Hey, entrepreneurs and their fans: There’s still time to nominate for the Small Business BC Awards

The 19th annual Small Business BC Awards will see two winners share $15,000 in prize money.

Credit: Small Business BC. Sisters Sage, Best Community Impact Winners, 2021

The 19th annual celebration of local businesses will see two winners share $15,000 in prize money

Do you run a great local business—or know someone who does? Don’t keep it to yourself. Enter the Small Business BC Awards today.

The 19th annual awards, sponsored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University, aim to highlight the outsize contributions of small business to our province.

This year’s edition features two prizes: the SBBC Business Impact Award, which celebrates a business owner or owners who make difference and the Premier’s People’s Choice Award, presented to the B.C.-based small business that gathers the most online votes.

Public voting will also decide the top 20 contenders for the Business Impact Award, whose five finalists are chosen by an internal panel of experts. After the top five pitch, a panel of judges and the votes for the People’s Choice Award are normalized to account for regional populations and the two winners will share $15,000 in prize money at a virtual gala on April 28.

The deadline to nominate a worthy company is February 28. So far, Small Business BC has received more than 400 nominations from business owners and members of the public.

“At the heart of every small business is an entrepreneur whose drive and determination pushes them, even as they face challenges and hurdles in their path,” Tom Conway, CEO of Small Business BC, said in a release. “The SBBC Awards is about celebrating that entrepreneurial spirit and supporting small businesses that inspire us all. I encourage all B.C. residents to nominate a business that has helped strengthen your community.” 

READ MORE: 5 questions with Tom Conway, CEO of Small Business BC

You can find the SBBC Awards nomination form here.