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Getting Props

Awards can boost your self-esteem--and your business.

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This story appears in the March 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There are many local, regional and national awards available for female entrepreneurs. So how do you get nominated, and what can winning these awards do for your business? Many national women's business awards start at the local level, most often through established local chapters of national women's business organizations such as the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Joining organizations is a surefire way to gain access to well-established annual awards.

Other awards focus on local entrepreneurs and are hosted by organizations such as chambers of commerce. There are also exclusively national awards, like Oxygen TV network's " Oh! Get the Money " $25,000 small-business grants. Applications may be available online or directly through sponsoring companies or organizations.

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