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Awards for women business owners

A new competition designed to recognise women who run their own business has been launched.

Women who Own and Manage Businesses, and the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, have called for nominations.

The awards, the first of their kind, were the brainchild of Stephanie Lee, owner of digital marketing firm SociaLEE Consulting, who also runs Womb’s networking sessions and the BEDC.

Ms Lee said that the Bermuda event will be run in tandem with the global Women Entrepreneurship Day, which falls during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will be launched by the BEDC on November 10.

“Having participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week previously, it made sense to join with the BEDC to honour these awardees at the event they’ve already scheduled,” she said.

Erica Smith, executive director of the BEDC, added: “Bermuda is an entrepreneurial country by nature and women have been a huge part of that community from the beginning.

“It’s about time we stopped to acknowledge and honour these women, many pulling double and triple duty as mothers, wives, parental caregivers and employees.”

Nominations for the top women businesspeople closes on November 10, with the winners announced at a private Women in Entrepreneurship ceremony to be held on November 18.

For more information, contact Ms Lee at wombbermuda@gmail.com or on 456-4780.

Nominations can be made online at the BEDC website www.bedc.bm and the Womb website at wombbermuda.wildapricot.org.

Stephanie Lee (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)