundtable Secretariat, encompassing three categories:

Below, we’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about the Awards:

Q: What’s In It For Me? Why Should Our Community Participate?

A: This is a great opportunity to tell the business community you are Open for Business!


  • All nominations will be widely promoted through the OFB Awards campaign that reaches a broad business network across British Columbia.


  • Showcase your leadership to your peers: finalists case studies may be profiled as a Best Practice on a BC Government web site.
  • Finalists case studies will be profiled on the Small Business BC website.

Award Winners:

  • Eligible to profile the Open for Business Award Winner logo in promotional materials
  • Press release announcing the OFB Awards recipients
  • Use of a professionally produced Open for Business video showcasing how your community has created a business friendly environment
  • Recognition at the Awards gala attended by over 600 industry executives, small business owners, government officials and media
  • Two VIP Awards Gala tickets, valued at $140 each

Q: Doesn’t It Take A Lot Of Time And Resources To Create A Winning Submission?

A:  Creating submission is an easy two-step process that isn’t too time consuming to create.

  • Step 1 (September 24 to November 30): nominate your community by simply telling us why your community should win.
  • Step 2 ( Case study submissions by January, 2021): tell us about an initiative delivered in the last three years that makes your community the best “Open for Business” community in your category. We are asking for a Case Study format, so you can be creative. To help get you started, we’ve suggested what you might include in your case study.

Q: How Do I Nominate My Community For An Award?

A: Communities can self-nominate, or a third party such as a local business or resident can also nominate the community. And, filling out the nomination form only takes a few minutes!

Q: I Won An Award Last Year, Can I Re-enter This Year?

A: Past Open for Business finalists and winners may re-enter this year. The initiative selected for your Case Study may not be the same initiative highlighted in your previous winning submission.

Q: How Will I Know If A Third Party Has Nominated My Community?

A: If a third party has nominated your community, congratulations! The Small Business Roundtable Secretariat will be in touch with you by email or phone to let you know about your nomination and to give you more details.

Q: Once I Submit My Nomination, Can I Go Back And Edit It?

A: No. Nominations are final once submitted and will be published on the Small Business BC site. If you made a mistake or typo in your nomination form and realize after submission, contact Small Business BC.

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