B.C. Small Business Grants!

B.C. Small Business grantsYo-ho-ho, Funs Fans!  Here’s the Two-Week Countdown for “Open for Business Award” applications sponsored by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.  Communities throughout British Columbia are encouraged to submit their Open for Business award application before the deadline on July 11, 2014.

The award provides $10,000 for up to 20 local governments that best demonstrate they are operating within the spirit of the B.C. Small Business Accord. The Accord was established to help foster a progressive business culture where government initiatives support current and future generations of small business owners across the province. The intent of the financial award is to fund a local, small business-friendly initiative that aligns with principles of the Accord.

Award evaluations will be based on local measures that make it easier to do business in that community. The evaluation criteria reflects the Accord by recognizing that when small businesses are celebrated and supported by their local government,, they are more likely to be competitive and innovative in their community.

Other community organizations such as Chambers of Commerce are encouraged to work with their local governments to submit applications.  Winners will be announced at the Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention in September.

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