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FDB launches 2010 Small Business Awards
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27 September 2010

Improving Lives and Building Smiles is the theme for Fiji Development Bank’s 2010 Small Business Awards which will belaunched tomorrow (20/08).
“The theme brings attention to the ability of small businesses to help alleviate poverty through micro-financing in particular,” says FDB’s chief executive officer, Deve Toganivalu.

The Awards will be launched by FDB board member and the permanent secretary for agriculture, Colonel Mason Smith at the FDB Training Room, 1st Floor, Development Bank Centre, 360
Victoria Parade, Suva at 10.30am.

The Small Business Awards commenced in August 2004 to promote Small Micro Enterprise (SME) development through the recognition of successful and innovative entrepreneurs who
are making a livelihood and in doing so collectively make a strong contribution to Fiji’s economy.

Business that are 100% locally owned and turning over up to $100,000 in gross sales per annum are encouraged to enter the Awards.

“The FDB supports the global ideal that small businesses are the cornerstone of new economic gorwth and the alleviation ofpoverty,” Mr. Toganivalu said.
“It also has a strong role to play in promoting new business development.”

There are six categories under which, businesses can enter:

  1. Agriculture sponsored by Crest Chicken.
  2. Tourism sponsored by Fiji Development Bank.
  3. Manufacturing sponsored by New India Assurance.
  4. Professional Services sponsored by Sun Insurance.
  5. Wholesale/Retail sponsored by FINTEL.
  6. Open Category sponsored by the Reserve Bank of Fiji.


Entry forms are available from any of the nine FDB Branches located Fiji-wide, sponsor outlets, National Centre for Small and Microenterprises, the Northern Development Programme office, Microfinance West and the Minstiry of Primary Industries’ extension offices or it can be downloaded from www.fdb.com.fj.

Completed entry forms are to be returned to any FDB Branch or mailed to 2010 Small Business Awards, GPO Box 109, Suva or dropped off at the Fiji Development Bank, 360 Victoria Parade,
Suva before 3pm on Friday, 24 September 2010.

Attractive prize money is offered for each category which will be presented at an Awards ceremony on Wednesday, 23 November 2010.

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