The importance of the Young Entrepreneur
Indigenous Business Award

“Longhouse was honoured to be nominated and to receive the recognition and award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. There is a huge amount of talent in BC right now, and to be chosen as a leader in the Indigenous Business community is humbling. This award will drive us to keep being better so that we can live up to the role model that businesses that have won before have created.” 
Keenan Beavis, 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year 

The Indigenous Business Award (IBA) annually celebrates excellence in Indigenous Business in British Columbia. The IBA program offers awardees and their supporters an authentic space to showcase their achievements, build bridges between BC’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous economies, while celebrating success, diversity and inclusion. 

Up to eight awardees are chosen from within one of four distinct categories: Young Entrepreneur, Business of the Year, Community-Owned Business of the Year and Business Partnership of the Year. The awardees represent a wide range of business sizes, fields and cover the geographical make-up of the province. The category that generates much excitement and inspiration every year is the Young Entrepreneur offered to a nominee 35 years of age or younger. The award is presented to a business that best exemplifies excellence in entrepreneurship including effective leadership, innovation, potential for growth, and a commitment to their community.  

Recognition is a tool that demonstrates to leaders and other entrepreneurs, the importance of young people’s role in generating economic growth in the province. The IBA program serves to inspire others by elevating models of success that will encourage them to take action and build a business that serves a need, a community or a passion. 

“When we raise each other up, everyone benefits. Business is an opportunity for everyone to provide value to the community in the way that they know best. The more we can encourage entrepreneurship, the bigger benefit to everyone in our local communities, province and country.” 
Keenan Beavis 

Longhouse Media of Langley reflects these qualities and was named the 2020 recipient of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Indigenous Business. As a media company, Longhouse provides digital solutions to clients including video production, digital advertising, web design, and Google rankings to effectively and efficiently promote their clients’ businesses. They’ve most recently been working with some publicly traded companies within the mining industry!  Check out the Award Film on Longhouse Media at bcachievement.com.

BC Achievement is grateful to New Relationship Trust which has supported the IBA program since 2010, continuing its commitment to a future that supports Indigenous entrepreneurs and capacity development. 

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change. 

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