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The Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Jamaica Pegasus.

The concept of this year’s programme will focus on non-private sector institutions which facilitate the development of private companies and entrepreneurship activities that contribute to Jamaica’s economic development.

The Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards programme was conceptualized to place emphasis on local businessmen and their enterprises by showcasing their journey and using them to impact others. The programme has been tremendously successful with approximately 100 individuals and businesses being nominated since its inception in 1996.

GraceKennedy Limited and the Hendrickson Group of Companies currently share the Business Leader Corporate Award when the theme was changed to recognize companies that made the greatest economic impact on Jamaica since or before 1962, in celebrating the country’s fiftieth year of independence last year.

Other past winners include Douglas Orane, GraceKennedy and Company (1992); Lascelles Chin, Lasco Distributors (2000); Vincent Chang, Tastee Limited (2002) and Denis O’Brien, Digicel (2009).

“The Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards programme has become one of the most identifiable and highly anticipated annual events,” said Natalie Chin-Watkins, Head of Advertising, Marketing and Communications at the Jamaica Observer. “We find great pleasure in recognizing businesses and their leaders for the tremendous effort they make in building our nation.”

Nominees of the 2012 Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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