Rural women urged to enter awards

Women looking for new ways of promoting their small rural business are encouraged to enter the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013.

“With the closing date (Friday 15 March) now around the corner, we’re reminding women to send in their entries,” says Rural Women New Zealand national president Liz Evans.

In their fifth year, the Awards attract good publicity for both entrants and winners, she says.

“Rural Women New Zealand’s aim is to grow dynamic rural communities, and giving a boost to women in rural business is a very positive way of achieving this.”

Last year’s winner, Rose Voice of The Real Dog Equipment Company, urges women to enter, though she says she needed encouragement to do so herself.

“It’s a typical Kiwi trait – and perhaps more for females – to think what they do is not good enough. But just go for it – don’t have any doubts.”

The Awards attract diverse entries, and past winners include a traditional-style cheese maker, a farm walk and homestay enterprise, a forestry trucking company, and a merino sock manufacturer.

This year’s categories reflect this diversity. The categories are Love of the Land for all animal and land-based businesses; Help I Need Someone for enterprises providing a service; Making It In Rural for manufacturing and creative businesses; and Stay, Play, Rural for tourism and hospitality ventures.

The Awards 2013 are open to small businesses with 10 full-time staff or less that have been operating for at least two years.

Each category winner will receive $1000 and a trophy. They will go on to compete for the Supreme Award 2013, which will be announced at the Rural Women New Zealand national conference in May.

Further information can be found here.

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