Southwest Colorado Women in Business is a magazine and awards competition managed by Ballantine Communications to recognize outstanding women who work in La Plata and Montezuma counties, women who have contributed achievements in their industry and in the community. One woman will be chosen from among all nominees for the outstanding woman award.

In fall 2018, we gathered a committee of eight local businesswomen who graciously agreed to serve as the committee for Ballantine Communications’ inaugural Women in Business awards. The committee determined the nine categories that would resonate most with those in Montezuma, La Plata and Dolores counties. After opening nominations to the public for a month, we received 252 nominations. The committee sifted through each nomination until the perfect honoree was found for each category. From all the nominees, the committee selected an overall honoree, our Outstanding Woman.