Nominations are now open for the Insurance Bureau of Canada's Small Business BC (SBBC) Awards.
The awards celebrate the top small businesses and rising stars across the province.
Businesses can be nominated in the categories of Best Company, Best Concept, Best Employer, Best Online Marketer, Best Community Impact, Best Workplace, best International Trade and Premier's People's Choice.
New categories this year are Best Immigrant Entrepreneur and best Emerging Entrepreneur.
"Every year we strive to increase the impact of the SBBC Awards so we can better support and celebrate B.C. small business owners. This year, we're pleased to add two new award categories," said George Hunter, CEO at Small Business BC, in a press release.
"Our small business community is driven by hard working committed individuals from diverse backgrounds who understand both the value of community, and the opportunity to live and work in our wonderful province. That's why we felt it important to add the categories Best Emerging Entrepreneur Award and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award to the contest."
Each award winner will receive the Premier's Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year All-Access Pass to Small Business BC education and resources and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.
Businesses can be nominated at www.sbbcawards.ca.
Entrepreneurs can also nominate themselves.
Once a business is nominated, they have until November 30 to gain as many votes as possible.
Whistler-based company Guusto is the only local nominee so far, nominated in the Premier's People's Choice category.
The top-10 vote getters will be announced as finalists on December 12.
Finalists will then submit an application which judges will use to determine the top five finalists in each category, announced January 30, 2015.
The top-five finalists in each category will then present a 10-minute pitch to judges, with the winners being announced at the SBBC awards ceremony on February 26, 2015 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.