Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation (SME Corp) has launched the 20th edition of its annual award programme, Enterprise 50 (E50), which aims to promote and showcase companies which have remained competitive and resilient in facing current global economic challenges.
E50 is supported by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti), and jointly-organised by SME Corp Malaysia and Deloitte, together with committed strategic partners such as Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF), RHB Bank Bhd, Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), Media Prima Bhd and Malaysia SME.
It is a highly-coveted accolade which spotlights achievements in entrepreneurship in companies which have managed to remain relevant in the business environment.
An E-book titled A Guidebook on SME Initiatives 2017 was also launched, and will be made available soon as a reference guide on programmes and initiatives for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
A new “SME market” was also established to help SMEs gain access to funding to accelerate their growth and expansion, as well as to serve as the impetus to strive harder to boost their full potential.
The listing will also allow SMEs to enhance their performances, finances and management practices in order to meet market requirements.
A special award category for women-owned companies, called the E50 Women Entrepreneur Award, has also been announced, in the hopes of spurring greater female participation in business.
The E50 nomination period runs from April 6 to June 16, 2017. Winners will be announced on Nov 17, 2017.