IT WAS a fruitful session for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) LAB PJ as they gained insights and tips on improving and expanding their business as well as staying relevant in the ever-changing global environment.
Held at Menara Star’s Cybertorium in Petaling Jaya, the workshop kicked off with a panel discussion entitled Engine for Growth, with speakers sharing their views on the technology, finance and culture needed to spur a company’s growth.
Moderated by Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia secretary-general Don Nazwim Don Najib, the session featured three panellists – Digi chief business officer Eugene Teh, RHB Bank Bhd commercial banking head Azlina Safian and PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd chief operating officer P’ng Tean Hau.
This was followed by a talk on Navigating the Financial Maze for Growing Businesses by Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd bumiputra development and products vice-president Mohamed Azman Mohamed Taufik.
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation’s (Matrade) Export Champ Anna Teo, who is also the founder and chief executive officer of Hernan Corporation Sdn Bhd, shared how Matrade had provided support and platforms for her company to thrive in the global arena.
Participants at the workshop were also inspired by the success stories of Senheng Electric (KL) Sdn Bhd managing director Lim Kim Heng and Prof Muhaya Eye and Lasik Centre chief executive officer Muhammad Addaem Mikhail Chandran.
Landserve Sdn Bhd managing director Chen King Hoaw said SOBA LAB was informative and insightful.
“I attended to learn ways to move my business forward and it was an eye-opener.
“The focused sharing sessions by different speakers were very precise and the topics relevant across industries. I will definitely participate again,” said the first-timer.
Midas Capital Alliance Sdn Bhd managing director Nik Nasruddin Nik Ahmad said the workshop was great for networking.
“It provided a good platform to meet other entrepreneurs and learn from one another.
“The session by Anna Teo on her journey to being where she is today with her durian produce and products was inspiring and informative.
“It sent a clear message that we need to set our goals, know what we should and shouldn’t do and be persistent,” he said.
The SOBA LAB workshop was organised in conjunction with SOBA 2019. The PJ stop is the first in the series of free capacity-building workshops, which will move to Ipoh (July 24), Johor Baru (Aug 1) and Penang (Aug 8).
This year’s SOBA is open for submission to locally incorporated enterprises which are not part of a multinational or listed group with foreign equity not exceeding 50%.
Those interested in participating can download the submission pack via www.soba.com.my
The deadline for entries is Oct 7.
SOBA 2019 is organised by Star Media Group with Digi, PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd and RHB Bank Bhd as main sponsors, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd as co-sponsor and Matrade as official trade promotion partner.
It is endorsed by the International Trade and Industry Ministry, supported by Bursa Malaysia and audited by BDO, with dimsum as official media partner.
For details, call The Star Events Business Unit at 03-7967 1388 ext 1857 (Pei Wen) / 1529 (Kimy) or visit www.soba.com.my