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Check Out What's New in the Women in Business Awards for 2015

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

Entry Fees Eliminated for Government and Non-Profit Participants

The 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business is now accepting entries, and in more categories than ever before. All female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run, worldwide, are eligible to be nominated.

This year the Stevie Awards for Women in Business will honor women in more than 85 categories including, among others, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Maverick of the Year, Mentor or Coach of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Employee of the Year and Most Innovative Company of the Year.

Women_in_Biz_new_categoriesThe fields of government and non-profit are crucial to every society, and are increasingly being shaped by women. In the U.S.A. alone, the non-profit sector has 1.6 million organizations, and provides a great range of services in conjunction with government agencies such as relief for the poor, adoption, job placement, and community outreach.

Because of the dedication of women around the globe in these crucial sectors, the Stevie Awards has eliminated the entry fees for most of the categories for Government and Non-profit organizations and women! Each of the Government and Non-Profit categories is subdivided by organization size. 

  • Female Innovator of the Year – Government or Non-Profit
  • Female Executive of the Year – Government or Non-Profit
  • Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit

Submission Requirements for Female Innovator of the Year, Female Executive of the Year, and Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit includes:

1. An essay of up to 525 words describing the nominated individual's / organization's achievements in the category since July 1, 2014

2. A biography of up to 125 words of the nominee

3. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges.

(The executive categories are for women who run all or some part organizations founded by others. Employee totals are for the entire organization.)

The Stevie Awards realize it’s hard to start a business and it’s even harder to make it successful. In order to honor the courage and originality of women entrepreneurs around the world, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business now offers four Startup of the Year categories. There is no entry fee for these startup categories.

The categories recognize startup’s achievements since July 1, 2014 of organizations that began operations after July 1, 2013.  The Startup of the Year categories are for the following industries:

  • Business Products Industries
  • Business Services Industries
  • Consumer Products Industries
  • Consumer Servies Industries

The last of the new Women in Business categories for 2015 is Women-Run Workplace of the Year. It is broken down into two categories by company size: 10 or less employees, or more than 10 employees.

Now that there are increasingly more women in the workplace, and in positions of leadership and as CEOs, the Stevie Awards are thrilled to introduce this new category to honor women run businesses all over the world.

To enter the new categories, request your entry kit and find complete details on the competition at

The early-bird entry deadline is July 22, with reduced entry fees. The final entry deadline is August 26, and late entries will be accepted through September 23 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the 12th annual competition will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on November 13, 2015.

If you're in the government or non-profit industries, run or work for a startup, or own a woman-run business, take a look at these new categories. You could be one of the first to ever take home these titles!

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