Nominations have opened for the Small Business BC Awards.

Awards Communications Manager Mark Blendheim says the awards were created to celebrate entrepreneurs across the province.

He says 98% of businesses in BC are small businesses, and this is a way to shine the light on them and making sure they are recognized for their hard work.

Blendheim says Courtenay had a few small businesses nominated in the past, such as the Gorilla Food Company and Manatee Holdings.

He says they are looking forward to getting a lot more nominations this year from the community.

The nomination deadline is November 30.