Sidney, B.C.; The Town of Sidney has received confirmation that it is one of seven finalists selected for the Small Business Roundtable’s Open for Business Awards.
In response to the announcement, Mayor Steve Price stated, “I am thrilled that Sidney is a finalist for this prestigious award. It provides assurance that the work we have been doing to support local business has been recognized by business leaders throughout the province.”
The Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape provided the following release today:
Seven community finalists are in the running to win Open for Business Awards, which recognize municipalities and First Nations communities undertaking initiatives and partnerships to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business in British Columbia.
This year, submissions were received from all eight B.C. economic regions, including 14 new community applicants. The finalists include Abbotsford, the City of Langley, the Nisga'a Nation, Prince Rupert, Sidney, Surrey, and the Tsawwassen First Nation.
The communities who best demonstrate that they are operating within the spirit of the Small Business Accord will receive $10,000 each to support the growth and success of local small businesses. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22, 2015, at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual conference in Vancouver.
The applications are evaluated based on how the communities enhance small-business competitiveness, recognize the contributions of small businesses to the community, and promote the principles of the BC Small Business Accord.
The awards are issued by the BC Small Business Roundtable, which was established in 2005 to be the voice of small business to government. Through its diverse sector membership of small-business owners and association leaders, the Roundtable helps government develop strategies to support the growth and success of small business throughout the province.
In 2015, the Open for Business Awards Best Practices Guide was released. The guide highlights best practices identified by the Roundtable through the evaluation of past award submissions. It presents examples of communities that have reduced regulatory overlap, leveraged partnerships to improve government interactions with small businesses, and maximized local economic development for the small business community.
The full media release, quotes and background information can be found on the provinces website.
Media Contact: Mayor Steve Price