Small Business Month celebrations kicked off at the B.C. legislature today with the launch of a new award to recognize young entrepreneurs, and the release of the Small Business Roundtable’s annual report.
The new Celebrate Entrepreneurship Award – launched in partnership with Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) – will recognize the student-led company that demonstrates the most innovation in their business. The winning company and recipient of a $3,000 cash prize will be announced at JABC’s awards ceremony in June 2016.
The Small Business Roundtable’s tenth annual report highlights a decade of accomplishments and upcoming priorities. The roundtable was established in 2005 to engage in a dialogue with small business owners to identify the key issues and opportunities they face. Priorities identified for the next year include:
- high-speed Internet access for all small businesses in B.C.;
- participation in locally driven Business Walks;
- support for the Small Business Awareness Strategy; and
- promoting succession planning.
Small Business Month offers opportunities for small business owners and operators to network, develop and share business ideas, and learn about government programs and resources. Celebrations will be taking place throughout B.C. for the entire month of October.