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Nomination Form - Opening Soon


1. A Woman

2. Must be at least 50% owner of the business
3. From Northwest Ohio in the following counties: Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Ottawa, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot



Rising Star - A woman, age 25 years or younger, who has founded a successful business with promise for the future.
Legend - A woman we celebrate for a lifetime of entrepreneurial achievement, community impact, and support of the success of others.
Second Act - A woman who draws from a previous life and work experiences to find success as an entrepreneur.
Trailblazer – An innovator, creator, and leader, who has broken new ground as a woman entrepreneur.
Thriver - A woman whose entrepreneurial leadership has grown and sustained a business, meeting increasingly higher levels of achievement in revenue, job creation and market share.

The Process

Our Nomination process is intended for the Nominator and Nominee to work together on the form. There are three sections:

  1. Nominator Information

  2. Nominee Information

  3. Nominee Questions for Judging

The Judging Questions

The Judging Questions will require some thought. The Nominee will want to work through these prior to filling out the form since they may take some time. The Judging Questions are:

  1. ​What factors influenced you to pursue entrepreneurship? Was there a pivotal moment that inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

  2. What challenges have you conquered as you started your business?

  3. While operating your business, what obstacles have you had to overcome in your personal and/or business life?

  4. Reflecting on your business challenges, how have they helped you succeed?

  5. What experiences have you drawn upon most for your business success?

  6. As you consider your experiences as an entrepreneur, reflect on the accomplishments, which are the most meaningful to you.

  7. Share the metrics of success, whether revenue, job creation, market share, or other measures specific to your sector, which demonstrate the growth of your business and its potential for the future.

  8. Describe the ways your entrepreneurial journey has challenged the status quo, and how you hope it will open new paths for women entrepreneurs in the future.

  9. How has our community benefited from your business or your involvement in community efforts/causes?


When ready, fill out the form together at this link:

Nominations Opening Soon!
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