This year, the number of women entrepreneurs in Canada is projected to reach a milestone--the one- million mark! Over the past several years, the number of women-owned businesses has been increasing 60 percent faster than those started by men. And, BDC estimates that "nearly half of Canadian small businesses are wholly or partially owned by women." Canada has one of the highest rates of women entrepreneurship in the world, and women-owned businesses contribute about $20 billion to our economy. Despite the downturn in the economy, Greater Edmonton and northern Alberta continue to be conducive locations for women with an entrepreneurial spirit to start and grow small businesses every year.
Business women are entering industries such as law, architecture, manufacturing, engineering, commerce and construction in ever-increasing numbers. More females than ever are working as health care practitioners--as doctors, dentists and optometrists. At the same time, they continue to contribute in the traditional fields of teaching and nursing. As female enrolments in post-secondary institutions consistently surpass those of males in many faculties and fields of study, the number of women in executive and management positions in both the private and public sectors is also increasing.
The Capital Region is home to tens of thousands of family business firms—large and small— that face the challenges of thriving in Alberta's boom and bust economy. Edmontonians profiles a number of firms that have achieved success while preserving a healthy family dynamic.
Is your company approaching a milestone?
Do you have an interesting family business story to tell?
Since 1982, Edmontonians has profiled 300 dynamic, young entrepreneurs and community leaders in its Sizzling Twenty under 30 special editions. The tradition continues annually in September when the faces and stories of another 20 men and women from the Capital Region dominate the magazine's pages.
Sizzlers are gifted and promising professionals who are also motivated community volunteers. They are entrepreneurs, visual and performing artists, innovative leaders in a variety of disciplines and fields of endeavour. Their backgrounds are diverse; they are the products of our colleges, universities and life's experiences. Their accomplishments are truly inspirational—often times unexpected.
The Sizzling Twenty are nominated by business leaders, professional mentors, educators, colleagues and interested individuals—including parents, siblings, spouses and former Sizzlers. Typically, upward of 400 submissions are received, from which 10 women and 10 men from diverse career paths and economic sectors are selected. Each person within a partnership nomination is counted as an individual Sizzler.
We are proud to include the "Edmontonians Sizzling 20 under 30 within this website and look forward to keeping up with their busy lives, as well as the rest of Edmonton's momentous and energetic personalities.
The Sizzlers Party is the hottest event of the Fall season where over 500 people will gather to recognize the Sizzlers and to network with business people and community leaders alike. These creative, innovative and determined Sizzlers are profiled by a student from Grant MacEwan University under the mentorship of Edmontonians senior editor, and illustrated with character-packed photography. A total of 300 young people have been named Sizzlers since this event began in 2002.
Edmontonians profiles each Sizzler in the Fall edition while media outlets produce Sizzling stories for air beginning in September. In fact, media organizations also help to promote the Nomination Campaign that remains open until June 30.
Extensive event coverage of the Sizzling party is published in Edmontonians' Winter issue. Pre and post event details also appear at Edmontonians.com – an active outlet among Sizzlers and non-Sizzlers.
Nominees must be under the age of 30 as of the end of September. In addition to excellence in their chosen careers or further education pursuits, they must be involved in volunteer activities. If no volunteer activity is indicated, the nominee is automatically rejected. Nominations are kept on file for three years and, following confirmation of continued success, some nominees may be considered in subsequent years.
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The most comprehensive GUIDE TO GALA EVENTS in the Capital Region
Every year, millions of dollars are raised in support of charitable organizations and not-for-profit societies. Galas/balls/receptions with live & silent auctions, dinner, music and dancing...plus receptions/luncheons/teas... Black tie and other high-end events Fundraisers for health, research, education, the arts and social programs. (Sorry: No sports tournaments or walk/run events)
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