RBC seeks nominations for extraordinary women entrepreneurs/business owners for annual CWEA Awards program

    Nominations now applicable for two years

    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - RBC today announced a call for nominations for
the 2009 RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Awards program (CWEA). The RBC CWEA program
will recognize the many talented Canadian women entrepreneurs who thrive
despite today's challenging economic environment.
    "Women entrepreneurs are one of the fastest growing segments of the
Canadian economy, and RBC is proud to help celebrate their passion and success
at this annual awards ceremony," said Shauneen Bruder, executive
vice-president, Business and Commercial Banking.
    The RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national
business awards recognizing the country's leading female entrepreneurs. For
the first time since the creation of the awards program, applications received
will be considered for two consecutive years.
    "Whether starting a new business, sustaining the one they already have,
or exploring new opportunities, Canadian women entrepreneurs continue to play
a leading role in the Canadian marketplace," explains Mike Michell, national
director, Small Business and Women's Market, RBC. "These women have incredible
success stories that we believe other business owners can learn from."
    Candidates for the award must own a profitable registered business that
is not a franchise and has operated in Canada for three full years as of May
31, 2009. Women entrepreneurs can be nominated by colleagues, friends and
family, or can self-nominate by the June 29, 2009 deadline.
    "It's not about being the most profitable or having the most sales," adds
Michell. "These awards are simply about publicly recognizing successful
entrepreneurs who demonstrate on a daily basis that hard work and proper
planning can help achieve and exceed financial and business goals."
    Nomination forms and eligibility information are available at
www.theawards.ca. Advice from previous award winners is posted at
www.rbcroyalbank.com/business/women. Winners will be honoured at the RBC
Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards dinner in Toronto on December 8, 2009.
    Since 1992, 102 awards have been presented for outstanding
entrepreneurial achievements. Previous winners have credited the heightened
profile they gained through being honoured at this annual event with opening
the doors to national and international growth opportunities, as well as to
prominent board positions, other national awards and recognition, as well as -
for the one previous winner - the Order of Canada.
    The awards are an annual initiative of the Women of Influence Inc.
(formerly called the PowerPoint Group), and are presented by RBC in
partnership with Financial Post Magazine and PROFIT Magazine. They are
supported by Deloitte, Bell, HKMB Hub International, Cassels Brock, Tiffany &
Co, Evoke Solutions and Debbie Tait.

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