WINNIPEG entrepreneur Barb Gamey is proof that good things come to those who wait.
After finishing several times as a runner-up, the co-founder and president of payroll services provider Payworks Inc. has won her first national business award.
Gamey was named the 2012 Momentum Award winner at the 20th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards dinner Wednesday night in Toronto. "We've participated in several (national) awards programs before and always made it to the finals, but never won," Gamey said in an interview Thursday from Toronto. "It's much nicer being on the winning side."
The Momentum Award recognizes female entrepreneurs whose companies have overcome challenges and achieved at least three consecutive years of revenue growth of 10 per cent or more. In Payworks' case, it has been more than five straight years, including more than 20 per cent growth in each of the past two years.
"Entrepreneurship requires both flexibility and a willingness to adapt in order to move successfully through various stages of growth in your business," Gamey said. "We are fortunate that Payworks continues to experience significant internal and external growth and shows no signs of slowing down."
She said the 12-year-old company has more than 8,000 customers nation-wide and 130 employees, including 85 in Winnipeg.
The RBC CWEAs are designed to recognize Canadian women entrepreneurs who make impressive contributions to the local, national or global economy. The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence Inc., an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing and fulfilling the needs of Canadian women in business.