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. It’s not based on business size, but rather overall business excellence.

To be eligible for this award the nominee must be a NAWBO member for 2 or more consecutive years, who is currently a NAWBO Premier member and 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 50% of her business and actively runs the day-to-day operations. Only one woman business owner per company may be nominated per year. The award winner MUST be available to participate on a panel discussion during the 2024 Awards Gala on June 7, 2024 in Washington DC.

DEFINED AS: A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture, including franchisees. Candidates must own at least 50% of the business and be fully engaged and active in the day-to-day operations of the business. This award will be decided 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.

NOTE: Paid staff or contractors (i.e. W2, full time and part time, or 1099) employed by a Chapter are not eligible for nomination.
National Board of Director members are not eligible to be nominated for one full calendar year (Jan-Dec) following the year they complete their Board term.

Incomplete nomination forms, i.e. questions left unanswered, will not be considered.  Please answer ALL questions.