by AKMAR ANNAUR / pic courtesy of PKNS
THE first Selangor Entrepreneur Expo 2022 (Selbiz 2022) which concluded on Sept 4 saw 149 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors.
Entrepreneurs in the food and beverage (F&B) industry took up the majority of the exhibitors’ slots at 48%, followed by the retail industry with 28% and the remaining from the service industry.
Selangor State Development (PKNS) deputy CEO Suhaimi Kasdon (centre) said it was PKNS’ commitment to provide a platform of comprehensive resources for these entrepreneurs to thrive in their business.
Selbiz 2022 was an extension of PKNS’ entrepreneurial programmes such as Program Perintis Usahawan, Program Tunas Niaga, Program Usahawan Mahasiswa and Program Usahawan Siswazah (Grow).
Selbiz 2022 participant Saiful Azlan Ramli who is the MD of Susu Irfan said business advice from industry players under PKNS’ Grow programme helped his business navigate through the economic challenges.
“Susu Irfan in recent years has managed to penetrate a new market in Indonesia. Equipped with knowledge gained from the programme, we now know the tips and tricks for better financial management, reducing the risk of loss in new markets,” he said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Sambaleena CMO Ezlyn Wahida Khalid was grateful for the networking opportunity under the programme which brought in more business collaborations and experience in direct-dealing with customers.
“Sambaleena started as a home-based business in 2014. We are very fortunate to have grown significantly over the past years as we started to explore more business strategies with PKNS.
“With the business continuing to expand, Sambaleena is looking forward to helping more people, especially women, to gain financial stability and independence through entrepreneurship,” she said.
Sugar Dinda founder Waliyyah Silong Taib said having started her business amid the pandemic, she navigated her way through the concentrated F&B industry by padding up business strategy.
Waliyyah revealed that her business revenue increased by 87.5% after joining the Grow programme.
Lastly, Halim Asmuni Enterprise founder Abdul Halim Asmuni said PKNS has helped his business remain competitive in the fashion industry amid challenges, contributing to his growth as an entrepreneur.
“As Halim Asmuni is expanding, it is also part of our aim to share industry knowledge that we have gained with university students through internship placements,” he said.
In line with its commitment to promote the state’s socio-economic growth, to date, PKNS has nurtured over 41,000 business-owners through its programmes.