Kathy Bede, owner of Verdello Olive Oils and Fine Foods in Sheridan, received the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Wyoming Council for Women)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Council for Women is accepting nominations for an award that recognizes the contribution women who are entrepreneurs make to Wyoming’s economy.

Nominations for the 2023 Woman Entrepreneur Award are due April 30, the nomination form said. Women who own or operate a Wyoming-based business that has operated continuously for at least three years and generates at least $5,000 gross revenue annually through making or selling a product or providing a quantifiable service are eligible, while franchise owners and current Wyoming Council for Women board members aren’t.

The Woman Entrepreneur Award recognizes woman-owned businesses in Wyoming and raises awareness of the contribution that these women make to Wyoming’s economy, the council’s website said. Past award winners include Ariane Jimison, a co-owner of Gillette’s Pizza Carrello, who received the recognition in 2019.

The Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues, a 14-member council, includes representation from the nine judicial districts, four at-large members, and a liaison from the Department of Workforce Services, according to the council’s website. The governor appoints councilmembers, and Wyoming legislators provide funding. The council also relies on volunteers.