Small Business Awards nominees sought

Nominees sought for annual Small Business B.C. Awards.

Small business owners have the opportunity to be recognized as one of B.C.’s top entrepreneurs for their contribution to their local community and to the global economy as part of the Small Business B.C. Awards.

With 10 award categories, there is one suited for every small business, whether they’ve been operating for 10 years or are still creating a business plan.

The contest is open for nominations until Nov. 30. The public is invited to nominate their favourite small businesses, defined as less than 50 employees. Entrepreneurs may also nominate themselves. Business owners can compete in the following award categories: Best Company, Best Workplace, Best Concept, Best International Trade, Best Employer, Premier’s People’s Choice, Best Online Marketer, Best Community Impact, Best Immigrant Entrepreneur and Best Emerging Entrepreneur.

New this year is the Best Emerging Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes a young individual who contributes to the social, cultural and economic well-being of their communities. Also new is the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes an outstanding new Canadian who has started a successful business in B.C.

“Every year we strive to increase the impact of the SBBC Awards so we can better support and celebrate B.C. small business owners,” said George Hunter, CEO at Small Business B.C. “Our small business community is driven by hard working committed individuals from diverse backgrounds who understand both the value of community and the opportunity to live and work in our wonderful province. That’s why we felt it important to add the categories Best Emerging Entrepreneur Award and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award to the contest.”

Winners will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business B.C. education and resources, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

Said Bill Adams, IBC vice-president, Western and Pacific: “Small businesses are one of the key drivers of the economy and job creation – which is why we’re delighted to have been title sponsor of this event for the last six years.”

Nominated business owners will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible through social media, word of mouth, e-mail or any other means possible by Nov. 30.

The top-10 highest voted nominees in each category will be announced as finalists on Dec. 12. They will have the opportunity to submit an application to the judges, which they will use to determine the top-five finalists from each category, announced on Jan. 30.

The top five will present a 10-minute Dragons’ Den-style pitch to judges to prove themselves to be one of B.C.’s best.

The winners will be announced at the Small Business B.C. Awards Ceremony on Feb. 26, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.

For more details on the awards, visit www.sbbcawards.ca