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Nominations now open for Women in Business Awards

Event takes place March 5
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The Barrie Chamber and BMO are proud to present the Women in Business Awards 2020 on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Tickets go on sale in January.

The Barrie Chamber has revitalized the Women in Business Awards event to recognize hard-working business women in our community. Winners and finalists are local leaders and influencers, women excelling in their industry while giving back to their community.

With 23 per cent of local companies owned or operated by women, the nominee list each year is impressive.

The 2020 event is scheduled for March 5, 2020. Guests at the luncheon are the business leaders and entrepreneurs that drive the local economy. In addition to the high level networking opportunities available, there are tremendous sponsorship and branding benefits.

Join the celebration! We are collecting nominations for the categories below.

Woman of the Year - Entrepreneur

For the person who best exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit – a true passion for building something great from nothing and pushing themselves to the limits to achieve big goals. The entrepreneur will have a demonstrated record of business excellence through innovation in product or service, organized growth and profit record, customer service, job creation and employee development, market served, and overall positive returns to the local economy and community.

Woman of the Year - Intrapreneur

For the person who best exemplifies the intrapreneurial spirit - a true passion for leadership from within the company, rising through the ranks, and pushing themselves and their coworkers to achieve big goals. The intrapreneur will have a demonstrated record of business excellence through innovation in product or service, organizational growth and profit record, customer service, management and coaching, and overall positive returns to the local economy and community.

Young Entrepreneur

Designed to recognize an individual in our community who is under the age of 30 and already making their mark in the Barrie area. Their individual achievements may be recognized through business success, community involvement, and/or contributions to the not-for-profit sector. We look for compelling stories that highlight business and community leadership.

Heart and Soul

For the woman in business who is putting her heart and soul into our community; she is volunteering, donating, and lending a helping hand, all the while encouraging others to do the same. She is the first to step forward when a charity or non-profit needs something, and is often the last to step away from the efforts. As an owner or manager, she is leading her team in supporting our community and those who need assistance.

Woman in Trade

For the woman in trade who has broken barriers in their field and excelled to new levels. This person's skills and dedication to what they do shines through and makes them someone to admire for their passion for the industry, and their unwillingness to give up. She may be an owner, operator, or employee; eligible trades for this category can be found by clicking here


For the person that has brought an outstanding vision to life, whether they created a brand new entity, or refreshed and strengthened an existing organization. This person's efforts have positively affected the Barrie community, and they are always going above and beyond to strive for business excellence. Through realizing their vision, this person has provided opportunities for others for employment, growth, charitable donations, etc.