CSDC a semi-finalist for provincial award

For the awards, British Columbians were asked to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

CSDC a semi-finalist for provincial award

The Coast Salish Development Corporation (CSDC), which is the economic development agency of the Stz’uminus First Nation, has been named one of the Top 10 semi-finalists for the 12th annual Small Business BC Awards. CSDC is a semi-finalist for the award for Best Community Impact and is the only Vancouver Island business in the category.

CSDC was established in 2009 with the intention of bringing the Stz’uminus First Nation to a place of economic independence and self-sufficiency. In that short time, CSDC has, through reforming existing business operations and accessing new opportunities, earned in excess of $7 million for Stz’uminus, with projections for the next five years reaching upwards of $20 million, according to Small Business BC.

For the awards, British Columbians were asked to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

“This year was the biggest year yet for the competition, with over 460 nominations received from upwards of 70 communities across the province,” states a press release from Small Business BC.

Semi-finalists will now move forward to face a panel of judges, who will review their applications. The Top 5 finalists in each category will be announced on Jan. 30 and invited to give a Dragons’ Den-style pitch in front of a panel of judges on why they should be named the best in B.C.

The winners will be honoured and celebrated Feb. 26 in Vancouver.