On November 9, 2013, at a lavish awards ceremony in New York’s famous Times Square, Maria Smith of Bounce Consulting was named winner of the silver Stevie in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category.

But it wasn’t just one win for Bounce – it was two. Bounce Consulting also snagged the bronze award in the Communications category for its piece entitled The Bounce Manifesto.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour women executives, entrepreneurs, employees worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Communications Campaign of the Year.

“Being recognised with these two awards is such a great feeling,” says Smith. “Being surrounded in that environment of 300 powerful business women created such a great energy. Winning the silver and bronze just took everything up a notch.”

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. More than 90 members of the five final judging committees determined the winners.

“For 10 years we have been recognising the achievements of women in business, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class we’ve ever reviewed,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.