Nominate Yourself or Another Amazing Woman Entrepreneur for the NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year Award Sponsored By Bank of America

Apr 11, 2018 | Uncategorized


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


  • 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 active Premier NAWBO members 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!



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