RBC seeks nominations for extraordinary women entrepreneurs/
business owners for annual CWEA awards program
Nominations now applicable for two years
TORONTO, May 25, 2009 — 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
Nomination forms and eligibility information are available
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,
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