Chance to learn from SOBA winners

PICKING up from the last session that was held in June, The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) Connect continues to bring outstanding SOBA winners to the forefront.

It will be a chance for SOBA Biz Club members and other interested participants to experience the success journeys and experiences right from the lips of these winners on Aug 24 at Menara Star.

This time, the event will host 2021’s Malaysian Business of the Year (MBotY) winner for above RM25mil, Alpro Foundation chief executive officer Ostwin Paw, as well as SOBA 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year (EotY) silver award winner MyNews Holdings Bhd founder and group chief executive officer Dang Tai Luk to share their secrets of success.

Paw spearheads the Alpro Foundation’s transformative endeavours in sustainability and impact while focusing on fostering positive change within the local community and advocates cultivating individuals to forge a sustainable business that lasts.

Paw spearheads the Alpro Foundation's transformative endeavours in Sustainability and Impact.Paw spearheads the Alpro Foundation's transformative endeavours in Sustainability and Impact.

As a neuro-linguistics programming practitioner and a hypnotherapist, Paw believes in the power of words to move people to action.

Dang left his job in the field of information technology to found a news stand together with his family at 1 Utama Shopping Complex back in 1996, which grew into the popular Malaysian homegrown convenience chain store myNEWS.

Under his leadership as a group CEO, the myNEWS Group today operates over 600 retail stores under the myNEWS, Supervalue, WH Smith (the UK) and CU (South Korea) brands.

The group also jointly operates two large-scale food processing plants with Japanese partners to produce bakery products and ready-to-eat meals for its retail chains.

The event itself will be moderated by The Malaysia Entrepreneurs’ Development Association (PUMM) national vice-president Datuk Teh Tai Yong.

As a prominent figure in PUMM – which is one of SOBA’s strategic partners – Teh has contributed to the association’s success as a leading entrepreneurial organisation and was also one of SOBA 2022 judges.

He plays a significant role in empowering entrepreneurs and fostering business growth in Malaysia, thanks to his expertise and leadership.

The topic that will be discussed is specifically on Navigating the Entrepreneurial Landscape: Insights from the Pioneers.

Under Dang’s leadership as CEO, the myNEWS Group today operates over 600 retail stores under various brands.Under Dang’s leadership as CEO, the myNEWS Group today operates over 600 retail stores under various brands.

Paw and Dang will share their unique entrepreneurial experiences that include challenges, triumphs and lessons, which they have gathered along the way.

The aim would be to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs to form or adapt insights and strategies that they have absorbed during the event in order to direct their businesses towards success.

In addition, SOBA Connect is introducing a special session for shortlisted small and medium enterprises to showcase their business.

The event will be attended by the representatives from the Credit Guarantee Corp Malaysia Bhd (CGC), CelcomDigi Bhd, PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd, RHB Bank Bhd as well as the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade).

All SOBA participants are part of the SOBA Biz Club, an exclusive group that grants its members special access to special business and networking events.

Limited spaces are also open to small business owners who wish to learn how to expand their enterprise. To sign up, scan the QR code below.

SOBA 2023 is organised by Star Media Group with CelcomDigi, CGC, PKT Logistics and RHB Bank as main sponsors, and Matrade as official trade promotion partner.

Supported by Bursa Malaysia, SOBA is audited by BDO while radio stations 988 and Suria are official media partners.To take part in SOBA 2023 or for more information, call SMG Events (017-231 1789) or go to

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