Awards honor women in 13 categories and bring grant opportunities for local women-owned businesses
the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Southern Nevada chapter is now accepting applications for its 2022 Women of Distinction Awards (WODA). The award winners will be announced at an Oct. 25, 2022 luncheon at IPEC Las Vegas, 6590 Bermuda Road, in Las Vegas.
The 22nd annual WODA event honors the accomplishments of women in a wide range of industries who are building a legacy for a future leader. There are 13 award categories total – 10 industries as well as the Rising Star, Entrepreneur, and Glass Ceiling honors. The industries include:
- Government Services
- Gaming/Hospitality/Convention Services
- Medical/Health Care
- Philanthropy/Community Service/Non-Profit
- Professional Services
- Real Estate/Construction
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
Nomination forms can be found at NAWBOsnv.org and are due by August 15, 2022.
“These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize each other as successful women business owners,” said Sonia Petkewich, founder of Las Vegas-based Taurean Consulting Group and this year’s WODA event chair. “Many of us have learned from one another and supported each other with the help of NAWBO through the years, and I think it’s important to take the time to stop and put the spotlight on those powerful women who are breaking glass ceilings, rising above challenges, and doing meaningful work for our community.”
In 2021, NAWBO partnered with corporate sponsors to distribute $7,500 in business grants to local women-owned enterprises at the WODA event. These grants helped local businesswomen take the next steps in growing their businesses or nonprofits. This year, with more sponsors coming on board, the goal is to deliver more than $10,000 in grants.
Grant nomination forms and sponsorship (packages starting as low as $500) information can be found on the NAWBO website as well.
“As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, our corporate sponsors understand the value of keeping this important momentum going,” Petkewich added. “Last year’s grants had a very real and substantial impact on local women-owned businesses, and it’s important to not only continue but to expand these grant opportunities as well.”
To nominate someone for a Women of Distinction Award or to learn more about WODA grants, visit NAWBOsnv.org.