Thirty entreprenuers at the weekend received honours at the second Enprenuers Awards which was aimed at honouring, inspiring and recognising the outstanding achievements of Ghanaian and foreign resident entrepreneurs in Small, Medium and Large Enterprises (SMLE’s).
Organised by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Deloitte and Touche, the awards was also to meant recognise those who have excelled at developing successful businesses, created employment opportunities and contributed to the growth of the country’s economy over the years.
The Awards Night commemorated this year's World Entrepreneurship Day (WED), and was to support the development of new enterprises and the creation of role models who could inspire and mentor future generations of entrepreneurs.
The Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, was adjudged the overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 at the just ended 2nd UT- Ghana Entrepreneur Awards in Accra. The awardees list included Dr Felix Anyah, Executive Chairman of the Holy Trinity Health Spa, Mr John Daniel Otoo, CEO of Capital 02 Health Company Limited, Mrs Edith Dankwa, Executive Director of the Business and Financial Times Newspaper, Mr James Ebo Whyte, CEO of Roverman Productions, Mr M C Vanani, CEO of Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Dr Kweku Frimpong, CEO of Champion Divine Clinic, Mr Kimathi Mawuse Dake, CEO of Jescan Construction Limited, Mr William Ato Essien, CEO of Capital Plus, and Mr Herman Chinery Hesse, Execurtive Chairman of SOFTtribe Limited.
Others are; the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital, Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, CEO of Manet Group of Companies, Dr Theresa Oppong-Beeko, CEO of Regent University College of Science and Technology, Prof Emmanuel Kingsley Larbi, CEO of Beige Capital Group, Mr Mike Nyinaku, CEO of MetroTV, Mr Talal Fatal, Chairman of Melcom Group of Companies, Mr Bhagwan Khubehandani, Executive Chairman of Global Media Broadcasting Limited, Mr Edward Boateng, CEOof TT Brothers, Mr Isaac Tetteh, CEO of Japan Motors Group of Companies, Mr Slem Kalmoni and Chairman of Krif Ghana Limited, Mr Kenneth Okosun.
The rest are; the CEO of M Plaza and Marise Hotels, Mr Stephen Osei Akoto, Execurtive Chairman of Comet Properties limited, Nana Odeneho Kyeremanteng, Managing Director of Expectravel-HRG Ghana, Mr Sydney Baeta, Chairman of Mohinani Group of Companies,
Mr Ramchard Udharam Moohinani, CEO Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mr Samuel Amo Tobbin, CEO of Y Kumey International Group, Chief Yaw Kumey, CEO of Lintas Lowe Limited, Mrs Norkor Duah, CEO of Kwatsons Group of Companies, Managing Solicitor of Kulendi L aw, Mr Yonny Kulendi Esq and CEO of Magvlyn Industries Limited, Mr Magnus Nunoo.
The categories awarded were; the Overall Best Entrepreneur 2010,Best Young Entrepreneur, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding, Special Achievement, Best Woman Entrepreneur, Serial Entrepreneur , Best International Entrepreneur, and Most –Promising Entrepreneur.
Other awards were; Manufacturing Industry Award, Banking and Finance, Health Services, Herbal Services, Pharmaceutical Industry, Media communications and Entertainment, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Electronic Media, Print Media and Publishing, Food and Beverages and Transport and Logistics.
The rest of the awards were; Hospitality Industry , Travel and Tourism, Real Estate Development, Commercial and Property Development, Entrepreneur Professional, Building and Civil Engineering, Office Suppliers and Stationary, Trading and Retailing, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Education.
The CEO of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, in his remarks encouraged the youth to take up entrepreneurship to develop themselves and create jobs for others.
In his welcome address, the Founder of the Entrepreneur Foundation of Ghana, Mr Sam Ato Gaisie said entrepreneurs in their own way contribute to the development of the country hence the need to recognise their effort.
He said the SME sector was fast growing, therefore the need for entrepreneurs to aim for the best through joint partnership and other forms of capital to compete with other countries.
He appealed to institutions to support the foundation in honouring prominent entrepreneurs in the country.
In a speech read on behalf of the Vice President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,Mr Stephen Ackah challenged them to go a step further to identify high budding entrepreneurs in Ghana to mentor and assist.
The President of Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Seth Adjei-Baah said, the country over the years has experienced increase in the attraction of investors due to the vast human talents in the country.
He said entrepreneurs have demonstrated capabilities to adapt to the changing needs of the world of work owing to technological innovations, competition and globalisation.
He however urged the entrepreneurs to continue to play active roles in the development of the country.