Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Open for Business Awards, which highlight the efforts of municipalities, regional districts and First Nations governments to grow small businesses in their communities and share their successes with others.
The awards recognize communities with a service-oriented philosophy that aim to foster a competitive, small business environment and grow local economies. The awards will be adjudicated according to the following criteria:
- Business-friendly initiatives in the community.
- Activities to reduce red tape.
- Understanding the needs of the small business sector.
- Reducing costs for small business.
- Tracking and measurement activities for small business.
- Efforts to attract, develop and retain entrepreneurial talent within communities.
In recognition of the important role of regional districts in supporting small businesses, regional districts are eligible to apply for an award for the first time.
Applications will be accepted until Aug. 1. Winners will be announced at the end of September 2016. Communities are encouraged to review the Open for Business Awards Best Practices Guide for tips developed by former award winners before applying.
The award was originally established in 2011 as the Most Small Business Friendly Community Award and re-launched as the Open for Business Awards in 2013.
Application submissions, information and previous winners can be found here.