Awards for Women Business Owners

Awards are an excellent chance to get your name out there or recognize an incredible woman business owner.

Below is a list of upcoming award opportunities and some tips on how you can make the most of them!

Why nominate yourself

  • The publicity. You’ll benefit from the publicity of the awards and get exposure for your business and yourself. If you make a short-list – or win – you can share the news on social media, in press releases, in your e-newsletter and more.
  • The credibility. With an award under your belt, you gain credibility as an expert in your field. It is like an A-plus review of you and your business and that’s something you can’t buy.
  • The next generation. Role models are important to help girls envision themselves as leaders. We need to share more women success stories!
  • The prizes. Many awards have great prizes, including mentoring, coaching, unique opportunities to grow your business and, of course, cash.
  • The process. Even if you don’t win, you’ll learn a lot about yourself, your supporters and the important role you play in the community. You can fine-tune your pitch and try again next time.

How you can do it

Check out these Top Ten Tips for Embracing Award Opportunities.

Picture of Tara Bosch, Award Winner

Tara Bosch
$25,000 FWE Pitch for the Purse Award-Winner
WEC Loan Client

Who else has won

Our clients are doing amazing things! Here are just a few members of our network who have recently been honoured with awards and nominations:

Where to nominate

Below is a list of upcoming award deadlines from our partner network. Also check out our Events Calendar for galas and celebrations that honour the nominees.

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February 2020

Parksville Business Achievement Awards Nomination Deadline

February 6
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Know a local business or individual who deserves to be nominated for a Business Achievement Award? Nominate them! SELECTION CRITERIA: Young Professional of the Year: honours a business professional under the age of 45 who has excelled in business; exemplifies leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Small Business of the Year – (less than 10 employees): recognizes a small business with less than 10 employees, has made an outstanding contribution to the community and has a reputation for providing superior service. Not…

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Kelowna Women in Business Rise Awards Nomination Deadline

February 7
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Women's Enterprise Centre is delighted to be a judge for the first annual Rise Awards! We all know someone deserving of recognition; nominate them! Recognizing the need to shine a spotlight on the amazing women and people in our community, the inaugural Rise Awards will debut two new awards up for grabs: Woman Of The Year, and Change Maker. Woman of The Year – Open to any female business owner or corporate professional, living and working in the immediate Kelowna area;…

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City of Kelowna Civic & Community Awards Nomination Deadline

February 14
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The City of Kelowna Civic & Community Awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in our city. The award program includes categories for youth, arts, athletics, volunteerism, businesses and volunteer organizations. Help us recognize the talent, dedication and generosity of those who have contributed to making Kelowna a better place to live, by nominating someone today! Award categories Honour in the Arts Awards Citizens of the Year Awards Sports Awards Volunteer Organization of the Year Award Corporate Community of the Year…

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Technology Impact Awards Nomination Deadline

February 21

The TIAs celebrate the change makers, the up-and-comers, the innovators, and the bold—those who are transforming our industry and building the fabric of BC’s vibrant tech ecosystem. We’re passionate supporters of the companies, entrepreneurs, and people who make up our community and believe that their contributions should be recognized. Nominate or Apply Nominations close at 5pm February 21, 2020.  

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March 2020

Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards Nomination Deadline

March 13

These annual awards are presented in honour of the late Wendy McDonald, a Canadian business icon who served as the first female Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The awards serve to increase the profile of outstanding women and champions of women in our community. Nominate Submission deadline is 9 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2020.

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