To fuel success for women-owned businesses, WBENC offers multiple programs and opportunities designed to support business development and growth, from pitch competitions to executive education programs.
The WBENC Applause Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments that expand opportunities for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) on a national or international level while breaking down the barriers that impede the progress and growth of businesses owned and operated by women.
Award recipients are selected based on their impact on the growth of WBEs; creation of policies, procedures or initiatives that increase opportunities for WBEs; and innovative and inspirational leadership on behalf of women business owners and their companies.
Most Recent Recipients
Susan Rittscher, President & CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise
An internal screening and research process is conducted to select all Applause Award recipients. A panel of judges is led by the WBENC President & CEO. Selected WBE and corporate representatives, who participate anonymously in the judging process, may assist in deciding the Applause Award recipients.
Candidates are reviewed and selected for awards to be presented at the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair each June.
Unlike other awards, this is not a “Corporation of the Year” or “Supplier of the Year” award. Nor are individuals or organizations considered if their contribution is regional in nature. Each candidate will be assessed in the following areas:
Significant and measurable impact on the growth of Women’s Business Enterprises.
Creation of policies, procedures or programmatic initiatives that increased opportunities for women’s business enterprises. Innovative and inspirational leadership on behalf of women business owners and their companies.