The Nisga’a Lisims Government won a Small Business Roundtable’s Open for Business Award in recognition of its efforts to support the growth of small businesses, create jobs and drive local economic growth.
Awards were handed out at the fourth annual ceremony held during the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual convention at the Parliament Buildings, in Victoria this week.
Nisga’a Lisims Government won the award for implementing “a rigorous planning cycle that includes a yearly community marketing plan and a bi-annual assembly for small businesses to give direct feedback to the Nisga’a Lisims Government.”
It, along with four other winners, were found to be “particularly innovative in their approach to supporting the success of small businesses.”
Each submission was adjudicated by the Small Business Roundtable according to the small-business-friendly themes identified in Open for Business Awards: Best Practices Guide.
The other four winners were the Village of Telkwa, City of Victoria, District of Lake Country and the Corporation of Delta.
Each of these communities are first-time Open for Business Award winners, a clear indication that more municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations are adopting small business-friendly policies and finding innovative ways to foster entrepreneurship each year.
Twenty-one communities from around the province, including the City of Terrace, applied for the awards this year.