Purpose and Criteria

The NAWBO National Woman Business Owner of the Year Award recognizes an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances, problem solving, overcomes adversity and gives back to her community.

To be eligible for this award the nominee must be a NAWBO Premier member who is not currently a member of the National Board of Directors. The Woman Business Owner of the Year award is open to any woman business owner that owns at least 25% of her business and actively runs the day-to-day operations. The award winner MUST be available to accept the award in person at NAWBO's 2019 Awards Gala closing the Women's Business Conference in Jacksonville, Florida on October 15, 2019.

DEFINED AS: A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture, including franchisees. Candidates must own at least 25% of the business and be fully engaged and active in the day-to-day operations of the business. This award will be awarded based on the nominee’s business model, execution of the business/strategic plan by the WBO, and proven growth either by % or revenue over the last 3 years. Revenue alone does not impact the nomination.