Do you think you know the most enterprising and inspirational businesswomen in the Midlands?
If so then there is an opportunity for their achievements to be recognised with the opening of nominations for the 23rd Midlands Businesswoman of the Year award.
Nominations are invited from women running their own companies or occupying senior managerial positions within the private or public world, in a wide range of sectors from the arts to professional services.
As well as recognising their success the award aims to create role models for the future and inspire other women to achieve in their respective fields.
Last year's winner was Hilary Devey, the Leicestershire based founder and MD of Pall-Ex, who was recognised for growing the firm to to be one of Europe's most significant logistics company in less than eight years.
Past winners also include Sarah Tremellen, founder and chief executive of lingerie retailer Bravissimo; Jane Lodge, senior partner in the Birmingham office of Deloitte and Touche; Valerie Bragg, principal of Birmingham City Technology College; and Perween Warsi, owner of Midlands-based S&A Foods.
Businesswoman awards chairman, Judy Groves, said: "This event provides businesswomen across the region with the opportunity to act as role models and inspire their peers by celebrating their individual and collective contribution to the region's economy."
The luncheon ceremony will include speeches, stories and fashion shows raising money for Skylarks, the Midlands holiday centre of the national charity, Vitalise.
Entry forms can be obtained from Judy Groves by calling 0121 766 2579 or emailing Judy.Groves@scc.com
And this week is also the last week for nominations for this year's British Small Business Champions awards.
The Midlands regional title and the championship title are up for grabs for well-run small enterprises that have been operating for at least five years, employ fewer than 50 people and offer excellent customer service.
There is also the opportunity to win a tailor-made business trip to New York.
Six regional winners will be chosen from firms based in the North, Midlands, South of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The regional finalists will then go on to compete for the British Small Business Champion title, which will be awarded at Claridge's in London in November.
Previous winners have come from very diverse sectors. The 2004 Champion, Noel Chadwick from Standish, Wigan, was an example of a firm successfully built from a family tradition handed down through the generations.
They followed in the footsteps of the 2003 winners, the Industrial Building Company, from Richmond, North Yorkshire. Both were able to impress the judges with their vision, determination and the way that they run their individual businesses.
To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply at www.fsb.org.uk/general/bsbc.