Caption: RBF Governor Barry Whiteside. File Photo.
The annual FDB Small Business Awards will be launched by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji in Suva tomorrow (14/08). The event will also commemorate the award’s 10th anniversary.
To mark its 10th birthday, the 2013 FDB SBAs will showcase expanded categories for agriculture, wholesale/retail and professional business services.
“We expanded these three categories because of its popularity. Each year, these three would receive the highest number of entries,” said FDB’s chief executive officer Deve Toganivalu.
The tourism and manufacturing categories will remain as in previous years.
In addition, the jury prizes have also been expanded to include the Best Risk Management Award and Small Business of the Year. They join the Special Award and the Best Business Practice Award which were introduced in 2011.
The theme chosen for the 2013 awards is Create. Innovate. Grow; in reflection of the transition the awards have come through since its inauguration in 2004 and what small businesses need to do to survive through time.
The bank also recognizes the continued support of New India Assurance, Sun Insurance, the Reserve Bank of Fiji and Crest Chicken and the Fiji Times as category sponsors. It also welcomes on board the Life Insurance Company of India (LICI) as a new sponsor.
Entries for the awards close at 3pm on Friday, 13 September. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Suva in November.