PARTICIPANTS at The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) 2016’s second Learning Series workshop in Ipoh have given their thumbs up for the talks given by the speakers during the event.
Held at The Star’s office on Lorong Chung Thye Phinh on Thursday, those present at the workshop said they were impressed with the talks presented and they also managed to pick up a few pointers.
Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Batu Gajah Branch Chairman Ng Ee Pen said he was glad that he had joined the workshop.
“It is a a good platform. I’ve taken part in other similar talks but this is different.
“The Star has brought in two successful and young entrepreneurs to give their talk,” he said.
“As a businessman myself, I managed to pick up some tips and new knowledge on how to plan for business expansion,” Ng said.
“I hope The Star will hold more of these talks, I will certainly bring more of my friends and members to learn something new,” he added.
Speaking at the workshop included Plus Solar Systems co-founder and executive director Ko Chuan Zhen, Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul chief executive officer Chuang Von Fah, Ambank commercial and wholesale banking head Yeow Swee Yun, Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC) Ipoh branch head J. Punitha and Matrade (northern region) director Badrul Hisham Hilal.
Organised in conjunction with SOBA 2016, the workshop was open to public from various organisations who were keen to pick up tips to take their businesses to the next level.
The Learning Series aims to drive excellence and success among entrepreneurs, enriching them with knowledge from the speakers’ expertise and also offer participants the opportunity to mingle and expand their business network.
Entry for the SOBA Learning Series is free, but seats are limited. The next sessions will be held at the Traders Hotel in Muar, Johor on Aug 11 and Petaling Jaya on Aug 25 (Cybertorium, Menara Star).
Interested parties should register at www.soba.com.my to secure a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.
Businessman Kenny Lin also said he was impressed and found the workshop helpful.
Lin, who is Lions Club International regional chairman, said he picked up some pointers on problem solving and management from the talks.
“Our club’s motto is ‘We Serve’, so the aim of the workshop is sort of similar with us as it has served the participants well with useful and valuable information.
“I think the participants have benefitted a lot. We also aim to churn our leaders and successful entrepreneurs in the industry among our members,” he said.
Businesman Jimmy Leong said he was particularly impressed with the talks given by Ko and Chuang.
“They are both dynamic and young entrepreneurs with good planning and strategies for their companies.
“I’ve benefitted much from their talks and also picked up some valuable tips from them,” he said.
“Their talks really opened my eyes,” he added.
Leong, who is Federation of Textile General Goods and Garment Merchandise Associations Malaysia vice-president, also said SOBA was a good platform that encourages entrepeneurs to strive.
“It really give chance for these young up-and-coming entreprenuers to explore more and to come up with something fantastic.
“It’s a good way to encourage young entrepreneurs to be creative, especially to promote Malaysian-made products in the South East Asian region,” he said.
“SOBA also allows businesses to be recognised by the market through branding and marketing. If young enterpreneurs can win the award, it will boost their image,” he added.
SOBA 2016 is organised by The Star with AmBank as the main sponsor. Event co-sponsors are BMW Malaysia, Credit Guarantee Corporation and Matrade, while the official venue sponsor is Connexion Conference and Event Centre.
It pays tribute to up-and-coming local, non-listed companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises striving to carve a niche for themselves in the world of business.
It also marks the achievement of enterprises that have made a difference to the nation’s economy and opened new frontiers.
The awards aimed to inspire, drive and also steer entrepreneurs forward towards greater success, as well as promote business excellence and stimulate positive competition.
SOBA is open to all local enterprises that are not part of a multinational group or listed group, incorporated in Malaysia with foreign equity not exceeding 50%. Those who wish to participate may obtain the Awards submission pack from The Star or download the forms from the website.
The award is endorsed by the Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurs, supported by Bursa Malaysia and audited by BDO while 988 and Suria FM are the official radio stations.
Deadline for entries this year is Oct 14.
For details, call The Star Events Business Unit at 03-79671388 ext 1240 (Melissa) or 1657 (Victor) or visit www.soba.com.my.