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Entrepreneurs shine at Champions of Business Awards
It was truly a night of champions at the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce's Champions of Business Awards Ceremony at NAPA, Port-of-Spain on Saturday night.
In the Special Award category Nigel Jordan and Cheryl-Ann Baptiste of Twigs Naturals Ltd emerged the winners, Jules Sobion CEO of Caesar's Army Ltd was crowned "Caesar" among the Emerging Entrepreneur finalists and Dr Rupert Indar Sr, Southern Medical Clinic and Lall Paladee (posthumous)Pennywise Cosmetics Ltd were inducted into the Chamber's Hall of Fame.
Accepting his award, Sobion said "Rome was not built in a day. My mother, my number one supporter, Judith Sobion, she told me 'I never send you to school for this! This fete thing can't work!'
"Now it has evolved from being a party to an event, now being an event manager.
Sobion thanked his brothers Justin and Darien, and credited his wife Candace with being his "rock"
"Thank you for always being their for me, the Caesar's Army team. We came, we saw and conquered" he said
Sobion dedicated his award to his late father, former attorney general Keith Sobion, who he said always inspired his three sons to be the best they can be and stated thhat he would always be the "true general of the army."
Pennywise Cosmetics Ltd CEO Dalvi Paladee said his late father instilled in his children the values of sharing what he had with people, and held fast that he could make the country a better place being in service of the less fortunate in society.
He added that Pennywise would continue to build on his father's legacy.
He said the company will also be a vehicle for change in the country, and that the dream of his father and values would be fulfilled despite the negatives in the country.
Paladee added that the leaders in busines should use their resources to touch the lives of people every single day and spread the message of love.
Dr Rupert Indar said throughout his life, he had the advice of a great number of people who had helped and guided him, in particular bankers, lawyers, accountants and managers.
He said the tribute must partly go to the Southern Medical Clinic and its great number of diligent people who had seen the vision he had of service and came along with him with their help and support.
Indar said service had been his life while quoting Indian author Rabindranath Tagore
He said he hoped people who gave service in T&T might know something about this and improve their service to citizens of the country.
Twigs Naturals Ltd CEO Nigel Jordan said the company tried to be as natural as possible with its tea products.
He said T&T had everything they needed to spread their brand to the world.
He thanked the Ministry of Agriculture, Cariri, Ministry of Trade and every single customer who advised and gave them feedback.
President of BP T&T Norman Christie said it was easy to get disheartened by the many challenges facing people today such as crime, recession, forex constraints and that this could cause people to lose faith and confidence in their dreams and goals.
He said however, the men and women that were honoured demonstrated that despite all of these challenges that can sometimes bring people down, there were still businesses to build, employees to nurture and communities that needed their help.
Christie said now more than ever the private sector needed to step up to the plate, bring ideas to the table, to persevere and push past the naysayers.
He said they needed to push the diversification drive, to make the investments, take the risks and help to grow the economy.
Also in attendace were Ronald Hinds, President, T&T Chamber, members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the Board of Directors of the T&T Chamber, Gabriel Faria, Chief Executive Officer of the T&T Chamber, Paula Gopie Scoon, Trade Minister, and a hots of members from the business community.
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