The BYAs

The Businesswoman of the Year Awards

The BYAs are an annual event that recognize the accomplishments of outstanding women in the National Capital Region.

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Professional Services Category

For women in a vocation or occupation requiring special education, knowledge and skills

Emerging Entrepreneur Category

For women who organize and operate an emerging business or group of businesses

Established Entrepreneur Category

For women who organize and operate an established business or group of businesses

Organization Category

For women who are key decision-makers in their organization or company

What Is The BYAs?

The BYA’s – Businesswoman of the Year Awards – celebrate the business achievements, professional expertise and leadership of outstanding women in the National Capital Region and is presented to four recipients in the professional, organization, emerging entrepreneur and established entrepreneur categories. The BYAs is hosted by The Women’s Business Network (WBN).

What Is The WBN?

The WBN – Women’s Business Network, is a volunteer-run organization, that empowers businesswomen to achieve success on their own terms by providing opportunities for development, fostering valuable connections, and facilitating member success through business and career growth. WBN’s membership includes entrepreneurs, professionals and corporate executives within the private and public sectors.

How Does it Work?

  • Nominations are taken in the fall of each year, usually during September and October.
  • All nominations go through a committee process to select 12 finalists.
  • There are 3 finalists for each of the 4 categories.
  • A Nominee Reception is held in February for the finalists. 
  • A BYA Gala is held in the Spring, where the recipients are announced, and presented with their awards.
1. When do nominations open and close?

For the 2018 Businesswoman of the Year Awards, nominations open September 8th, 2018 and close October 31, 2018

2. Are men allowed to submit a nomination?

Of course! We are looking for the very best candidates for the WBN award. Our Nominations Committees are made up from men and women in the community.

3. Do nominees have to be a WBN member?

No. We accept nominations for within AND from outside the WBN network. We want to celebrate Ottawa’s community of inspiring and successful businesswomen. All women are welcome.

4. Do I have to KNOW the person to nominate them?

You do not need to know your nominee personally. However, you need to know the following details about them in order to submit the nomination: First Name, Last name, Contact Phone and Email, Organization, and Position.

5. Can you explain the steps that happen once I nominate the person? How will they hear about it?
  1. Your nominee will receive an email from WBN. She will be asked to accept the nomination.
  2. Upon acceptance of the nomination, your nominee will immediately be sent a questionnaire requesting a summary of their achievements in the following categories: proven business acumen, outstanding leadership skills, notable achievements in her area of expertise, and community engagement.
  3. Your nominee will fill out the questionnaire and return via email to the WBN by a specified date.
6. I’m not exactly sure which category I should nominate the person for. What do I do?

Go ahead and select the category you think best suits the nominee. Your nominee will have the opportunity to change the category selection when she completes the next phase of the process.

7. Can I nominate more than one woman?

Yes! The more nominees the better.

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Sponsorship of the BYA’s is an opportunity to promote your brand and connect with prominent business women, decision makers and individuals with strong networks and purchasing power.

Women’s networking groups provide lucrative opportunities and added value to the bottom line…they are power circles that enhance personal, professional and company brands. To find out more about our Sponsorship Packages for The Businesswoman of the Year Awards, please click the button below.

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