Vancouver, BC; the Town of Sidney was one of five communities to win an Open For Business Award for their work in supporting and promoting small business. The winners were announced today at the UBCM Convention held in Vancouver and also included Abbotsford, Surrey, Tsawwassen and Langley.
The awards are given out by the BC Small Business Roundtable each year to recognize communities that have demonstrated a progressive business culture, making it easier for businesses to operate in their communities.
The Town was recognized for initiatives such as the Mayor's Downtown Revitalization Task Force, ongoing support for the Sidney Street Market, support for the establishment of a BIA, as well as some business process streamlining.
Each winner is also awarded $10,000 to be used for funding a small business friendly initiative that supports growth and success of small business in the community.
The Town intends to use the awarded funds to support the work of the new Economic Development Commission that will be launched this fall. The $10,000 award will be used to fund one of the projects proposed by the Commission, and approved by Council, with the recognition that the project must meet the requirements of the Small Business Accord.
Mayor Steve Price and Councillor Mervyn Lougher-Goodey were in attendance to accept the award from Minister Coralee Oakes on behalf of the Town of Sidney.
Media Contact: Mayor Steve Price - 250-213-2524