Best in Business Canada Eligibility and FAQs

Eligibility: Best in Business Canada is open to all Canadian members of SABEW in good standing as of the date of entry. For entries with more than one byline, one person must be a SABEW member in good standing. At least half of the journalists who contributed to each submission must be Canadian.

Good standing means SABEW has received your membership dues, and your membership is current as of the date you submit your entries. Check your membership status at your member profile:

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Payment: Unless prior arrangements are made with SABEW, payment must be made by VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express through the secure BIB contest system. Payment must be received for an entry to be judged. Please note: When submitting multiple entries, the contest system does allow you to leave payment until all entries have been submitted.

Judging: Each category will be judged by a panel of business journalists who will award a maximum of first, second and third place in each category (where a sufficient number of entries is received). If there are ten entries, only first and second place prizes may be awarded. If there are greater than ten entries, first second and third place prizes may be awarded. Judges reserve the right to move an entry into a different category if they deem it mis-categorized.

Notification and recognition of winners: Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified in late March 2018. Winners will be recognized at the BIB Canada Awards Ceremony in Toronto in April 2018 (final date to be announced).

Here are some basic questions and answers regarding the BIB.

Q: Do I have to be a SABEW member to enter?
A: Yes. At the time of submission, entrants must be either an individual member of SABEW or a journalist listed on a current institutional membership. If you are unsure if you’re a part of an institutional membership, please contact your organization’s SABEW representative or SABEW staff at

Q: Can I “park” an entry in mid-submission and go back to it later?
A: Absolutely. Entries are stored in “My Contest Entries” if you need to take a break, gather more information, etc. You may resume the entry process at your convenience.

Q: Can I pay for multiple entries all at once? 
A: Yes. Your entries are stored under “My Contest Entries” until you’re ready to submit. Upon completion of all entries, you can pay for all entries at one time.

Q: Can freelancers enter the Best in Business contest?
A: Yes. Freelancers who enter must be SABEW members.

Q: When will I find out if I won?
A: Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified in late March 2017. Winners will be recognized at the BIB Canada Awards Ceremony in Toronto in April 2017 (final date to be announced).

Still can’t find the answer?  SABEW can help. Contact us at or 602-496-7862.

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