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.
Past Events › Award Nomination Deadlines
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 moreFind out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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. …Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 EntrepreneurFind out more »
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…Find out more »
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 NominateFind out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
What could your business do with $100,000? With more than $150,000 in prizes on the line, TELUS Pitch is Canada’s largest small business competition, offering Canadian entrepreneurs the chance to reap the rewards of their hard work with a $100,000 cash payout. Prizes Grand Prize Winner: $100,000 cash to be awarded at the TELUS Pitch Live Summit on July 30 + $10,000 will be donated on behalf of the winner to TELUS Friendly Future Foundation. Finalists: The remaining two grand…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 Burnaby Business Excellence awards is an award initiative of the Burnaby Board of Trade and the City of Burnaby which honours and celebrates businesses, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations for their contributions to the local economy and community. Now in its 20th year, the BBEAs represent the highest business honour in Burnaby and the BBEA events, culminating in the annual awards gala, are the top business events in the city. For more information on this year’s Burnaby Business Excellence Awards program, please contact email@example.com.Find out more »
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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 »
The BC Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of BC export companies. Extending across industries the awards recognize achievements in 9 different categories and are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. Conceived in 1982, the program has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, reflecting the growth and diversity of BC’s economy over the past 30 years. Category Awards: Emerging Exporter…Find out more »
WBE Canada's Awards were created to recognize significant achievements of Canadian women owned businesses, corporate and government leaders, and increase awareness and visibility of the impact supplier diversity creates to inspire further achievements. Categories: Certified WBE Awards 2019 WBE of the Year 2019 WBE Stars 2019 Rookie of the Year Corporate Member Awards 2019 Corporation of the Year 2019 Supplier Diversity Leader of the Year 2019 Most Improved Supplier Diversity Program Public Awards 2019 WBE Canada Champion of the Year…Find out more »