Small Business BC Awards, 2021 Nominations Open

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Nominations are now open for the 18th annual Small Business BC Awards. Once a simple business planning contest, the awards have evolved over the years to a large-scale provincial competition with a reputation for prestige and excellence among the BC small business community.

Small Business BC Awards Nomination

Small Business BC Awards

If you’re a business owner, you can nominate your own business. Or, if there’s a small business you love, show your appreciation and nominate on their behalf. Nominations and voting are open until 11:59pm on March 7, 2021.


Once nominated, businesses engage with their community to gather as many votes as possible before the deadline March 8th. The top 5 businesses in each category with the most votes and best applications will move on to the next stage of the contest, where they’ll pitch their business to a panel of business experts.

Nominees can increase their brand visibility, reach new customers and boost their reputation.

In a typical year, the event would culminate with a gala award ceremony where the success of the small business community is toasted. As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony will be held virtually in 2021 over several days.

Update: Finalists Announced

In all, a total of 937 nominations were received, representing 558 small businesses in 88 communities across BC. These businesses received over 51,150 votes. Here are the Top 5 Finalists in each category:

Best Community Impact Award – sponsored by IEC-BC

  • Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay
  • Sḵwálwen Botanicals, Squamish
  • Bubbles Blossom Design, Clinton
  • MisMacK Clean Cosmetics, Canoe
  • Sisters Sage, New Westminster

Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by BDC

  • Audielicious Restaurant, Fort St. John
  • Charcuterie Vancouver, Vancouver
  • Artemex Mexican Handcrafts, West Kelowna
  • Kleiner Services, Burnaby
  • Soul Bite Food Inc., Coquitlam

Best Innovation Award – sponsored by Western Economic Diversification Canada

  • CORE Landscape Products, Courtenay
  • MisMacK Clean Cosmetics, Canoe
  • Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery, Courtenay
  • Big Bold Brand Inc., North Vancouver
  • Matidor, Vancouver

Best Solopreneur Award – sponsored by Small Business BC

  • Jada Creations, Terrace
  • Jak. Natural Designs, Blue River
  • Aspect Film Works, Kamloops
  • Chiwis Kiwi Chips, Squamish
  • Emerald Earth Organic Spa, Valemount

Best Youth Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by KPU

  • Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay
  • Justo’s Craft Dips, Victoria
  • MisMacK Clean Cosmetics, Canoe
  • Sea to Sky Sourdough BReD Inc., Whistler
  • Purpose Smoothie Co., Richmond

Premier’s People’s Choice Award – sponsored by B.C. government

  • Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay
  • Raven Reads Books Ltd., Logan Lake
  • Sḵwálwen Botanicals, Squamish
  • Summit Tiny Homes, Vernon 
  • Justo’s Craft Dips, Victoria

The winners will be announced during Small Business BC Awards Week from May 3-6, 2021, register for your free ticket here.

Related: Small Business BC Digital Meetups During COVID-19 Isolation

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