Created in 2004, the Visionary Awards were established to honor Indianapolis’ successful and dynamic women business owners. NAWBO members and corporate partners submit nominations which are reviewed by business leaders throughout the state of Indiana.
2022 Visionary Award Nominations are now closed.
Click on the awards listed below to read more about each category!
Corporate Partner of the Year
The Corporate Partner of the Year award honors one outstanding Corporation who supports the organization and serves as a powerful advocate for NAWBO-Indianapolis and woman-owned businesses in Indiana. The Corporate Recipient of this award has a demonstrated history of helping woman-owned businesses reach their full potential while improving the overall business climate via contracting opportunities and/or advocacy efforts. Limited to monetary sponsors of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Corporate Partner Program.
Updated Award - Emerging Entrepreneur Award
The Emerging Entrepreneur Award award is presented to a NAWBO Indianapolis member who owns a minimum of 51% of her business, has been in business less than 5 years and has successfully grown her business since it’s inception . The winner of this award will also receive a $1,200 Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship, which will be used in the next year for NAWBO approved educational training. This will assist with educational programs that will help improve business management skills, obtain access to new markets, or recognize and capitalize on opportunities for growth and expansion. The member must represent the organization’s mission and vision in all facets of business ownership including innovative leadership and community involvement.
The Indianapolis Choice award honors one outstanding individual who serves as a powerful advocate for NAWBO-Indianapolis and woman-owned businesses throughout the state. Recipients of this award have a demonstrated history of helping woman-owned businesses reach their full potential while improving the overall business climate via contracting opportunities and/or advocacy efforts. Both NAWBO members and non-members are eligible.
Member of the Year
The Member of the Year award honors one outstanding member who has elicited powerful change and strengthened the presence of NAWBO via her support of the vision and ongoing engagement with the organization.
Woman Business Owner of the Year
The Woman Business Owner of the Year award honors one outstanding NAWBO-Indianapolis business owner who has built a successful and sustainable business. Recipients of this award have a demonstrated history of driving business forward and creating job growth. They assertively break through barriers and overcome challenges and actively support other women business owners. They seek out opportunities to give back to their communities.