2020 was a record-breaking year for the number of nominations, with 61 diverse communities receiving nominations, encompassing every region of British Columbia. These winning communities demonstrate their strong support for their local small businesses by adopting business-friendly practices in their region.
The 2020 Open for Business Awards Winners are:
Small Category (under 5,000 residents):
WINNER – Village of Lumby
Lumby presents the perfect example of a small, rural municipality that is adapting amid changing economic conditions. Historically a resource-based town, Lumby has taken a pro-active approach to diversifying the local economy so it’s positioned to thrive in a new decade. Through increased consultation with business leaders and the creation of Lumby Investment Corporation, this forward-facing town will continue to live up to its motto of “Simply The Best”.
Medium Category (5,000 – 25,000 residents):
WINNER – Township of Spallumcheen
Spallumcheen has adopted a collaborative approach to economic development. The Township hosts regular Industry Roundtable Meetings where entrepreneurs can discuss the challenges local industry faces before devising mutually beneficial solutions. The recent installation of FibreOptic Internet service is a prime example of this approach. Through open lines of communication and a can-do attitude, Spallumcheen has shown it is Open For Business.
Large Category (25,000+ residents)
WINNER – District of Saanich
In 2015, the District of Saanich founded the highly successful South Island Prosperity Partnership. This economic development organization combines local government, First Nations and over 20 major employers, all collaborating to bolster the region’s economic and social prosperity. With a number a exciting projects undertaken so far, the District of Saanich has shown it is Open For Business.
The 2020 SBBC Gala brought together all the Open for Business and Small Business BC Award winners to share the big stage, inspiring small businesses and the communities that support them.