January 21, 2020 – Vancouver: The BC Small Business Roundtable, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and Small Business BC, is proud to announce the finalists for the Open for Business Awards. During the nomination period an unprecedented number of local governments and Indigenous communities were nominated from across B.C.


About the Open For Business Awards

The Open for Business Awards, launched in 2011, celebrate communities that have created a business-friendly environment, allowing small business to flourish. The awards encompass three categories based on the population of each community. Each of the finalists selected has showcased their commitment to supporting the growth and success of the small business sector and looking for innovative solutions to drive economic development within their communities.

The Open for Business Awards finalists are as follows:

Small Category (under 5,000 residents):

·       District of Ucluelet
·       Village of Harrison Hot Springs
·       Village of Lumby

Medium Category (5,000 – 25,000 residents):

·       City of Colwood
·       City of Dawson Creek
·       Township of Spallumcheen

 Large Category (25,000+ residents)

·       City of Campbell River
·       City of Coquitlam
·       District of Saanich

 In partnership with the BC Small Business Roundtable, Small Business BC will host the Open for Business Awards at the Small Business BC Awards Gala on February 21, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where the winners of each category will be announced.

More details about the Open for Business Awards can be found at The nominated communities can also be contacted for further information on their awards application and their business-friendly policies.  



“Congratulations to this year’s Open for Business Awards finalists. Your community’s entrepreneurship plays an integral role in building an innovative and resilient economy for the future,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “Thanks to the dedication of people throughout British Columbia, we can proudly say that small businesses continue to thrive, employing over one million people province wide.”

“We are thrilled with the engagement of B.C.’s small businesses and the communities that support them as we prepare to host the 17th Annual Small Business BC and Open for Business Awards next month. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of the finalists entering this last leg of the competition.”
– Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC.

Photos from the Open For Business Awards 2019:

Winners included:
- Gibsons (small community)
- Trail (medium community)
- Maple Ridge (large community)


About the Province of British Columbia:

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, Trade and Technology, 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.

 About the Small Business Roundtable

The permanent Small Business Roundtable was established in 2005 to engage in a dialogue with small business owners to identify the key issues and opportunities facing small businesses in British Columbia, and to develop recommendations for small business and government on strategies to enhance small business growth and success.

About Small Business BC

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there’s a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking “How do I…?” Small Business BC is the one to call.

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