Celebrating Sarawakian entrepreneurs
KUCHING: The time has come once again to celebrate the cream of the crop of Sarawak’s entrepreneurs in the form of the Sarawak State Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2017 presented at the Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SCCI) 66th Annual Dinner on Friday, November 10.
Organised by the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Sarawak in association with SCCI and Ernst & Young, it was first launched in 2004 as a prestigious Awards Programme held annually to honour and acknowledge exceptional entrepreneurial talent and leadership.
Up to 2016, almost 50 entrepreneurs from all across Sarawak have been given this recognition.
The EOYS aims to recognise the outstanding entrepreneurs in business in Sarawak, specifically the prime movers that drive the State’s path towards economic growth and Vision 2020.
It also recognises the success of up and coming entrepreneurs, who through their ingenuity, ideas, resourcefulness, commitment and hard work, have built their businesses which contributed to the growth of our state’s economy.
“For the recipients of this award, EOYS is an opportunity to network with business peers as well as have access to valuable media coverage, raising personal and company profile.
“More importantly, be recognised for the success,” said Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) Development.
“In the past, the EOYS Adjudicating Committee have nominated recipients of the EOYS Awards to represent Sarawak state at the Malaysia Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Nominated, the entrant has access to a range of events to help the entrant’s company achieve its potential as well as the opportunity to join a group of illustrious alumni.
“Some of the alumni and country winners such as Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing and Datuk Tan Say Jim have also gone on to represent Malaysia in the global Ernst & Young OY Awards in Monte Carlo.
“This year we shall be honouring several EOYS Awards recipients, under the Master Entrepreneur category. And for the first time a logo for this Awards Programme will be unveiled with its tagline, ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurship’.
This year, four Sarawakians have been chosen for the award, as we will delve into their stories over the next four pages: