Woman’s Way Business Awards are Austin’s only business awards for woman-owned and -led businesses.  

This May, we’re celebrating woman-owned and -led businesses at our fifth annual Woman’s Way Business Awards. Each year, we receive applications from the incredible entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners who are making waves in their industries and paving a path for Austin women to follow. These businesses are better because of the women leading them. This year, it’s your turn to apply.

We accept applications for 10 award categories, including: 

Health & Wellness: This business is leading the way in Austin’s ever-growing health and wellness industry with a product or service offering. 

Professional Services: In the services industry, this business is at the top of its class, making a significant impact with the service it provides, including but not limited to marketing, event planning, PR, accounting, legal work, consulting or other professional services.

Product or Technology Innovation: Innovation and creativity are at the root of all successful businesses, and this business has proven as such with its unmatched product or technology development. *This company has developed a product and taken it to market. This can include a tangible/physical product or a technology-based product.

Maker: This business was built by a woman artisan who is supporting herself with her craft and has reached a level of success that allows her to support other women artists. From jewelry and fashion to pottery and photography to music and art, this category is a celebration of all makers in all mediums. 

STEM: This business stands on the principle of women supporting women and encouraging more female involvement in STEM at large. *Technology industry encompasses technology products or services, businesses that utilize a technology platform and online businesses (if the business being online only is the reason for the success of the business rather than the good or service).

Rising Star (must be less than 3 years old): This business is fresh on the Austin scene but is already one to watch. In the next few years, we expect great things from this company, as it is on track to scale and become an influencer in its category.

Social Impact: Social impact is embedded in the core values, strategies and processes by which this business operates and measures results. This business may be a nonprofit or a for-profit organization and has a big idea that satisfies a social need and clearly articulated core values.

Business to Watch (more than + less than $3M): From impressive fiscal success to excellent leadership, this business is making a noteworthy mark on Austin and its industry at large. A key factor defining success may include the ability for future scale, community impact and opportunity for women.

I Am Austin Woman: This woman is beloved in the Austin community for her innate ability to foster engaging and empowering conversation and inspire those around her. Throughout her lengthy career and avid community involvement, she has led with exceptional grace and finesse, her actions echoing the core mission of Austin Woman magazine. The impact she has made as a woman and for women is key. 

Applications are open until Feb. 24.

Learn more about the application and selection process and apply here.


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