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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to encourage more women to seek out and reach for leadership roles in business, politics and our community. Join us to celebrate the stories of women in business in Niagara.

Thursday, November 16, 2023
Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls

Register now

The Award Categories Are:

  • Business That Gives Back Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Corporate Leadership Award
  • Cultural Arts Award
  • Emerging Business Award
  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • Equity Entrepreneur Award
  • Excellence in the Not-for-Profit Sector Award
  • Excellence in Trades Award
  • Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Award
  • STEM Award
  • Health Care Hero Award
  • Young Professional Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ruth Unrau Legacy Award


Category: In the context of the Women in Business Awards, a category refers to a distinct and specific classification that defines the area of recognition. Each category represents a particular field or achievement, allowing participants to submit their accomplishments in the relevant group.

Finalist: A finalist is an individual or organization that has successfully progressed to the last stage of the awards selection process. They have been shortlisted and are among the top contenders for the award within their respective category.

Judge: A judge is a qualified and impartial individual appointed to evaluate the submissions in each category. Judges possess expertise and experience relevant to their category and uphold fair and objective assessment practices. Multiple judges are assigned to each category.

Nominated by: “Nominated By” indicates the person or entity responsible for putting forward a candidate for consideration in a specific award category. This could be an individual who recognizes the potential recipient’s accomplishments and believes they deserve recognition, or the nominee themselves; individuals may nominate themselves for awards.

Nominator: The nominator refers to the person or organization who formally submits a nomination on behalf of a candidate in a particular award category. The nominator presents compelling reasons and supporting evidence for the nominee’s suitability for the award.

Nominee: A nominee is an individual or organization that has been formally nominated for recognition in a specific Women in Business Awards category. They are under consideration for the award based on their achievements and qualifications. Nominees must meet the qualifying criteria to be a finalist or recipient of any award. The GNCC reserves the right to move nominees to a category that better fits their nomination.

Not for Profit: This term refers to organizations or initiatives that operate without the primary goal of making a profit. Not-for-profit entities often dedicate themselves to charitable, social, educational, or humanitarian causes.

Qualification criteria: Qualification criteria represent the specific set of requirements and standards that nominees must meet to be eligible for consideration in a particular award category. These criteria outline the qualifications, achievements, or characteristics that nominees should possess to compete for the award. Criteria include minimum or maximum number of years a business has been operating, age of the nominee (in the case of the Young Professional Award), or selection as a finalist or recipient within a certain time frame.

Recipient: The recipient is the successful candidate or winner who is awarded recognition in a specific category. They have met the award’s criteria and demonstrated excellence in their respective field, making them worthy of receiving the accolade.

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