BRITISH COLUMBIA, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Small business owners have the
opportunity to be recognized as top entrepreneurs in British Columbia
for their contributions to their local communities and to the global
economy as part of the Small Business BC Awards.
The Small Business BC Awards, previously known as the Successful You
Awards, celebrate the top small businesses across British Columbia.
With nine diverse award categories, there's one to suit every
entrepreneur - whether they've been in operation for 15 years or
they're still creating a business plan.
The public is invited to nominate a local small business, defined as
less than 50 employees, for a Small Business BC Award. Entrepreneurs
can also nominate themselves. The contest is open for nominations from
October 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013.
"Every year we strive to increase the impact of the SBBC Awards so we
can better support and celebrate the successes of BC small business
owners. This year, we're pleased to have added three new award
categories and significantly increased the prizing with the support of
our sponsors," says Small Business BC CEO, George Hunter. "Every
entrepreneur should consider nominating their business for an award
because everyone who participates in this contest will benefit from
exclusive access to business education, tools and resources to help
them succeed, and of course, have the chance to be celebrated."
New this year is the Premier's People's Choice Award which recognizes the business that receives the most support from their
community. The winner of this award will receive formal recognition
from the Premier of British Columbia.
All awards winners will receive a Premier's Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education and experts,
as well as business mentorship opportunities.
"IBC is thrilled to see the Small Business BC Awards grow again this
year. Small businesses are one of the key drivers of the economy and
job creation. An expanded awards program recognizes the importance of
celebrating this vital role," says Bill Adams, IBC Vice-President,
Western and Pacific. IBC is proud to return as title sponsor of the
Small Business BC Awards for the fifth consecutive year.
Nominations open on October 1, 2013. Business owners can compete in the
following award categories:
sponsored by TELUS
Best Community Impact
sponsored by Vancity
sponsored by MNP
Best Green Business
sponsored by Small Business BC
sponsored by WorkSafeBC
Best International Trade Business
sponsored by Livingston International
Best Online Marketer
sponsored by SageOne
sponsored by WellnessFits
All 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 November 30, 2013.
The top 10 highest voted nominees in each category will be announced as
finalists on December 13, 2013, then go on to submit an application which judges will use to
decide the top five finalists from each category, announced on January
31, 2013. The top five finalists will present a ten-minute pitch to
judges to prove themselves to be one of the best in BC.
The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC
Awards Ceremony in February 2013, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.
More details on the Small Business BC Awards can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca
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.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent approximately 90% of the private property
and casualty insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry
employs 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the
federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium
base of $46 billion.
SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
For further information:
Communications Manager, Small Business BC