FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Small Business BC (SBBC) is looking for nominations for the annual Small Business BC Awards, and winners could get their share of $15,000 in prize money.

Every year, the Small Business BC Awards are held to recognize and celebrate the small businesses that make a big difference in British Columbia. Residents are encouraged to nominate businesses that embrace entrepreneurship and go to great lengths to invest in their communities.

Business owners have handled the incredible challenges of the last two years with determination, resiliency and kindness,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

“The Small Business BC Awards are one way we can come together to show our local entrepreneurs how much we appreciate everything they are doing to keep people safe and healthy, while continuing to serve our communities. I encourage everyone to show some love and appreciation for their favourite local businesses by nominating them for a Small Business BC Award, and to continue supporting local in their communities.”

This year, the SBBC Awards will be adjusted to have two award categories: SBBC Business Impact Award and Premier’s People’s Choice Award.

The Business Impact Award will go to business owners who make a difference, embrace the challenge of entrepreneurship, show business savvy, and positively impact their community.

The People’s Choice Award will be given to a B.C. small business that shows it has the support of its community through gaining the most online votes.

The window to submit nominations is from January 20th to February 28th, 2022. Members of the public, as well as business owners, can nominate a business for either award.

Last year, Jaimie Davis, owner of Jada Creations in Terrace, won Best Solopreneur Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has started, and grown, a solo business.

“Taking part in the SBBC Awards has been incredible. It’s opened up a whole world of resources and support to me,” said Jaimie Davis. “It’s given me a whole new appreciation for my little community here in Terrace. It was one of my childhood friends that nominated me for the award, and it was my community that voted for me. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

To nominate a business, go to the Small Business BC website.

A virtual gala will be held on April 28th, 2022, to announce and honour the winners of the 19th edition of the Small Business BC Awards.

First place winners will get $8,000, second place will get $4,000, and third place will go home with $1,500. The winner of the Premier’s People’s Choice Award will also get $1,500.