Small Business BC would like to thank our amazing 2019 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

Canada Post is Canada's primary postal operator, providing service to more than 16 million addresses and delivering nearly 8.4 billion items in 2016. They are committed to providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions that create value for customers, small business and Canadians.

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

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, supports apprenticeships, fund programs, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades.

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

For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. We aim to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development.

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

Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale.

Community Sponsors

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Media Sponsors

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