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The NAWBO® Annual Awards honors the accomplishments and contributions of exemplary women who have led the way in the women's business community and is building a legacy for the next generation of entrepreneurs. 


 

Nominations Open - 2018 Woman Business Owner of the Year Award

Nominations are now underway for the 2018 NAWBO National Women Business Owner of the Year Award, which will be presented at the National Women’s Business Conference (WBC) 2018, September 23-25 in Spokane, Washington.

The Woman Business Owner of the Year Award recognizes and rewards an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances, problem solving, overcoming adversity and giving back to her community. It’s not based on business size, but rather overall business excellence.

The top three winners receive these exciting prizes:

Top Three Finalists 

  • Complimentary full WBC conference registration

  • Inclusion as a panelist in a WBC breakout session sponsored by Bank of America

  • National exposure on NAWBO social media and communication channels

  • Recognition as a finalist during the Awards Gala and a 4-color headshot and bio in the WBC program book

  • Profile in NAWBO ONE e-publication article leading up to the conference

Winner 

  • Honored at the NAWBO Awards Gala

  • Announced as WBO of the Year in NAWBO communications

  • National press release announcing Gala honorees through PR Newswire

To qualify, all nominees must:

  • Be an active Premier or Virtual NAWBO member in good-standing

  • Participate in the day-to-day operations of the company

  • Own a minimum of 25% of the company

  • Be able to attend the Annual Awards Gala at the National Women’s Business Conference—September 23-25, 2018 in Spokane, Washington—to accept the award

  • Not be a member of the NAWBO National Board of Directors

Members can self-nominate or be nominated by another party. The nomination period runs from now until May 30th.

Awards Selection, Judging & Announcement Process

The Awards Selection Committee is comprised of the current NAWBO National Chair, Immediate Past National Chair, Chair of the Presidents Assembly Steering Committee and other members of the National Board. Members of the National Advisory Council are also invited to join the judging process.

The Committee will have exclusive, confidential access to all nomination applications and supporting documents. They judge each nominee using a scoring matrix that outlines the criteria and point system. Once the matrixes are complete, they are submitted to a NAWBO staff member, who then calculates the scores and reviews the top three finalists with the Chair of the Selection Committee. If there is a tie, the Awards Selection Committee will submit a confidential vote for the winner.

Once the top three finalists confirm they will be attending the Awards Gala to accept the award, their names are announced to NAWBO’s membership and the public. If the member cannot attend, the selection will move to the next highest score. The nominees are also provided a press release they can leverage in their local markets.

Click here to nominate yourself or another deserving woman entrepreneur before the May 30th deadline!

 


 

The Susan Hager Legacy Award

As NAWBO celebrates our 35th Anniversary, 2010 marks the establishment of a new NAWBO award named in honor of NAWBO’s founding president, Susan Hager (1974-75). The women’s community lost a great visionary when she passed away in 2008 as Susan was a stalwart champion of women’s economic empowerment and someone who built a legacy for others to follow. The Susan Hager Legacy Award gives honor to a person or group of persons who, through their advocacy and actions, have helped to establish the legacy of women’s entrepreneurship for future generations. Recipient is a current or past NAWBO member.

 


 

The Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award
The NAWBO Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award recognizes a women business owner who has made a significant contribution to the status and visibility of women-owned firms and to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs both nationally and internationally. This award was named after Gillian Rudd, who served as NAWBO’s national president (1987-88) and contributed both strategy and personal charm to NAWBO’s early political advocacy activities. Gillian was also instrumental in helping NAWBO establish the National Foundation for Women Business Owners—now known as the Center for Women’s Business Research. Recipient is a current or past NAWBO member.

NAWBO Hall of Fame Awards

Every year, during the National Women’s Business Conference hosted by NAWBO, our organization is proud to present Hall of Fame Awards to some of the most dynamic and significant women business owners and advocates in the U.S. Every honoree is a trailblazer in her own right and reflects the legacy of power and success of the women’s business community at large.

 

Congratulations to the following Hall of Fame Awards recipients:

2015

  • Bonnie St John - Hall of Fame
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy - Hall of Fame
  • Suzanne Pease - Unsung Hero Award

2014

  • Erin Andrew, assistant administrator for Women’s Business Ownership U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Muffy Davis, Paralympic gold medalist and motivational speaker
  • Susan Duffy, executive director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College
  • Katherine Kallinis Berman, co-founder of Georgetown Cupcake and star of TLC’s DC Cupcakes
  • Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, co-founder of Georgetown Cupcake and star of TLC’s DC Cupcakes
  • JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s Your Business and co-founder of Goodsearch.com
  • Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert

2013

  • Charlotee Beers, first-ever woman CEO of top advertising agency and author of I’d Rather Be In Charge
  • Alexis Maybank, co-founder of the Gilt Groupe
  • Gina Rudan, president and CEO of Genuine Insights, Inc.
  • Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of the Gilt Groupe

2012

  • Kathy Ireland, chief designer and CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide
  • Katrina Markoff, owner, founder and chocolatier of Vosges Haut-Chocolat
  • Karen Mills, administrator of the Small Business Administration

2011

  • Azure Antoinette, poet, spoken word artist and millennial and arts education advocate
  • Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO, ACT-1 Group
  • Koni Kim, president and CEO, Koni Corporation
  • Maria de Lourdes Sobrino, founder and CEO, Lulu’s Dessert Corporation
  • Lynda Weinman, co-founder, lynda.com

2010

  • Honorable Mary Landrieu, chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Virginia Littlejohn, president, CEO and co-founder of Quantum Leaps and past NAWBO National present
  • Honorable Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Honorable Olympia Snowe, ranking member, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The Susan Hager Legacy Award

  • 2015: Patty DeDominic, DeDominic & Associates
  • 2010: Virginia Littlejohn, Quantum Leaps, Inc.

The Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award

  • 2010: Dr. Terry Neese, Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

National Member of the Year

  • 2009: Diane Sears, DiVerse Media LLC
  • 2008: Therese Smyntek, Everything Nature
  • 2007: Lola Kakes, Professional Administrative Services, Inc.
  • 2006: Diane Sears, DiVerse Media, LLC