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Women of the Year Award Categories


Lifetime Achievement Award 

Through the Lifetime Achievement Award, we seek to identify leaders who will teach future generations by example. Lifetime Achievement Award winners have shown long-term active engagement in our community and have made significant positive economic impacts locally. They are successful leaders in their companies, industries and in our community. This award allows us to recognize true pillars in our community.

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Woman of the Year 

This award recognizes women who have excelled in their career, field or passion and/or have made a significant achievement in a traditionally male-dominated arena. The essence of this award is to discover and reward exceptional women for their leadership, mentoring skills and/or ideas that stand out from their colleagues. Judges are looking for women who have made a real difference in their career, field or passion over the past 12 -24 months. Nominees must be at least 18 years of age.

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Entrepreneur of the Year 

Through timely innovation, strategic thinking and smart execution, the recipients of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award have launched and built one or more successful companies with a track record of growth, profitability, industry leadership and breaking new ground. These pre-eminent entrepreneurs possess the drive, managerial acumen and leadership traits that others aspire to have, and have positioned themselves for future achievement. These women are role models for all those who believe in the power of entrepreneurship. Winners of this award have generated an uncommon degree of economic growth and social change. Must be 18 years of age.

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Young Entrepreneur 

This award is open to girls between the ages of 14-18 who demonstrate budding entrepreneurship and make a difference in their schools and communities. It is designed to reward the enterprising spirits of young girls. Candidates enter by submitting an original essay of 750-1000 words. The essay should address how the nominee demonstrates budding entrepreneurship or financial acumen.

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Community Hero 

This award acknowledges women who are making outstanding contributions to their community. Community Heroes demonstrate how people with passion and determination can use their lives to make a difference in the community. Nominees must be over 21.

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Young Hero Award 

Through this award, we are celebrating the power of local young ladies? efforts that spark change and improve the world through passion and determination. This award embraces the challenge of tackling the unmet needs of a community through volunteer action. Nominees are considered in two age groups: 14-17 and 18-21.

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  1. chris says:

    We took nominations for Woman of the Year from the entire community but the voting/judging was done by a panel of judges. Scroll to the bottom of the event page to learn more about them. http://business.bendchamber.org/events/details/women-of-the-year-awards-2406

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