Samoan Business Network Launches Business Awards 2018

By SUGA Magazine / Published on Monday, 16 Jul 2018 04:26 AM / No Comments / 986 views


Nominations and applications for the 2018 SBN Business Awards are now open!

The official announcement of the Awards was made by Afamasaga Jackie Curry, SBN Samoa Chairwoman at the SBN & NZSTIC Independence Day Event held last month.

Laura Keil-Hall, New Zealand based SBN Co-Founder says that this has been a long time coming.

“It is important for us to recognise and celebrate Samoan entrepreneurial success and showcase our Samoan business owners and operators and their achievements,” she says.

“Not only that, it is also acknowledging the contribution that the Samoan business community make to the New Zealand economy. This hasn’t been done before and it is about time we do. This is also a way to encourage our people to be entrepreneurial and start thinking about starting a business.”

This year would be the Awards first year of inception and the network is hoping to make this a bi-annual event. Laura mentions that the event will be a double celebration to also mark five years since Samoa Business Network was formally established.

In December last year, the network’s Samoan branch held it’s very first SBN Business Innovation & Young Entrepreneur Awards to celebrate and recognise local Samoan based businesses’ efforts in creating business opportunities online.

The initiative was well received by its members and the local business community.  SBN will be providing further support for these businesses in Samoa, by delivering a Digital Marketing Workshop in early August 2018.

The 2018 SBN Business Awards will pose 9 award categories:

Excellence in Business

Excellence in Construction & Trades

Excellence in Hospitality

Excellence in Professional Services

Excellence in Innovation

People’s Choice Award – Favourite Business (Open to all overseas based, Samoan owned businesses)

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Start-up of the Year

Award for a Samoan based Business

At this time, the awards evening has been confirmed to take place on 28 September, 2018.

“We are urging all the Samoan businesses in New Zealand to apply,” says Laura.

“We have worked really hard to bring this initiative into fruition and we just want to honour and celebrate our hard working, successful Samoan businesses.”

We also welcome interest from Corporate Sponsors in New Zealand and Samoa, who would like to support these Awards.

Link to nominate or apply:

For media inquiries or further details:

[email protected] or +6421659072

Key dates to note:

Nomination/Application opening date – NOW

Closing date – 7 August

Finalists announced – 24 August


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