by Ernie B. Calucag
Mr David Gerald, Chairman of Biz Daily, and Mr Lee Soo Chye, President of SOE, shake hands after the partnership agreement was signed on Monday
Entrepreneurs possess the creativity, vision and courage to build ventures that invigorate the business environment. They initiate change with their natural eye for business, and create new values through their innovative solutions.
Eight years into igniting the entrepreneurial spirit among Singapore- ans, the Spirit of Enterprise (SOE) Awards has since recognised and honoured 304 self-reliant local entrepreneurs operating small- and medium-sized businesses. Through its annual awards, SOE not only aims to honour but also to encourage budding entrepreneurs to tell their stories and inspire others to follow their footsteps.
On this, SOE has seen fit to join Biz Daily as its partner to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship. Beginning April this year, Biz Daily will be featuring 25 SOE honourees or nominees through a bi-weekly column called “SOE – Biz Interview.”
The SOE special column will feature the entrepreneurs and their individual stories of how they have been change agents in their communities, merging excellent business acumen with insights into the evolving needs of the market, while daring to turn their visions into business realities.
“We are happy and delighted to form this partnership with SOE. Aside from bringing the latest news stories to our readers, our focus has been to provide a platform for the companies, especially SMEs, to disclose their stories of success. Biz Daily will definitely be a perfect platform to help SOE honourees and nominees gain a wider visibility and perhaps, create potential opportunities for them to grow even bigger going forward,” said Mr David Gerald, Chairman of Biz Daily.
Lee Soo Chye, President, SOE, said: “We have a heart for the so-called “underdogs” – the SMEs – and the students to encourage and inspire them to start their journey in entrepreneurship. Through this partnership with Biz Daily, we are glad that SOE’s successful entrepreneurs will have a window to come forward and tell their inspir- ing stories to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit among Singapore- ans.”
Winners of the annual SOE awards are selected after a thorough screening by the SOE board of governors and complemented by public voting.