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.
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:
- WEC Board Chair Jill Earthy, 2018 Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100™ Award, 2019 BIV Influential Women in Business Honouree, Wendy McDonald Diversity Award in the Community Catalyst category, HSBC Community Contributor of the Year award by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) (shared with Lois Nahirney)
- WEC Board Members Christine Bergeron and Bonnie Foley-Wong, 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Finalists
- Julia Church, Nettle’s Tale, 2018 SBBC Best Marketer Award Finalist
- Tara Black & Marion Neuhauser, Origin Bakery, 2018 Top Choice Award Winners
- Toni Desrosiers, Abeego Designs, 2018 Greater Victoria Business Awards Finalist, Sustainable Business Practices and 2018 RBC Women of Influence, TELUS Trailblazer Award
- Cristen DiCarolis Dallas, Pizzeria Prima Strada, 2018 Greater Victoria Business Awards Finalist, Business of the Year (40+)
- Lisa Will, Stonz Wear, 2017 International Women’s Entrepreneurship Challenge
- Tara Bosch, SmartSweets, 2017 FWE Pitch for the Purse Winner and 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Finalist
- Sarah Adamson, Fuze Food, 2016 Kootenay Influential Women in Business
- Brienna Elson, Building Blocks Educare, 2016 Kelowna Top 40 Under 40
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.
Upcoming Events › Award Nomination Deadlines
The WISE 50 over 50 Award recognizes and celebrates Canadian Entrepreneurs over the age of 50! It’s time for entrepreneurs over 50 to be recognized for the wisdom, initiative, skills, and experience they bring to the business world – modern day heroes, models, and mentors. The WISE 50 Over 50 Awards were created two years ago to recognize and celebrate 50 of these entrepreneurs who started a business after the age of 50. The awards are open to Canadian residents…Find out more »
The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program helps a select group of women founders rapidly accelerate their growth. Through an annual competition and ongoing program, the entrepreneurs are introduced to new ways of managing business growth via a powerful combination of executive education, networking, mentorship and connections. If you are a woman CEO who has founded a company within the last 10 years in Canada or the US, and has achieved at least $2 million in revenue in each of the…Find out more »
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ was created to recognize the incredible accomplishments of women, develop a community of support, and increase the visibility of strong leaders in order to inspire future generations. What makes the Top 100 Winners the most powerful women in Canada? Their personal power isn’t about title, its that they are resilient and strong. They inspire, learn and grow. They have faced professional and personal challenges and come out stronger. They are champions and advocates for…Find out more »
The time has come to help us recognize the exceptional achievements made by businesses, organizations and individuals in the central Okanagan. Nominations can be made in the following categories: Rising Star (less than 3 years in business) Micro Business (1-3 employees) Small Business (4-15 employees) Mid-size Business (16-50 employees) Large Business (51+ employees) Young Entrepreneur (Under Age 40) Not-for-Profit Excellence Social Leadership (for-profit business) Marketing Campaign of the Year Arts & Entertainment Technology Innovator (Business Leader of the Year Award…Find out more »
The NEDC Aboriginal Business Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the Nuu-chah-nulth businesses, NEDC clients and Aboriginal businesses within the Nuu-chah-nulth region. This year, these awards will honor businesses in FIVE categories: BEST Youth-OWNED Business Best NEW BUSINESS Best ARTS & Cultural BUSINESS Best Environmental Business Business of the Year Nomination deadline is August 11, 2019 Learn More or NominateFind out more »
Business in Vancouver is seeking B.C.'s outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. Honourees are chosen based on the criteria of professional accomplishments, influence, and business community involvement. Six women will be profiled in a spring issue of Business in Vancouver and honoured at a gala awards luncheon in March 2020. Learn More or NominateFind out more »