The Wisconsin Women's Council conducts research and hosts programs on
public policy issues affecting women and girls in our state.
Learn more about our publications, programs and partnerships.

INITIATIVES >> Trailblazer Awards

Award Nominating & Categories




The next Award program will be offered in 2018. Watch this space for information about nominations starting in Summer 2017!


About the Governor's Trailblazer Awards
for Women Business Owners


Trailblazer Awards recognize the rich legacy of women's business ownership in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin's women-owned businesses have provided family supporting, community enriching jobs for generations. By starting and sustaining businesses, exploring markets, creating jobs and stimulating local economic growth, Wisconsin women business owners play a leading role in our economy.  The Trailblazer Awards celebrate women's long history of entrepreneurship and deep roots in Wisconsin's business community.


Award Eligibility


Candidates for the award must be Wisconsin residents and own a registered business that is not a non-profit. The business must be:  woman-owned, defined as 51% or more ownership or stock; in compliance with state and federal laws and guidelines; currently located in Wisconsin; and since its founding conducted business continuously for the number of years of the recognition sought. 


Awards Categories


Torchbearer Awards
recognize businesses started by men or women currently run by the female relative of the founder, that have been in continuous operation for at least three generations.


Business Pioneer Awards
recognize women-owned businesses that have been in continuous operation for 25 years or more.  (The generational component is not required.)


Thrive Award  New in 2016!

recognize a woman business leaders who has operated her business for the past 50 years or more, serving as a pillar of the business community and inspiring generations of women to follow their own entrepreneurial passions and dreams.




Online Nomination Form (nominations are currently closed)


Watch this space!  Nominations will open in Summer 2017 for Wisconsin's 2018 Governorís Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business, recognizing women pioneers in the business community. 


Who can nominate?  Business and professional associations, elected officials and others were invited to nominate businesses for Trailblazer Awards and business owners may also self nominate for awards. 


For more information or to submit a

nomination form, contact:


Christine Lidbury

Executive Director

phone: 608 / 266-2219



Back to Trailblazer Homepage