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Women’s Chamber begins search for Entrepreneur of the Year

The head table at the launch of ‘The Woman Entrepreneur of Year 2017’. From left: Board Member Mrs Renuka Fernando, Chairperson Mrs Chathuri Ranasinghe, First Vice Chairperson Mrs Indrani Fernando and  second Vice Chairperson  Mrs Kumari Perera.
The head table at the launch of ‘The Woman Entrepreneur of Year 2017’. From left: Board Member Mrs Renuka Fernando, Chairperson Mrs Chathuri Ranasinghe, First Vice Chairperson Mrs Indrani Fernando and second Vice Chairperson Mrs Kumari Perera.

The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) begins the search for ‘The Woman Entrepreneur of Year 2017’ with the call for applications.

The WCIC, announced the launch of ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2017’ Awards in Colombo last week.

WCIC, a non-profit organisation, acts as a powerful voice for change and a platform for improving the business environment for women entrepreneurs.

“We are here today to launch the search for Sri Lankan women entrepreneurs from every village, reaching out to them far and wide to encourage them to take a step forward towards recognition and reward that they rightfully deserve.” said Chairperson, WCIC Chathuri Ranasinghe said.

“This year, to further broaden the reach and having observed the enthusiasm of the ‘Differently Able Women’ in entrepreneurship, we are introducing a very special category, ‘The Most Positively Able Woman of the Year.’ This category is extra special as it recognizes and encourage great achievers who are on the path of economic empowerment despite their differences,” she said.

The awards have given encouragement and recognition both locally and internationally to the recipients and it had become a mile stone in their business journey.

We need more women entrepreneurs and these awards will generate enthusiasm among them to perform and engage in the commercial world, Ranasinghe said.

‘The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ is the biennial flagship event of WCIC, which recognises outstanding women entrepreneurs who change the world. It acts as an impetus for the women’s business community, to improve their business and set up best practices for other women to emulate.

The awards ceremony is followed by a mentoring program for all applicants to assist them to scale their business venture and to increase their value as mentors and role models in the community. The award ceremony is designed to award gold, silver and bronze for five categories of Micro Scale Enterprises, Small Scale Enterprises, Medium Scale Enterprises, Large Scale Enterprises and Extra Large Enterprises.

Every applicant is entitled to be awarded under the main categories, ‘The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’, ‘The Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘The Best Start-up of the Year’. A total of 21 Women Entrepreneur Achievers will carry away 21 Awards.

To be eligible to take part, candidates need to be the founder or promoter of the business, or even may it be a reviver of a closing business, the business has to be in active function for a period of three years and be registered under the Sri Lanka Business Laws.

 

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