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DEWI@SMCCI Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs

The women’s wing of SMCCI, DEWI@SMCCI hosted its first event of the year, Influence-Her on 31st March 2019. Co-organised by RoseValley and held at the Joyden Hall, the sold-out event saw a total of 350 attendees.

Hosted by Fiza O, the exciting programme started off with an inspiring presentation by Miss Rachel Lim, co-founder of homegrown Womenswear label, Love, Bonito and was followed by the highly anticipated Keynote speech by renowned Celebpreneur, Miss Noor Neelofa, founder of international brand Naelofar Hijab.

This was followed with a panel discussion where attendees had the opportunity to pose questions to the panel of successful entrepreneurs comprising of Miss Rachel Lim, Celebrity Chef Siti Mastura Alwi, Principal Consultant at SSA Culinary Institute and Miss Suryanie Ismail, founder of Yummy Takoyaki.

The highlight of the night was the specially curated awards segment, which serves to recognise the accomplishments and business journeys of the businesswomen in DEWI@SMCCI. A total of 6 awards, Most Influential Womanpreneur, Most Compassionate Womanpreneur, Most Promising Newcomer, Dewipreneur, Home-based Womanpreneur and Most Popular Womanpreneur were given out by President of the Republic of Singapore, Mdm Halimah Yaacob to 16 deserving individuals.

Chairman of Dewi@SMCCI, Mdm Fadilah Abdul Majid highlighted that the key objective of the event is to celebrate and cast the spotlight on the growing number of women entrepreneurs. She said “We believe that this event is an ideal platform to recognise the journeys and successes of these entrepreneurs who often play pivotal roles both in the office and at home. The awards presented tonight celebrate women who have shown success both in the world of business, as well as in other important areas such as the community at large.

She also shared the reason behind the name Influence-Her. To influence is to be inspired by someone who affects or changes the way other people behave, and we could not think of anyone who can do this better than us women.”

Ms Hanan Helme Al-Johary shares how she finds the event. She said, “It was an amazing event. I love how the event is segregated and how it shows appreciation to those who have been in the business industry”.

Owner of Asyura Paste and winner of the Dewipreneur Award echoes the same sentiment. “The event was a success. Award events like this will motivate us entrepreneurs to work even harder and I hope to see more of such events that gives recognition to entrepreneurs.”

Building a Future-Ready Workforce

SMCCI held a dialogue session with Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Manpower, Mr Zaqy Mohamad, where manpower issues were discussed in light of the tightened foreign worker quota.
SMCCI members were given an opportunity to voice out their concerns and understand how their business can leverage on the various manpower-related schemes available.

Dewan Connect

 SMCCI hosted the second session of Dewan Connect, an inter-cluster networking initiative. Similar to its first session, this session was well-received by SMCCI members as it provided them with a valuable platform to gain leads and exchange referrals with members from various clusters such as Halal F & B, Construction and Facilities, Creative and Arts, Education, Fashion and Consultancy.

Keep a lookout for the next Dewan Connect session if you are interested to establish business contacts and accelerate your business’ growth!

Inspire@ Dewan

We were pleased to welcome the new members of SMCCI through the first Inspire @ Dewan for the year!

The session acts as a platform for our new members to broaden their networking circle and know how they can leverage on SMCCI for their business’ growth.

SMCCI in Conversation: Mapping the 2019 Business Landscape

It was certainly a fruitful dialogue session with the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mayor, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman and Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Manpower, Mr Zaqy Mohamad. Attendees had the opportunity to raise and share their concerns on the national and regional business front.

Dubai Business Mission

Supported by Enterprise Singapore and facilitated by Torch Group Pte Ltd, SMCCI organised a 4-day business mission to Dubai from 13th to 16th January 2019.

Mr Dainial Sani Lim, Board Member of SMCCI and mission leader, led the 7-member strong business delegation. The business delegation comprises company representatives from Food and Beverage (F&B) and consultancy industries.

Some of the key places the delegates visited include 1004 Gourmet, an Asian marketplace, allowing them to understand the UAE’s import regulations concerning Asian goods. A meeting with the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres was arranged for the delegates to gain exposure to the Retail sector in Dubai. The delegates also went on a tour to the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) where they had the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation offered by the representative from RAKEZ.


It was certainly a productive session where members had the opportunity to raise their concerns and provide feedback on how SMCCI can help to propel the Malay/Muslim enterprises forward. Members were also able to benefit with a preview of the economy in 2019 as well as SMCCI’s plan for the coming year. 
Such engagement sessions are important as it provides a platform for members to contribute their suggestions and allows SMCCI to better align upcoming programmes to their businesses’ needs.