We want to hear your stories!

We’re looking for small businesses like yours to share their stories of perseverance, grit and determination—compelling stories that reflect the spirit of Canadians and the diversity of its people. We want to hear from people who’ve revamped their business strategies, used innovative marketing techniques to stay afloat and helped their communities stay resilient and connected. These stories will serve as powerful examples to inspire small business owners to find unique ways of adapting to the current climate.

Categories

Each category reflects the measures small businesses have put in place, as well as the everyday resilience and excitement that keeps their businesses running and makes them successful.

Offline to Online

These businesses have shifted or adapted their business model. They’ve moved from brick and mortar to e-commerce, added new revenue streams, adjusted their marketing tactics, or transformed their business for the digital age. They’ve evolved to adjust for continued growth in light of dramatic and permanent shifts in the behaviours and expectations of their customers.

Doing Good

We’re recognizing businesses who know that doing good is good for business. They’ve gone above and beyond to help others and recent events have amplified their focus on the good. They may have changed their products or services, or developed new ones, because of COVID-19. These businesses pride themselves on supporting others, making their communities stronger, and investing in a better Canada.

Weathered the Storm

These businesses are working day in and day out to keep the lights on, showing they have what it takes to persevere and overcome the challenges they face. They’re thinking two steps ahead and navigating whatever comes their way, with grit, determination, and heart. Throughout the pandemic, they’ve maintained their never quit attitude for their employees, customers, and community. They are forging through the trenches and coming out the other side.

Prize Packages

Each category will have five finalists, which will be narrowed down to one Grand Prize Winner and two Runner Up Winners. You could win prizes worth up to $15,000, including credits for Canada Post Parcel and Smartmail MarketingTM services, marketing support for your business, and national exposure. A total of 15 small businesses and their stories will be highlighted and celebrated. For each category, we will name:

1 Grand Prize Winner

Prize: Package worth up to $15,000

  • $10,000 in Canada Post Parcel and Smartmail MarketingTM services.
  • Your business will be featured on our channels, including a video on our site, a blog interview on Business Matters, and being featured on our social pages, events, and newsletter (approximate value: $2,000).
  • Paid advertising and national exposure via paid media (approximate value: $2,000).
  • A coaching session with an expert from our panel of judges (approximate value: $1,000).

2 Runner Up Winners

Prize: Package worth up to $10,000

  • $5,000 Canada Post Parcel and Smartmail MarketingTM services.
  • Your business will be featured on our channels, including a video on our site, a blog interview on Business Matters, and being featured on our social pages, events, and newsletter (approximate value: $2,000).
  • Paid advertising and national exposure via paid media (approximate value: $2,000).
  • A coaching session with an expert from our panel of judges (approximate value: $1,000).

5 Finalists

Prize: Package worth up to $2,000

  • Your business will be featured on our channels, including a video on our site, a blog interview on Business Matters, and being featured on our social pages, events, and newsletter (approximate value: $2,000).