This award will be presented to a woman who has owned the same small business for a minimum of one year, consisting of a number of factors in which the nominee has moved forward in order to achieve business success. Home based businesses are included in this category, and this award is sponsored by Venture Niagara.
Fellow nominees for this award include Gail Belchoir of Financial Divorce Solutions, Blayne Bonfoco of Modern Vision MMA, Dr. Kimberly Dobson of Dentistry in the Village, Gemma Harwood of Little Cherubs, Allison Kares of Movement Unlimited Inc., Juanita Maclean of Seniors on the Move, Natalie Stickles of Five by Five Design Studio. as reported in the Welland Tribune article about the event.
We were extremely honoured to be nominated for this award. We have been working diligently over the past 25 years to build a relationship in the community, but more importantly -- to help business owners be successful. As part of the nomination process, we were required to answer questions about our business and goals and also get letters of support from our clients, friends and colleagues. We can quite honestly say we were moved to tears reading the letters of support provided by our clients. Throughout all of the letters, the one thing that stood out was our willingness to help others and go above and beyond what we were being paid to do. It was very humbling.
Please take a moment to read the Tribune's article to see all the others nominated for the Ruby Awards. Each one is very deserving. We're sure the judges will have a very tough decision this year.
* shown in photo Debi Katsmar, YDV Group (now PRowl Communications); Tim Proctor, Turf Net Sports Supplies; Gail Belchior, Financial Divorce Solutions. All three of us are members of Networking Niagara. Tim Proctor has been nominated in several categories.