LOWER MAINLAND: To honour the many entrepreneurs making a difference in their communities, Small Business BC (SBBC) is inviting nominations for the annual Small Business BC Awards, presenting top business titles and $15,000 in prize money.
The Small Business BC Awards are held annually as an opportunity to bring attention to the many small businesses making a big difference in our province. As a show of support, British Columbians are encouraged to put forward local businesses that have not only embraced the challenge of entrepreneurship, but have also gone above and beyond to invest in their communities.
The Small Business BC Awards, sponsored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University, have been adjusted this year to feature two award categories, focusing on honouring truly impactful businesses and allowing winners to receive larger cash prizes and more business support.
Award nominations are open from January 20 to February 28, 2022 and can be submitted at sbbc.co/nominate. Businesses can be nominated by both members of the public and by the business owners themselves, showcasing their hard work and dedication through this competition.
“The Awards have changed my life. We have clients come in now who found out about the business from all the coverage we received – and that all comes back to Small Business BC and the awards,” says Sadaf Rahimi, owner of Charcuterie Vancouver and winner of the SBBC Awards. “If you want more sales, and more brand awareness for your business, taking part in the SBBC Awards is the way to get it. It’s been life changing for sure.”
Charcuterie Vancouver brings people together by elevating special events and occasions with the most unique custom-made charcuterie boards, tables and boxes. Winner of the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, Rahimi is recognized as an outstanding new Canadian who overcame adversity, and exhibits leadership both in her community and within her business.
SBBC Business Impact Award
This SBBC Business Impact Award, sponsored by Coast Capital Savings, goes to business owner(s) who are truly making a difference. These hard-working individuals embrace the challenge of entrepreneurship, display their business savvy, and take positive action to invest in their community. They are navigating the rapidly changing business landscape, especially throughout the pandemic, and leveraging the challenge to improve their business while also finding new ways to serve their community.
Premier’s People’s Choice Award
It takes a community to grow a small business. It also takes a community to win the Premier’s People’s Choice Award. This unique award category, sponsored by the Province of British Columbia, is presented to a BC-based small business that can demonstrate the unwavering and loyal support of their community by gaining the most online votes.
Award nominations are open from January 20, 2022 to February 28, 2022. Nominations can be submitted at sbbc.co/nominate. Once a small business is nominated, they must gain as many public votes as possible for their business, leveraging all creative channels. Voting is collected on the SBBC website until February 28, 2022.
Virtual Awards Gala
On April 28, 2022, a virtual gala will be hosted by Small Business BC to announce and honour the winners of the 19th Annual Small Business BC Awards.
The SBBC Business Impact Award category prizes include:
1st place: $8,000
2nd place: $4,000
3rd place: $1,500
The winner of the Premier’s People’s Choice Award will receive $1,500.
All winners and top five finalists will receive an extended business education and advisory package from Small Business BC to support their continued business growth.
Access our SBBC Awards community kit with digital assets for web and social at smallbusinessbc.ca/awards/get-involved/.