GEORGE NEWS - At a gala dinner on 25 October the George Business Chamber will be honouring those men and women who have made a difference in the business world and in the lives of others during this year.
Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier will be the guest speaker. The George Herald and Absa are among the sponsors of the event.
The four categories for 2019 are:
- Business Person of the Year
- Woman Change Agent of the Year
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Youth Ambassador of the Year
In the run-up to the event, the George Herald looks back on some of the past winners of the Business Person of the Year.
Business Person 2016
From a small beginning in 2007, with only one vehicle and three employees, to a company with a fleet of several different trucks, TLB machinery and bakkies, and 70 employees. That is the journey of Grow Green Organics. The company was started, and is still owned, by Michael du Plessis, Business Person of the Year in 2016.
The company provides, among others, 25 different gardening products. Grow Green garden products are available to the public at Grow Green Organics in George as well as several other local suppliers such as Builders Express, Agri branches in George, Mossel Bay and Riversdale, and several nurseries in the Garden Route area.
They are well known for being the only provider of a registered, SABS approved, organic mulch mushroom compost in the Garden Route area.
Grow Green Organics also has an earthworks department, Grow Green Planthire Solution. This business provides TLB machines, flatbed trucks, tipper trucks and long distance trucks for rental in the Garden Route. All vehicles are driven by experienced, highly qualified drivers and skilled operators.
Du Plessis says quality service and client care are important for growth, as are hard work, being aware of the demand in the market and being prepared for any opportunity. He is thankful for the support of his clients and loyal staff.
He also won the Entrepreneur of the Year category in 2014. Being the Business Person of the Year 2016 had a positive impact on his business. It meant more indirect advertising and people being aware of the company and its services and products.
Du Plessis encourages other business people to participate. "It means a lot to be able to hang the award against one's wall. It is a daily motivation. With hard work and quality service any small business can become big and successful.
"You have to be an active part of your business, know every little detail and be part of the production in every way. Do not stop working, be aware of your market and don't miss opportunities. We need to look after our small businesses and support one another."
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