AWARDS

The 2017 CWB Award Nominations are now closed!

Book a ticket to the CWB Gala Awards Dinner:

KEY DATES

Applications close: Midnight, Sunday August 6th 

Judging: Completed by August 13th

Awards Presentation: The award winners will be announced at our GALA AWARDS dinner to be held on Friday 18th August  2017 at Hyatt Hotel, Canberra.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to enter the CWB awards you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a business owner, manager or work in an organisation, department or company

  • You reside and work in the ACT or surrounding region

  • You are an Australian citizen

  • You are not serving on the CWB committee

  • You are not on the judging panel and have not been involved in the judging in the past

  • If entering the Best New Business Owner of the Year Award you have been operating for 3 years or less

  • If entering the Young Business Woman Award you are 29 years old or under

  • You have not previously won the award for the category in which you are entering.

AWARD CATEGORIES

AWARD

WHAT IT IS FOR?

Best New Business Owner of the Year

Open to businesses

This award is for a new business operating 3 years or less that has shown excellence in growth, both financially and in the number of clients, and demonstrates innovative ideas in marketing.

Micro Business of the Year Award

Open to businesses,

This award is for the business that have up to 4 employees that have shown excellence in growth, both financially and in the number of clients, and demonstrates innovative ideas in business and marketing.

Executive of the Year

This award is for employees that are in the public, private, corporate or not for profit sector that have shown excellent in their role and their support in helping the business to be the best that it can be.  This person is innovative and committed to their role.

Young Business Woman of the Year

Open to individuals

Age of entrant – 29 years or under.  This award is for the young businesswoman who demonstrates leadership, tenacity, compassion, encouragement, pursuit of excellence and is a role model for other young business women, e.g. by implementing new initiatives in the workplace, being visionary and /or providing employment opportunities, being visionary.

Business Woman

of the Year

Open to individuals

Open to businesswomen of all ages. This award is for the businesswoman who demonstrates leadership, tenacity, compassion, encouragement, pursuit of excellence and is a role model for other business women, by implementing new initiatives in the workplace, being visionary and /or providing employment opportunities e.g. by implementing positive new initiatives in the workplace, providing employment opportunities, being innovative and visionary.

Rewards

Winners receive:

  • A framed commemorative certificate,
  • a trophy
  • share in a sponsored prize pool of gifts and services,
  • permission to display the CWB Awards winner logo,
  • Canberra Weekly cover and editorial, and
  • promotion on the CWB website.

JUDGING

Our Judging Panel consists of a past President of Canberra Women in Business and two anonymous others who may or may not be members of CWB. Judges are not allowed to simultaneously serve on the committee and the judging panel. A judge is excluded from entering the awards.

Each submission is scored on presentation and content. All questions must be answered within the prescribed word count. Once all entries have been assessed the judges will short-list the most outstanding candidates for each category. Short listed entrants will be notified that they are finalists. Finalists are expected to attend the awards gala dinner.

RULES

ENTRIES CLOSE MIDNIGHT (11.59pm) SUNDAY AUGUST 6th

  • Entry is free for CWB Members, non-members will incur a cost of $55 per category

  • Eligibility for entry is dependent on the award category and may be open to businesses, organisations and/or individuals

  • An entrant must complete the introduction form

  • Entry form for each awards has a limit of not more than 1500 words

  • Entry to multiple award categories is allowed

  • Each category requires a separate application form which you will receive via email

  • Entry must be submitted through the CWB website

  • Young Business Woman of the Year entrants must provide a copy of a ‘Proof of Age’ document

  • Supporting documents and photographs must be provided via email and clearly labelled

  • It is assumed that all entrants are ‘environment friendly’ and are fulfilling all compliance obligations in relation to their business

  • Nominations and supporting material remain the property of the CWB Awards office and will not be returned. You may include commercial-in-confidence material.    

  • Entrant must agree to any local, interstate or national marketing and media publicity associated with the awards

  • Your photograph and section of your entry information may be used for publicity purposes

  • All entrants who are notified as a finalist will be able to use ‘Finalist 2017 CWB Awards’ and a logo (provided after the Awards announcements) for future advertising
  • All finalists are expected to attend the Gala Awards dinner, at own cost, on Thursday 18th August 2017

  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

  • Application MUST be received by CWB no later than: MIDNIGHT (11.59pm) SUNDAY AUGUST 6th, late entries will be disqualified

Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners

AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Maryanne Gore 2016
Young Business Woman of the Year Fiona Fonti 2016
Best New Business Julie Okely 2016
Outstanding Community Spirit Elise Apolloni 2016

About the awards

Canberra Women in Business (CWB) acknowledges that our members’ business achievements often go unrecognised and wishes to pay tribute to those women who put in an outstanding effort in their chosen vocation.

The annual awards serve to:

Encourage, acknowledge and reward valuable contributions and outstanding achievements

Focus on small to medium size businesses and individuals providing leadership and initiative

Enhance the social, economic, commercial and environmental prosperity of the Canberra region

 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to enter the CWB awards you must meet the following criteria:

You are a business owner, manager or work in an organisation, department or company

You reside and work in the ACT or surrounding region

You are an Australian citizen

You are not serving on the CWB committee

You are not on the judging panel and have not been involved in the judging in the past

If entering the Best New Business Award, you have been operating for 3 years or less

If entering the Young Business Woman Award, you are 29 years old or under

You have not previously won the award for the category in which you are entering

Previous Award Winners

AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Karen Porter 2015
Young Business Woman of the Year Rita Joyan 2015
Best New Business Mary-Jane Liddicoat 2015
Outstanding Community Spirit Jenni Tarrant 2015
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Cara Hade 2014
Young Business Woman of the Year Emma Luscombe 2014
Best New Business Gillian Yeend 2014
Outstanding Community Spirit Fiona Keary 2014
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Karen Groves 2013
Young Business Woman of the Year Claire Naidu 2013
Best New Business Karen Murphy 2013
Outstanding Community Spirit Karen Coe 2013
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Jess Giampaolo 2012
Young Business Woman of the Year Claire Carton 2012
Best New Business Bronnie Bath 2012
Outstanding Community Spirit Jess Giampaolo 2012
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Maria Selleck 2011
Caring for the Enviroment Claire Connelly 2011
Best New Business Riana Janse van Rensburg 2011
Outstanding Community Spirit Kylie Watson 2011
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Claire Connelly 2010
Best New Business Maria Selleck 2010
Outstanding Community Spirit Fiona Allardyce 2010
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Laurie Mcdonald 2009
Best New Business Kylie Watson 2009
Outstanding Community Spirit Bobbi Cook 2009
Caring for the Environment Claire Connelly 2009
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Ruth Bayley 2008
Best New Business Zoe Routh 2008
Outstanding Community Spirit Vicki Berry 2008
Caring for the Environment Vicki Berry 2008
AWARD NAME YEAR
Business Woman of the Year Kerrie Jarius 2007
Best New Business Karen Bradley & Tracey Mitchell 2007
Outstanding Community Spirit Jean McIntyre 2007
Caring for the Environment Andrea Evans & Gillian Yeend 2007