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2021 Entrepreneur of the Year


Nominees for this award must be able to demonstrate success in leading a business and excellence in facing challenges, maximizing opportunities, and achieving goals. Nominees should demonstrate innovation in business, products, services, or ideas. Nominees must articulate how they have overcome obstacles and responded to adversity on their journey to success.

See specific award criteria here.

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(2020 Winner: Entrepreneur of the Year)


2021 Community Leader Award

A nominee for this award must be able to demonstrate that she goes the extra mile to get involved in programs and activities that benefit the community in which she lives and works. This individual displays leadership, initiative, creativity, and dedication to her community. Through her involvement, she inspires others to get involved and to make a difference in the lives of others. When selecting the recipient, the Awards Committee will place heavy consideration on community service and community activism.

See specific award criteria here.


(2020 Community Leader of the Year)



2021 STEM Woman of the Year

Nominees for this award are exceptional women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) in Virginia, who have pioneered new discoveries and/or been instrumental in bringing the benefits of those discoveries to market for economic and social impact.  The judges will be looking for a significant track record of discovery, research, and development. 

See specific award criteria here.


(2020 STEM Woman of the Year)



2021 Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Nominees for this award must be (1) a student currently enrolled in high school, college, or graduate school and (2) successful in the development of a business and/or able to demonstrate a viable business plan. Nominees should demonstrate innovation in business, products, services, or ideas. Nominees should articulate how they have overcome obstacles and responded to adversity on their journey to success as well as how they expect to succeed in and grow the described business.  The Student Entrepreneur of the Year will be awarded $1,500 in scholarship money.

See specific award criteria here.


(2020  Winner: Student Entrepreneur of the Year)



2021 Rising Star Award

Nominees for this award must be able to demonstrate how their business has made a visible impact in the industry or community, provided a unique or unusual service or product, or provided a traditional service or product in a unique or highly successful way. Nominees must articulate how they have overcome obstacles and responded to adversity on their journey to success.

See specific award criteria here.


(2020 Winner: Rising Star of the Year)

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