Berendina holds ‘Best Entrepreneurs Awards’ | Daily News

Berendina holds ‘Best Entrepreneurs Awards’

The winners with their awards.
The winners with their awards.

Berendina Micro Investments Company (BMIC), held its ‘Best Entrepreneur Awards’, on November 24, at the MAS Fabric Park in Thulhiriya.

The much looked forward to event is held biennially, with this year being the seventh consecutive occasion, where the most illustrious and enterprising Entrepreneurs, financed and supported by BMIC are identified, appreciated and felicitated.

While rewarding the top achievers, this also encourages the rest to strive harder and drives their ambition with a set target; to get on stage and collect an award at the next event, to be held in two years.

The contest is held at both national and regional level, under five categories; ‘Best Small Entrepreneur’, ‘Best Micro Entrepreneur’, ‘Best Upcoming Entrepreneur’, ‘Best Entrepreneur in Agriculture’ and ‘Best Entrepreneur in Animal Husbandry’. Among 60,000 entrepreneurs supported by BMIC, 195 were shortlisted as nominees. Of these, five National and 23Regional level ‘Best Entrepreneurs’ were awarded, whileall ofthe nominees, hailing from Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa,received commendation certificates at the ceremony.

Managing Director of BMIC Anura Athapattu , addressing the audience, related an incident where he had met a thriving businessman on his travels, who was a recipient of a Berendina ‘Best Entrepreneur Award’ back in 2004.

Having sought assistance from Berendina to grow his business, he put all his efforts in to it and over the years went from strength to strength, winning the Berendina award along the way, to become the successful businessman he is today.

In addition to the nominees and all BMIC branch representatives, as well as the Chairman Jagath Godakanda and the Deputy Managing Director Charith Fernando, along with the Directors, Management, Staff and other invitees of BMIC, the event was also attended by representatives of two Micro-finance organizations and an NGO from Nepal, who wanted to observe the Enterprise Development Service (EDS) methodology practiced by BMIC and to implement the same by their own respective organizations, in Nepal.

The event was organized by BMIC, to encourage budding Entrepreneurs to strive towards success, as part of its objective to empower and uplift rural communities, with the ultimate goal being to completely eliminate poverty. 

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