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Everyone’s bouncing at Bounce’s HQ today with the news that Bounce Director Maria Smith has been named as a finalist in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand category in the 10th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program. This international honour may be one of Bounce’s greatest achievements to date.

Adding to the excitement, Bounce is represented in an additional Stevie Award category, for Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Internal Communications for The Bounce Manifesto

Upon hearing the news, the entire team cheered out loud as it was announced in their 10 at 10 Meeting. “It was great to announce to the team and see their reaction,” says Smith. “I truly appreciate the recognition in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award, and to have a communications piece — that is based on the amazing company culture here at Bounce — it truly is a group effort.”

Smith will be flying to New York in November to accept her bronze, silver or gold award. The winners will be announced November 8th during a formal gala and awards presentation.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honours women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. More than 90 members of the five final judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists.

“For 10 years we have been recognising the achievements of women in business, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class the judges have ever reviewed,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “We look forward to seeing the final judges’ decisions and honouring this year’s Stevie winners in New York next month.”