National awards nominations close July 4, 2008
TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - From technology innovators and early childhood
educators, to contractors, chefs and clothing designers - women entrepreneurs
from all walks of life across Canada are honoured each year for their
achievements at the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards. This year's
deadline for nominations is July 4, 2008.
"The number of women incorporating businesses has more than doubled over
the past decade, and women entrepreneurs now represent one of Canada's fastest
growing business segments," said Rina Pillitteri, RBC's national director of
Small Business. "These annual awards offer an opportunity to give national
recognition to some of the women entrepreneurs who are achieving their dreams
and improving their communities through their successful business efforts."
Since 1992, 87 awards have been presented for outstanding entrepreneurial
achievements in categories such as Momentum, Start-Up, Impact on the Economy,
Trailblazer, and Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Previous winners have
credited the heightened profile they gained at this annual event with opening
the doors to national and international growth opportunities, to prominent
board positions, other national awards and recognition, as well as - for the
2006 Trailblazer winner - the Order of Canada.
Women entrepreneurs can be nominated by colleagues, friends and family,
or can self-nominate by the July 4, 2008 deadline. The one-page nomination
form simply asks for name, title and contact information for each nominee and
nominator. When the nomination form is received, a full application kit is
then sent out to each nominated entrepreneur, to complete by August 1, 2008.
Winners will be confirmed by September 2008 and honoured at the RBC Canadian
Woman Entrepreneur Awards dinner in Toronto on December 9, 2008.
RBC Champions are available across Canada to help nominees with their
business plans, to complete their applications. Advice from previous award
winners is posted at www.rbcroyalbank.com/business/women and nomination forms
and eligibility information is available at www.theawards.ca.
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