Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014

Guardian Group Best in Business Award 2014 – with entrepreneurs in mind

o'neilWILLEMSTAD – The Guardian Group Fatum is organizing, for the 7th year in a row, the Best in Business Award. This contest is meant for every entrepreneur who believes he or she is contributing, in a positive way, in the development of the island’s economy. The best business will receive 10.000 guilders in cash and much more, but more importantly, recognition by their customers and also free publicity, which can help boost their business.

Curacao Chronicle spoke with Mr. Marten O’Neil about the Best in Business Award. Mr. O’Neil is the Managing Director of Commerce for the Guardian Group Fatum in the Dutch Caribbean.

“The idea behind the Best in Business Award was for a big company like ours to share GuardianBiBAexpertise and ideas with smaller companies. Also to share management style principles, which we, here at Guardian Group Fatum, use every day. We share these with our clients and also entrepreneurs to see if they can use them and benefit from them in their businesses,” Mr. O’Neil said.

An entrepreneur is a linchpin of the economy. They help develop Curaçao, create jobs and to build the future of the island. Guardian Group Fatum encourages entrepreneurship and therefore they award an annual prestigious prize for the best entrepreneur of Curacao.

According to Mr. O’Neil, if the entrepreneurs are performing well, if their employees are working hard, it means that the economy will do well. And this is why we, as the Guardian Group Fatum, must give strength to these entrepreneurs to continue with their endeavors to develop themselves continuously.

“We work according to the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model. This is a so called Excellence Business Model, which we took over from Europe, but adapted to our system here in Curacao. This business style gives you guidelines to follow so your business can succeed,” O’Neil stated.

“One of the first things you need to have in this business style is a vision, followed by a strategy. You then need to plan and execute. In this phase you need to see what you should do and how to reach your goals. If it’s an entrepreneur with a small company, then he or she needs to do this by themselves. Guardian Group Fatum wants to see that process. We want to see how you deal with your clients and your employees. We want to know how you use your employees. Do you talk to them about the company? Do you talk to them about what you are doing? Can they give you feedback? Do you give them the opportunity to develop themselves?”

“Another aspect we look for is what you are doing for the community. Are you a company that gives back to the community? This is extremely important.”

Interested companies can sign up on the Guardian Group Fatum’s website until April 6, 2014. The questionnaire consists of 15 questions and is written in English. It will take about 20 minutes to fill out. Participating companies will be assessed by D & I Business Support Services.

guardianThe 10 companies, which are in the highest stages of growth, will continue to the next round. The 10 nominees are judged by a professional jury. The jury is composed of a representative of the Innovation Center, Ernst & Young, Korpodeko, Curacao Business Association (VBC), Action Coach, Guardian Group Fatum and D & I Business Support Services. 5 companies will advance to the finals. These finalists will be further assessed, including a company visit, and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

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