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Calgary Small Business Awards 2024

More than 40 years of small business excellence

Showpass accepting their award at the 2023 Calgary Small Business Awards

Celebrating small businesses.

At the Calgary Chamber, we know that entrepreneurs and small business owners spend most of their time moving their businesses forward, creating jobs and building community. At the Small Business Awards, we celebrate Calgary’s best—their hard work, their economic contributions and their lasting impact on our city and beyond.

Do you know an outstanding Calgary small business? Nominating your favourite business is a great way to send thanks to a business owner for creating one essential piece of our vibrant business landscape.

The deadline for applications is July 18 at 11:59PM.

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ConnectFirst Credit Union Small Business of the Year Award

The ultimate hardware at Small Business Week, the connectFirst Credit Union Small Business of the Year Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has demonstrated significant business achievement, sustained growth, and the potential to become a true pillar of our city; a leader in Calgary’s business community.​

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Grant Thornton Emerging Growth Award

The Grant Thornton Emerging Growth Award is presented to the new emerging small business that has shown rapid growth and profitability in its first 1-3 years of operations and shows the potential for future growth and commercial success.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award presented by Pride in Business

This award is presented to the Calgary small business that is a leader in progressing principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplace and community.

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Air Canada Community Champion Award

The Calgary business community is strong, resilient, and has a long history of supporting one another when it is needed the most. The 2024 Community Champion Award showcases the best community leaders our city has to offer.

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People’s Choice Award

This award is presented to the Calgary small business that can demonstrate they have engaged the loyal support of their community, and is determined by a public vote.​

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Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is presented to the Calgary small business that is pushing conventional boundaries and is disrupting and reshaping their industry through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market. This could be done in the following ways: a creative business concept that brings innovation to market, product creation or an innovative approach that improves productivity or work processes.​

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ATB Financial Indigenous Entrepreneurship Award

The Indigenous Entrepreneurship Award is presented to an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) small business that has demonstrated excellence in business achievement and a commitment to community enhancement.

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CPA Alberta Social Entrepreneurship Award

The Social Entrepreneurship Award is presented to the Calgary small business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while doing good for the large community and environment. Whether this is through monetary contribution to local charities, to finding innovative ways to be resourceful and respect the environment. These businesses truly look out for the triple bottom line – people, profits, planet. Please note that this award is open to businesses in all industries, applicants do not have to be companies that work exclusively in community engagement or the environment.

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