The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture launched the 2017 Saint Lu­cia Busi­ness Awards on Thurs­day. 2017 will mark the 8th an­niver­sary of the award cer­e­mony in the cur­rent se­ries of pri­vate sec­tor premier awards which cel­e­brate busi­ness ex­cel­lence in Saint Lu­cia. The Busi­ness Awards Com­mit­tee is pleased to once again host the award cer­e­mony as the grand fi­nale event in Saint Lu­cia's Nobel Lau­re­ate Week.

In his re­marks, Busi­ness Awards Com­mit­tee Mem­ber Mr. Chris­tian Hus­bands high­lighted that the goal of the Saint Lu­cia Busi­ness Awards con­tin­ues to be re­ward­ing and cel­e­brat­ing top performing com­pa­nies within Saint Lu­cia's pri­vate sec­tor.

Hus­bands em­pha­sised that the Busi­ness Awards Com­mit­tee's in­ten­tion is to make com­ple­tion of en­tries rig­or­ous but not cumbersome and not de­pen­dent on the fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity of the ap­pli­cant. The Awards will con­tinue to demon­strate that size is no de­ter­rent to suc­cess as they fo­cus on cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lence through­out the Busi­ness Com­mu­nity. The Awards have brought pres­tige and at­ten­tion to win­ners and nom­i­nees over the years.

Sched­uled for Satur­day Jan­uary 28, 2017 the awards cer­e­mony will re­ward and cel­e­brate com­pa­nies that have made sig­nif­i­cant strides within Saint Lu­cia's pri­vate sec­tor. The ex­ist­ing four­teen award cat­e­gories will be main­tained: 1. Prime Min­is­ter's Award for In­no­va­tion 2. Award for Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence 3. En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award 4. Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award 5. Busi­ness of the Year Award 6. Ex­porter of the Year Award - Goods 7. Ex­porter of the Year Award - Ser­vices 8. Award for Ex­cel­lence in Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment 9. Award for Mar­ket­ing Ex­cel­lence 10. Award for Cor­po­rate Lead­er­ship 11. Award for Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity 12. Green Award 13. Idea of the Year Award 14. Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness Award

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Saint Lu­cia Busi­ness Awards are avail­able on the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce's web­site www.stlu­ci­acham­ber. org. Busi­nesses have eight weeks to make sub­mis­sions, the dead­line be­ing Novem­ber 24, 2016. Nom­i­nees will be an­nounced mid-De­cem­ber.

2017 will see mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity vy­ing to walk away with one of 14 pres­ti­gious awards.

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