Recognizes a Woman or Youth or PWD Owned small business that has demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, resilience and impact.
2. Female-Owned Small Business of the Year Award
Recognizes a Woman or Group of Women Owned Small Business that has demonstrated a track record of growth, innovation, and resilience.
3. Youth-Owned Small Business of the Year Award
Recognizes a Youth or Group of Youth Owned Small Business that has demonstrated a track record of growth, innovation, and resilience.
4. The Youngest Small Business Owner of the Yearof the Year Award
Recognizes an outstanding entrepreneur who has started and successfully run a small business at a young age. This award aims to inspire and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young people, and to recognize their achievements in business despite their age.
5. Fastest Growing Small Business Award
Recognizes a Woman or Youth Owned small business that has demonstrated exceptional growth in revenue, customer base, and market share..
6. AfCFTA Award
Recognizes a Woman or Youth Owned small business that has demonstrated success in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by exporting products to countries within the AfCFTA. Note: the objective of the AfCFTA is to significantly boost intra-Africa trade, particularly trade in value-added production and trade across all sectors of Africa’s economy.
7. Sustainability Award
Recognizes a Woman or Youth Owned small business that has implemented sustainable practices and has demonstrated a commitment to environmental and social responsibility.
8. Diversity and inclusion Award
Recognizes an organization that has shown commitment in supporting Small Businesses owned by People Living with Disability, Widows, Victims of Gender-Based Violence or other underrepresented groups.
9. Community Impact Award
Recognizes an organization that has shown commitment in supporting Small Businesses to make a positive impact in their local community, such as by creating jobs, supporting local causes, promoting economic development, addressing social or environmental issues.
10. Most Supportive County
Recognizes a county that has demonstrated exceptional support to Small Businesses by promoting economic growth, providing opportunities, and improving the business environment.
11. Bank of the Year award
Recognizes a bank that has demonstrated exceptional support to small businesses. This award acknowledges a bank that has provided innovative products and services, excellent customer service, and has helped small businesses grow and thrive.
12. Logistics Provider of the Year
Recognizes a provider that has demonstrated exceptional support to small businesses by providing innovative Logistics services, and excellent customer service.
13. Payment Provider of the Year Award
Recognizes a payment provider that has excelled in serving the needs of small businesses by providing innovative payment services, and excellent customer service.
14. Marketing & Branding Services Provider of the Year Award
Recognizes a Marketing & Branding Services Provider that has excelled in serving the needs of small businesses by offering a range of services to help them improve their branding and marketing efforts.
15. Supporter of the Year
Recognizes an individual, organization, or entity for their exceptional support and advocacy for small businesses. Small businesses are critical to the economy, and those who go above and beyond to provide resources, mentorship, funding, and other support to help small businesses succeed deserve recognition.
16. Media House Award
This recognition is given to a media house that has demonstrated exceptional coverage and support for small businesses. Small businesses play a critical role in the economy, and those who provide insightful and informative coverage of the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses deserve recognition. The purpose of the award is to highlight the importance of small businesses and the role that media can play in promoting their success.
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