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Surrey receives Open for Business Award

Open for Business Award

September 23, 2015

The City of Surrey was presented with an Open for Business Award for its innovative programs and projects that support small businesses at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention. It is the second year in a row that Surrey has received this accolade.

The award, issued by the Small Business Roundtable, honour municipalities and First Nations who follow the spirit of the B.C. Small Business Accord. Along with Surrey, four other communities received this honour: Abbotsford, the City of Langley, Sidney, and the Tsawwassen First Nation.

Each award recipient receives $10,000 to fund a local, small business-friendly project in their community.

The Small Business Roundtable 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 to show future applicants winning examples of projects that reduce regulatory overlap or create strong partnerships to improve government interactions with small businesses, and generate local economic development for the small-business community.