Elna Schwartz, of Avis Van Rental, was the recipient of two awards - one as finalist of the Business Person of the Year and a Special Award for services rendered. With her are: Dr Willie Cilliers and Fanie van Rooyen (sponsor Nedbank business banking area manager).
GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - An emotional Elsie Harmse was named Business Person for 2015 at the George Business Chamber's (GBC) formal dinner on Friday 6 November.
Harmse was clearly touched to be honoured as the founder of Africa Skills Private College and for running a much needed artisan training centre in Thembalethu for eight years.
A cheerful Peggy Dlephu, of Peggy's Arts & Tours, was named Entrepreneur of the Year - this year women were clearly in the front row at the chamber awards.
An ebullient Dr Willie Cilliers, president of the GBC, clearly still on a high from having hosted the AHi Conference in George last month, announced the joint runners-up in the Business Person category as being Lisa Christie, of The Roof Handler, and Gericke Visser, of Town Lodge George. He emphasised the importance of training young, would-be entrepreneurs as South Africa will be dependent on small business and micro business start-ups for boosting the economy locally and nationally in future.
The chamber has been doing its fair share to offer training courses throughout the year and also held a Dragon's Den competition for young entrepreneurs during the AHi Conference.
Finalists in the Business Person category were: Jolindy Dreyer, of Creative Touch; Michelle Cawood-Van Vuuren, of ISP; Elna Schwartz, of Avis Van Rental (who was also given a special award for having hosted several Boerie Bash networking mornings); William Horner, of Carmel Guest Farm; Wilma Rademan, of Click on it; Jolien Saaiman, of the George Arts Theatre; and Jacques van der Merwe, of Hartland Broadcasting.
Special Awards in recognition for services rendered went to: Jolindy and Zac Dreyer and Bruce Middleton, of South Cape Net; as well as Morné Petersen, of EDENfm. They were thanked for their tremendous support of the GBC.
The runner-up in the GBC Entrepreneur of the Year category was Siyabonga Soxuza, of Casual Creative Culture; and Anele Ndzeku, of Coast Production, is the Youth Ambassador 2015.
The last two George Business Chamber meetings are on 26 November, when a network evening will be held at the Town Lodge, and on 1 December when a morning market networking event will be held at Protea Hotel King George.
The finalists and supporters of the George Business Chamber's awards evening were honoured for their contribution towards making 2015 a successful year. Lisa Christie (runner-up); Dr Willie Cilliers (GBC president); Elsie Harmse, of Africa Skills Private College (winner); and Gericke Visser, of Town Lodge-Garden Route Mall (runner-up). Back: Jolien Saaiman, of the Oakhurst Insurance George Theatre (finalist); Michelle Cawood-Van Vuuren, of ISP (finalist); Jolindy Dreyer (finalist); Elna Schwartz
The George Business Chamber Entrepreneur of 2015 Award was handed over to Peggy Dlephu of Peggy’s Arts & Tours on Friday night by Wendy Pio of die Burger and Fanie van Rooyen of Nedbank, the sponsors of the evening held at the King George Protea Hotel.
Elna Schwartz, of Avis Van Rental, is congratulated by George Herald Editor Ilse Schoonraad.
ARTICLE AND PHOTOS: PAULINE LOURENS, GEORGE HERALD - JOURNALIST
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