THE Women in Business Fiji has received 64 applications for its inaugural awards next week.
The applications would be processed with finalists sorted into three categories — Business Woman of the Year, Executive Woman of the Year and Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year.
"The Women in Business Awards applications closed last week with an encouraging number of applications received," said WIB executive Jinita Prasad.
"With the interest generated this year, WIB aims to make this award the premier event of its kind in the country and a notable part of Fiji's business calendar.
"These awards are recognition for excellence and leadership not only in a woman's business or profession but also in her service to the community. As everyone waits with anticipation on who will win these sought-after awards, the public will get some idea on who the finalists are before the awards night."
Ms Prasad said a panel of expert judges would short-list and interview applicants before deciding on a winner for each category.
"The winners from each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 9.
"The Lali Room at the Holiday Inn in Suva will house the awards ceremony this year as this will become part of the International Women's Day celebration," she said. The awards will be presented by Glenyce Johnson, the managing director of Peregrine and Gecko's Adventures.
Ms Johnson was named Telstra Business Woman in 2006 — Private and Corporate Sector State winner.
Tickets for the awards night include a pre-dinner cocktail and dinner at $100 each and can be obtained from Victoria Wines, Westpac Suva branch or from the WIB secretariat at AlizPacific office in Dominion House, Suva.