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Since 1992, women in the business community have been recognized for their hard work, dedication and leadership at the Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. This year’s awards take place on Thursday, May 15 at the RBC Convention Centre.

Presented by the Women Business Owners of Manitoba, the Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (WEYA) is an evening to recognize today’s pacesetters, who stand as inspiring role models to tomorrow’s emerging business leaders. Each year this gala dinner honours the finalists and winners from across the province, whose energies and creativity represent the best of the entrepreneurial spirit.

"The Women Entrepreneur of the Year award represents the success and achievements that each of these women have strived for in their business," said WEYA chair, Christine Turczyn of Winnipeg’s Creative Studio.

"Each female has a story to tell about their business and the road they took, at times challenging and testing their desire to continue, that has enabled them to be here today.

"Their accomplishments strengthen the community and foster the dreams of the next generation to come."

Coming from all sectors, including wellness, health and beauty, pet care, retail, manufacturing, and financial, nominees compete for top honours in one of the following categories: emerging business, building business, contribution to the community, excellence in service, impact on local economy, international trade, young entrepreneur, and lifetime achievement.  

One nominee is Laurel Skuba of The Pawsh Dog, a ‘posh’ doggie salon, day camp, academy, hotel and boutique. After first opening in 2009, Laurel and her team of 50 employees manage three different locations, on Marion Street, Portage Avenue, and Taylor Avenue,

"I’m very honoured to receive the nomination... It is an honour that I am sharing with my entire amazing team, who help make Pawsh such a success at what we do," Skuba said.

There are over 25 finalists coming from across the province.

"Women business owners participate in all sectors of the economy and our award categories reflect their impact," Turczyn said. "Some are sole-proprietor operations while others have multiple locations and a large staff. What remains the same is the impact they have, and the WEYA event is a way to celebrate their achievement."

To learn more about the nominees, awards, or Women Business Owners of Manitoba, visit www.wbom.ca, info@wbom.ca or call 204-775-7981.

Carolyne Braid is a community correspondent for Crescentwood and a member of the board of the Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards. You can reach her at carolyne.braid@gmail.com

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