Yesterday was the 6th Edition of the Brilliant Lebanese Awards (BLA), organized as a gala at the Casino du Liban, and in the presence of high-level guests from the political, economic, social, and media sectors.
The event was organized in line with BLC Bank’s mission of wanting to support the women economic participation, as well as small and medium enterprises in the region. The BLA, first launched in 2012, is held every year with the aim of honoring entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a personal commitment to their business and community.
Participating in these awards is very beneficial. The selected finalists will profit from recognition and exposure due to their numerous appearances on the media. They will be learning and developing new skills while attending an in-depth seminar. In addition to that, the awards give finalists the opportunity to reassess their business’s vision and strategy, and receive valuable coaching and mentoring from the professional 13-jury members.
Submitted applications underwent a pre-selection process by the BLA Committee with 6 finalists selected for each category and based on four criteria: creativity, financial feasibility, sustainability and scalability, and corporate social responsibility. The first category is the Business Of The Year Award, where the award goes to profitable businesses. The second category is the Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, intended for women-led profitable businesses. The winners of each category received a financial reward of $300,000. In addition to those prizes, the People’s Choice Award awarded a $5.000 cash prize to the most popular project presented during an online competition.
The jury included representatives from Kafalat S.A.L., LAU, the Central Bank, Berytech, the IFC, Endeavor Lebanon, the Lebanese League for Women in Business LLWB, and BLC Bank, as well as prominent entrepreneurs.
The 6 finalists for the Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year Award were Dent De Lait’s Lamice Joujou, Appelite’s Nivine Bachir, AURA Headpieces’ Carolina Chammas, Nada G’s Nada Ghazal, Sabine Mazloum’s jewelry business, and Les Ateliers De Rififi’s Claudine Mohbat. Finalists for the Business Of The Year Award were Myki’s Priscilla Elora Sharuk, Spectronite’s Georges El-Aily, Game Cooks’ Lebnan Nader, L’ART-QUI-TECTE’s Mohamad Ali Beydoun, International School of Innovation’s Mohamad Watf, and Frem’s David Frem.
After almost an hour of deliberations, the jury members graded the finalists before announcing the winners. The Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year Award went to Nada Ghazal, who designs and produces jewelry pieces. The Business Of The Year Award went to Georges El-Aily’s Spectronite, a business whose activity revolves around designing and producing high-capacity, long-range microwave systems in order to aid the telecom sector. And finally, the People’s Choice Award went to Mohamad Ali Baydoun whose business, L’ART-QUI-TECTE is a brand activation agency.