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Small businesses to be awarded

August 15, 2012 5:03 am

The Fiji Development Bank is preparing for the Small Business Awards in November.

The 2012 Awards were launched today in Suva with the theme Building Fiji through Enterprise.

Permanent Secretary for Sugar Manasa Vaniqi says small businesses are the cornerstone of economic growth and it also plays an important role in poverty alleviation.

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The Awards encourage locals to become entrepreneurs through investment.

“People often frown and look down on the food vendor who door to door or the grass cutter who walks from house to house looking for an opportunity to earn some money. Without such enterprising people, unemployment would be much higher and affordable good and services would be negligible.”

The 2012 awards are open to five categories and these categories will also be considered for the Best Business Practice Awards and the Special Awards.

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