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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.

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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 2018

Surrey Women in Business Award nominations

February 7, 2018

The Surrey Board of Trade is hosting the 9th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon on March 8th. The event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey. The event’s philosophy has been rooted in the purpose of educating our audience. Some of the best and brightest women of Surrey’s business community are celebrated and receive well-deserved recognition. The purpose of the event is to inspire, motivate and educate the audience. Do you know a…

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March 2018

Wendy McDonald Diversity Award Nomination deadline

March 1, 2018

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle proudly announces the 4th Annual Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards. These awards are presented in honour of the late Wendy McDonald, a Canadian business icon who served as the first female Chair of The Vancouver Board of Trade. The Awards serve to increase the profile of outstanding women and champions of women in our community. The five award categories open for nominations are: • Diversity Champion • Community Catalyst • Entrepreneurial Innovation…

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2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards nomination deadline

March 22, 2018

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. Over the last 26 years, thousands of women have been nominated and recognized for demonstrating excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. The collective impact of our country’s female entrepreneurs cannot be overstated. We are honoured to shine a spotlight on them. For more information about award categories…

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April 2018

Startup Canada Awards Nomination Deadline

April 3, 2018

The Startup Canada Awards recognize those driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada's entrepreneurship and innovation community. Every year, hundreds of nominations pour in from across Canada, and thousands join us online and in-person to celebrate the winners. Winners receive national exposure and join a prestigious network of Startup Canada Awards Alumni that includes deal-winning Dragon's Den entrepreneurs, a former Prime Minister, and many more! Learn more

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May 2018

WXN Top 100 Awards Nomination deadline extended

May 31, 2018

Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards celebrates the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Since 2003, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) has honoured 1004 remarkable women, inducting 141 of these women into the WXN Hall of Fame. This year, we have eliminated the nomination fee to allow for a more diverse background of women from all industries. For more information, see LINK.

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June 2018

10th Annual BC Indigenous Business Awards nomination deadline

June 29, 2018

The BC Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 to celebrate excellence and achievement in British Columbia, presents the BC Indigenous Business Awards. All Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in BC are eligible. These awards honour business acumen in four distinct categories. An independent jury of Indigenous business experts reviews the nominations and selects the awardees in accordance with the award criteria. For further information about these awards, see LINK.

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July 2018

2018 WISE 50 Over 50 Awards Nomination deadline

July 13, 2018

The 50 over 50 Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality. Canadians over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the business start-up population, yet, they are still the most underserved and under supported group of entrepreneurs. In order for change to happen, we need to continue to draw attention to the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience…

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August 2018

BC Export Awards – Applications Now Open

August 20, 2018

The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and on all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success.  For more information on award categories and eligibility or to submit an application, see LINK.

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September 2018

CAMSC Business Achievement Award Gala 2018

September 27, 2018
Liberty Grand Toronto, Ontario

This annual event is designed to recognize corporate leaders in supplier diversity and showcase successful certified Aboriginal and minority suppliers at CAMSC.  Nominations open until July 13, 2018.  We seek to celebrate accomplishments such as growth in sales, innovative solutions, employment opportunities, and community development. For more information, see LINK below.

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October 2018

BIV Influential Women in Business Awards nomination deadline

October 15, 2018

Business in Vancouver is once again recognizing BC's most outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. Honourees have risen through the ranks to become senior executives or entrepreneurs. Through corporate board placements they help influence and shape policy at some of Canada's largest companies. Winners will be profiled in the spring of Women in Business magazine in the February 20th issue of Business in Vancouver. The deadline to nominate your Influential Women in Business for this honour is October 15, 2018. …

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Michelle Pockey Leadership Award Application Deadline

October 31, 2018

As a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle Pockey dedicated herself to making a positive difference in the world. A winner of Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Award in 2016, Michelle worked tirelessly for 20 years advancing women in business, law, First Nations and non-traditional sectors. She was an inspiration to others every day of her life until her passing from cancer in June 2016. To help support Michelle’s legacy and advance other women along their leadership journeys,…

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November 2018

Small Business BC Awards nomination deadline

November 30, 2018
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Women's Enterprise Centre is proud to sponsor the 2019 Small Business BC Awards!  Nominate your business, or a business you love, today!  Nominations close November 30, 2018 and the Awards ceremony will be in February 2019. See LINK for more information.

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‘Open for Business’ Awards nomination deadline

November 30, 2018
BC Canada + Google Map

The Open for Business Awards are a great way to celebrate your achievements, build credibility and gain extensive media exposure for your community. And this year’s celebration will be bigger and better. The Open for Business Awards will be joining the Small Business BC Awards, in our 16th year at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 21, 2019 with over 600 industry executives, small business owners, government officials and media. The Open for Business Awards celebrate communities that have created a business…

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January 2019

2019 WCT Leadership Excellence Awards nomination deadline

January 9

Recognize the remarkable women, and companies in media, telecom, digital media and technology who are empowering women to be leaders. The Women in Communications and Technology Annual Awards honour women, men and companies who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, leadership and support for the advancement of women in the communications and technology industries. Play an active role in the advancement of women: nominate a deserving colleague or forward-thinking company who has made a difference in Canada’s digital economy for a WCT…

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February 2019

40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Business in the Kootenays Nomination Deadline

February 23

Do you know a successful entrepreneur under 40? If you know a fantastic business owner under 40 years old in the Kootenay/Boundary/Revelstoke areas, please nominate them! This is Kootenay Business' third annual salute to younger business people. Deadline for entries is February 23, 2019. Nominate an Entrepreneur

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Kootenay Business 2019 Influential Women in Business Award Nomination Deadline

February 28

The annual Influential Women in Business Awards are fast approaching. Kootenay Business is inviting you to nominate business women in the southeastern corner of B.C. Do you know a woman who deserves recognition for her business successes and serves as a role model in her community? Awards will be presented to three accomplished women in the West and three in the East—recognizing them as the most Influential Women in Business for 2019. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019…

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March 2019

Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards Nomination Deadline

March 15

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. Nominations for the 2019 Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards will be open until March 15, 2019. Learn More or Nominate

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RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Nomination Deadline

March 21

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. Over the last 27 years, thousands of women have been nominated and recognized for demonstrating excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. The collective impact of our country’s female entrepreneurs cannot be overstated. We are honoured to shine a spotlight on them. Recognize the achievements of an inspiring…

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2019 Startup Canada Awards Nomination Deadline

March 24

The Startup Canada Awards are a leading platform to honour those advancing Canada’s entrepreneurial economy and to inspire all of us to take bigger and bolder steps to make a difference here at home and globally. Entrepreneurs, businesses, and enterprise support organizations from across Canada will be honoured at regional ceremonies this Spring in Whitehorse, Vancouver, Edmonton, Mississauga, Montreal, and Fredericton, with a finale event taking place in Toronto in October. Apply or nominate by March 24, 2019 at 11.59…

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