WINNIPEG — The owner of a local automotive-loans brokerage firm walked away with the top prize at this year’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards dinner.
Amanda Saunders, founder of Epic Dealer Solutions Ltd., was presented with the Overall Excellence Award at a gala dinner held Thursday night at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
The winner of the Overall Excellence Award is chosen from the winners in each of the other 10 award categories. Saunders had earlier been named the winner in the Young Entrepreneur category.
"Being a woman business owner brings with it a unique set of challenges and it takes a true entrepreneurial spirit to embrace those challenges, managing risk and ultimately reaping the rewards," said Lucy Camara, president of the Women Business Owners of Manitoba, which organized the event.
"The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year gala is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate these successful women."
The other nine award categories and their winners were:
Impact on Local Economy: Rishona Hyman, Aqua Essence Swim Academy.
Building Business: Claudia Earl, Declutter.ca.
Lifetime Achievement: Majda Ficko, Hair Do Zoo.
Home Enterprise: Kaye Grant, Reconnaissance Management Consulting Group Inc.
Emerging Business: Marta Mikita-Wilson, Eco Stream.
Franchisee: Anita Sharma Turner, RE/MAX Associates.
Excellence in Service: Penny Brookes, Cruise World Inc.
Contribution to Community: Tannis Wilson, Covet Designs.
International Trade: Celeste Brunel, Celestial Designs Inc.
The winners were chosen from 30 finalists — three in each category.