By Elvis Muraranganda
SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Omusati regions are set to be recognised and rewarded for their efforts, through the newly established SME Awards.
The awards are being organised by Namibia New Age Investments (NNAI), in partnership with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Northern Branch and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation.
The organisers say they have been inspired by President Hage Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Although, the first awards event, slated for 30 June, will only cater for the SMEs in the four northern regions, plans are afoot to grow the event into a national showcase.
The awards ceremony is to be held at Bennie’s Entertainment Park and Lodge in Ongwediva, and will be preceded by a 19 May gala and fundraising dinner.
“Our goal is to be a leader, through empowering, recognising and supporting SMEs, who excel in different activities,” said NNAI executive, Isaac Tjaronda.
“Our objective is to provide a platform for SME businesses to grow, inspire and act as a driver for local SMEs to prosper.
“The idea for the SME Awards ceremony came about because there is a lack of recognition of employers, who excel in different activities.”
Tjaronda indicated that the awards ceremony will also serve as a platform for hard workers, team players, initiators, and innovators.
This, he believes, will boost the confidence of SME employers across the country.
“Statistically, employer recognition leads to job satisfaction, motivation and productivity, resulting in the good performance of organisations, and economic growth.
“We aim to make the various categories of the awards ceremony competitive for the nominees, and in so doing, encourage them to excel in their work, and give them a since of recognition and appreciation.”
The preliminary categories, which are subject to change, include Best SME of the Year, which will be an award for developing an outstanding and growing business.
The judging panel in this category will also look at how the SME has been increasing staff, sales and overcoming adversity, as well as its community contributions.
In the Most Innovative SME of the Year category, businesses will be judged in terms of them creating more effective processes, products and ideas, while increasing the likelihood of success.
Innovative SMEs have created more efficient work processes, while improving productivity and performance.
Another category is Best SME Employer of the Year, who is expected to showcase how SMEs have fostered a working environment in which employees are constantly engaged and in which they committed to the success of the business.
SMEs must prove how they have inspired their employees to do their best work, while motivating and encouraging them to excel in their duties.
The Woman-Owned SME of the Year category will see the judging panel looking at how women have developed and grown their business, which has to have three-year evidence of successes in sales and profits.
This category will also be judged by how employers have increased their staff, product innovation and potential.
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