Nisga’a Lisims Government Wins Open for Business Award

Anita Young-Mercer and Art Mercer accepted the Open For Business award on behalf of the Nisga'a Lisims Government.
Bonita Young-Mercer and Art Mercer accepted the Open For Business award on behalf of the Nisga’a Lisims Government. Photo courtesy of Small Business BC.

The Nisg̲a’a Lisims Government has won an Open for Business Award in the First Nations category. The awards were announced at the Small Business BC Awards Gala on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Over the past two years, Nisga’a Lisims Government invested over $1.2 million in infrastructure for tourism and six Nisg̲a’a entrepreneurs.

One of the recent projects from Nisg̲a’a Lisims Government is a cultural tourism and marketing initiative, supported by Coast Funds. The initiative supports entrepreneurs through an 18-stop auto-tour route, and a new website highlighting tourism in Nisg̲a’a territory. By encouraging visitors to visit multiple places in the Nass Valley, including each of the four Nisga’a villages, the initiative increases the number of visitors supporting local entrepreneurs.

Open for Business Award Nominees were asked to submit a case study to outline the innovative ways they support small businesses and good jobs for British Columbians by improving services and reducing regulatory burden in their communities. These case studies were used by the Small Business Roundtable to decide on this year’s winners.

These winning communities have proven their undeniable support for their local small businesses by adopting business-friendly best practices in their region.

The award was received by Bonita Young-Mercer and Art Mercer on behalf of the Nisga’a Lisims Government.

Learn more about Nisg̲a’a Tourism by visiting nisgaatourism.com.