Nation Builder Awards lauded by recipients
"I would encourage entrepreneurs to enter their businesses for the National Commercial Bank's (NCB) National Builder Awards (NBA), as I believe the programme offers an opportunity for greater awareness of the intricacies of operating a business and an avenue for greater public awareness of the products and services being offered," said Jackie Minott, managing director of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) Company Limited.
JSP was declared the overall winner of the NCB National Builder Award 2011, at a ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Minott's comments were made as he reflected on the decision he made to enter his company in the award programme last year.
"We need many more nation builders in Jamaica, especially in these economically challenging times, so I would encourage as many businesses and volunteers across the island to enter this prestigious programme. As the overall winner, it also provides an opportunity to win a scholarship for an employee of your company," he continued. NCB Jamaica Limited, in partnership with the Department of Management Studies of the University of the West Indies, Mona offers a selected member of staff of the Nation Builder Award-winning company one three-year management studies scholarship to the institution.
Carolyn Wright, general manager of Rondel Village - the 2011 NBA Women in Business Awardee - said, "I have a framed photo of the trophy presentation which was sent to me by NCB, on display - together with the trophy - in the lobby of our hotel. And the guests are excited when they see it. The award has given our property good publicity which we would not have been able to afford otherwise."
2011 Impact Award (individual) winner, Guiseppe Maffessanti said: "The $200,000 cash prize which I received has helped a number of students at the Montego Bay Community College and a couple of basic schools."
Law student and prospective entrepreneur, Natalie Fletcher - and Master's degree student, Candice Carby were recipients of the 2011 NCB Vision Award - said they both considered the award to be a great financial investment in the business which they look forward to starting at the end of their current studies.
Applications for the 2012 NCB Nation Builder Awards are now open and will remain open until July 31. Application forms are available at any NCB branch islandwide and they can be downloaded from the website: www.jncb.com.
The NCB Nation Builder Awards programme was established to celebrate small and medium businesses which demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial performance and strong community impact.
CAPTION: John O. Minott (third left), managing director of Jamaica Standard Products Company Ltd - overall winner of the NCB Nation Builder Award 2011, receives two of his prizes: a Mitel Voice and Internet solution telephony system from Vaughn Powell (left), SME sales representative, LIME and Vennis Williamson (second left), head of department, SME Business Sales, LIME; while Mervyn Eyre (second right), president and CEO of Fuijitsu hands over a Notebook, assisted by Bernadette Barrow (right), assistant general manager, Small and Medium Enterprises, NCB. - Contributed
CAPTION: Brian Boothe (left), assistant general manager, corporate banking, western region, National Commercial Bank Ja Ltd, hands over a cheque for $200,000 to Guiseppe Maffessanti, the NCB Nation Builder Impact Award, Individual. - Contributed