The city of Coquitlam has been named one of the finalists in the Open for Business Awards, an annual honour bestowed on communities that have created a friendly environment for small businesses.
Coquitlam is one of three municipalities shortlisted for the large category (25,000 or more residents), along with Campbell River and Saanich.
An unprecedented number of local governments and Indigenous communities were nominated across B.C. this year, according to the BC Small Business Roundtable, which administers the award with the province and Small Business BC.
In the medium category, reserved for communities with 5,000 to 25,000 residents, Colwood on Vancouver Island, Dawson Creek in Peace River Country and the Township of Spallumcheen on the north end of Lake Okanagan are listed as finalists.
For communities of fewer than 5,000 people, Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley and the village of Lumby, just east of Vernon, made the top three.
The winners will be announced Feb. 21 at the Small Business BC Awards Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
A trio of individual Tri-City businesses was nominated in December for the 2020 Small Business BC Awards, including a caterer, a marketing agency and a company that makes and sells reusable food bags.