Details of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards will be released shortly.
Today, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling all entertainers to attend an audition to perform at this year’s Business Excellence Awards.
If you are a singer or dancer, or if you are soloist or in a group this is your chance to perform at the most prestigious awards event to take place in Honiara!
To register your interest call Qeto on 7619489 now!
Auditions will take place at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino from 10am to 12pm on Friday 16th September 2016.
Not everyone who auditions will be chosen.
If you are chosen to perform at the event, you will be paid for your services.
No food, drinks or payment will be provided for the audition.
13 September 2016
SISBEC builds marketing with Chamber of Commerce
Word travels fast.
Yes, very effective for a small Honiara city. For petty talks that is.
But according to Mr Ben Nginabule, manager of the Solomon Island Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC), the old way of getting word around is so far their most effective marketing strategy.
Mr Nginabule who has been managing the business centre for the last five years, revealed that the organisation’s most successful marketing approach is by “word”.
The Manager revealed this in an interview with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on the organisation’s marketing methods. SICCI has collaborated with SISBEC in the past and will continue to do so in facilitating targeted trainings for its members.
The manager said a recent study done on those that have undertaken training with the centre revealed that most of them got to know about SISBEC informally, or have heard it from friends.
This is probably hinged on SISBEC’s many years in operation and the wide network they have developed with many stakeholders including the business community, government and NGOs.
SISBEC has come a long way into establishing its own reputation.
Incorporated in 1998, to be exact.
From a donor-funded organisation to until just over two years ago, SISBEC has transformed itself into being a self-sustained profit-making organisation with a steady climb of intakes and staff.
Mr Nginabule agrees it could be time to step up their marketing methods.
SISBEC is still without a website and their Facebook is slowly but positively gaining progress.
The organisation’s only sales activity in the mainstream market is by a newspaper advertisement that comes out twice a week in Solomon Star. This is topped up by the frequent distribution of brochures – and of course spreading the word.
SICCI this week offered to assist SISBEC in its social media platforms by marketing the training courses that SISBEC offered in the SICCI website. “Social media is still something we are looking into,” Nginabule admits, but pleased with SICCI’s offer.
The partnership would build a link for SICCI’s members who may be interested in SISBEC’s training services.
It also provides a platform for the public to access online information regarding SISBEC’s training opportunities.
SISBEC services include trainings on SYOB (start your own business), marketing and customer service, business plan writing, book keeping, costing and pricing, internal control, financial management and prep & interpretation of financial reports.
SICCI’s CEO Mr Meone said he hopes the website initiative will assist SISBEC’s marketing strategy and help spread the word.
“One of SICCI’s main objectives is to promote small business enterprises (SMEs) either through facilitating trainings but also providing a platform where SMEs can promote their products and services.
“SMEs remain critical to the growth of our economy and it is vital that we provide them with opportunities to grow, but at the same time assist in any way to market their products such as through online marketing. Perhaps the fact that people can now easily access the internet makes it ideal for businesses to go online,” said Mr Meone.
SISBEC has a capacity to take in up to 25 students at a time with the engagement of seven qualified trainers.
Their office and training room is located at the Anthony Saru Building, Level 2, in Point Cruz, Honiara.
30 August 2016
Since May 2016 Renee Carter has been working with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry(SICCI)to develop a media and communications strategy highlighting the advocacy activities of the Chamber. Renee is a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International which is funded by the Australian Government.
During the past four months working with the Chamber, Renee has been delighted with the opportunity to meet many people from businesses who are members of the Chamber and the wider business community during BA5 events, the joint SISBEC and SICCI open day and the SIWIBA awards night.
“It has been very interesting meeting with a variety of business people from different industries. I see lots of potential for Solomon Islands businesses and hope I might get to return and see their achievements in the years to come.”
“It has been an exciting time to be at the Chamber being able to work alongside a new local CEO Dennis Meone and colleagues, especially getting to work closely and hand over the role into the very capable hands of Ernest Ta’asi, our new Media &Communications Officer.”
Ernest will lead SICCI’s communications strategy and SICCI’s engagement with the media fraternity and stakeholders going forward. Ernest worked for the Island Sun Newspaper over the last six years and has a strong working relationship with the media community.
Since joining the team a fortnight ago Ernest has hit the ground running working to highlight the activities of the Chamber.
“With Ernest on board SICCI has a strong team to continue advocating for and helping to create an environment conducive to business and build the future prosperity of the Solomon Islands” said CEO Dennis Meone.
Over the past months, Renee has filled a huge gap in the organisation’s media department including restructuring a newer communication strategy for SICCI and initiating big upcoming projects for the organisation’s visibility and growth.
Ernest says he feels very lucky to have been able to work with Renee over the past two weeks. “I’ve learnt a lot from Renee during the short time I had with her, and what she built here with SICCI has saved me a lot of work and time during hand over.”
CEO Meone further acknowledged Renee’s engagement.
“SICCI has been fortunate to have someone like Renee in the media and communications department. Renee’s work has been outstanding, and she has set a very good establishment for our new media officer to follow.”
“We are thankful for the time we had with Renee and wish her all the best after she leaves us.”
26 August 2016
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) applauds the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) for setting up a tariff review committee – the first of its kind to include and engage the private sector community.
The committee will consist of members from SIPA, a representative from the private sector through SICCI and an official from the Economic Reform Unit (ERU) in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.
It is envisaged that the Committee will review the current ports tariff and will make recommendations to the SIPA Board for possible changes to be made and implemented as of 1 October 2016.
SICCI will be represented by board member Mr Andrew Kerr, General Manager of the Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palm Limited (GPPOL).
Mr Kerr says he looks forward to work with the committee members and to bring private sector perspectives to help inform the committee.
In a press statement today SICCI’s CEO, Mr Dennis Meone commended the State Owned Enterprise’s (SOE) commitment to include the private sector in the review.
“We welcome the opportunity to be consulted and be part of the review. This initiative shows willingness of the government and the SIPA board and management to liaise with the broader business community,” says Mr Meone.
SICCI’s Chairman Mr Jay Bartlett also shares the same sentiments expressing gratitude to SIPA and the government for engaging with the private sector.
“Our participation is important as it will help inform the committee on private sector perspective,” says Mr Bartlett.
“Our stance has always been to ensure that any tariff changes has to be fair to importers and exporters in that it is actually encouraging businesses to grow than inhibiting growth.
“The current ports tariff is the highest in the region and directly affects businesses, especially importers and exporters as they have to pay more on top of what should be the normal price, let along the need for improvement of operations at the ports.”
The tariffs at the ports was increased twice within twelve months.
When put into context, the macroeconomic implications of the price increase was detrimental to the economic opportunities and activities from happening.
Many major project and infrastructure plans were put on hold, limiting the opportunities for jobs to be created, goods and services to be timely distributed and restricting further revenue collection for the government.
“As a country we have missed opportunities to generate more economic activities for the growth,” says Bartlett.
The Committee is expecting its first meeting at the start of September.