The awards were created in 2017 by the late Jane Barclay, a supporter, mentor and executive member of the association.
Association president Juanita Wynne told the gathering that Barclay brought the awards idea to them because she had a vision of acknowledging young female entrepreneurs, to showcase their achievements and give them a platform to kick start off.
“Jane loved life and lived it to the full and for this reason she would not have wanted this launch to be a sombre affair but more a celebration of entrepreneurship and our many vaine toa, women in business warriors,” Wynne said.
“Two years on we thought it would be a fitting tribute to name the awards after Jane as she continues to help us in spirit to celebrate women in business in the Cook Islands.”
The nominations are for Cook Islands women residing in the country aged under 35 years old, and who have set up and run their own business for at least six months.
The 2017 Emerging Entrepreneur winner, Ana File-Heather is currently offshore attending a Young People’s Leadership Program in the United States.
- Contact BPW members for a nomination form that details the criteria for entrants. The awards evening is scheduled to take place on Friday November 15th at the Muri Beach Club Hotel.