Micro and small businesses (MSMEs) in Malaysia are vital to the economy, making up more than 95% of businesses, contributing 38% to the nation’s annual GDP, and employing more than 7 million Malaysians. Yet the sector is also the one that struggles the most during tough times, as highlighted during the recent lockdowns that saw thousands of small businesses cease operations.
While external factors play a role, leadership often determines the success and longevity of a business, especially small and medium businesses founded on passion and vision, and led by solo entrepreneurs or small teams operating on limited resources and budget. The quality of leadership has a bigger impact in smaller organisations than in larger companies with established structures and teams.
The PLF SME Leaders Programme 2022 highlights successful leadership traits and practices among MSME leaders while at the same time facilitating knowledge and idea-sharing for mutual enrichment. The programme also features information sessions on the support and aid available to the MSME sector. This event will pack CEO Spotlights, Breakout Sessions, and Info Briefs into a unique one-day in-person programme in Putrajaya.
Admission is free but seats are limited.
8.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesday, 25th May 2022 (Refreshments will be provided)
Perdana Leadership Foundation,
No.1, Jalan P8H, Precinct 8, Putrajaya Google Maps | Waze
Who Should Attend
Aspiring and Present Micro, Small, and Medium Business Owners and Leaders
Due to SOPs, there are a limited number of seats available so do register early, and if you are unable to attend, please cancel your seat reservation.
|8:30 AM||30 mins||Coffee & Networking|
|8:45 AM||35 mins|
Welcome Address by YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Perdana Leadership Foundation.
|9:20 AM||45 mins|
CEO Spotlight “Building a Successful Long-lasting Business” with Q&A
Speaker 1: Puan Saliza Abdullah, CEO, BG Capital Holdings Sdn Bhd
|10:05 AM||40 mins|
Time-Block A: Parallel Breakout Sessions I, II, III
Breakout Session I: “Traits of Successful Entrepreneurship” with Puan Saliza Abdullah, CEO, BG Capital Holdings Sdn Bhd
|10:45 AM||15 mins||Coffee Break|
|11:00 AM||1 hour 15 mins|
Special Dialogue Session with YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Perdana Leadership Foundation
|12:15 PM||1 hour 30 mins||Lunch|
|1:45 PM||45 mins|
CEO Spotlight “Building Cash Reserves for Resilience”
Speaker 1: Mr Wong Kah Meng, Co-founder and CEO, Funding Societies Malaysia
|2:30 PM||20 mins|
Talk: “Funding Options & Grants for MSMEs”
Mr Rizal Nainy, CEO, SME Corporation Malaysia
|2:50 PM||40 mins|
Parallel Breakout Sessions I, II, III
Breakout Session I: “Traits of Successful Entrepreneurship” with Mr Arthur Lai, Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK)
|3:30 PM||15 mins||Coffee Break|
|3:45 PM||45 mins|
CEO Spotlight “Challenges in Innovation” with Q&A
Speaker 1: Mr Azlan Shah Alladin, Founder, Kelava
|4:30 PM||20 mins|
Talk: “Digitalisation: How-To for MSMEs”
Mr Mohd Redzuan Affandi bin Abdul Rahim, Director, Digital Adoption Department, Digital Economy Ecosystem Division, MDeC
|4:50 PM||40 mins|
Closing Session with Remarks by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia and Honorary President, Perdana Leadership Foundation
Token of Appreciation to Sponsors by YBhg Tan Sri Nik Mohamed Nik Yaacob, Executive Director, Perdana Leadership Foundation
|5:30 PM||Refreshments & End|
|Parallel Breakout I||Traits of Successful Entrepreneurship|
|Parallel Breakout II||Financing for Expansion|
|Parallel Breakout III||Nurturing Talent & Innovation for Growth|
Ever wondered how other business leaders navigated their businesses through turbulent times and are still standing strong? The CEO Spotlight will host micro and small business leaders in conversations that will unearth the lessons learned and pointers forward for inspiration and practical take-aways.
“Go digital” is the catchphrase flung like confetti to small business owners during the pandemic lockdowns but the question is where and how do you start? This talk demystifies the process and presents a simple starting point for small businesses that will not stretch an already over-stretched budget.
Where business is concerned, money is the lifeblood of enterprise. Your business won’t be able to expand if its bank balance is anorexic. The general understanding is that there seem to be slim pickings where financing is concerned for micro- and small businesses, but is this really the case? This breakout session will have you comparing notes with, and picking up leads on financing options as well as how to increase your chances of obtaining funding.
It’s not just money that seeds growth, businesses need people and R&D, too. Talent management that results in higher retention of staff saves cost in the long run, and even tiny enterprises need to innovate to stand out from the pack and generate higher sales. How can resource-limited businesses implement talent management and invest in R&D? Find out how other business leaders do it in this session, and compare notes.
Our event is open to present and aspiring business owners and leaders. Admission is free but seats are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.
If you have reserved a seat but are unable to attend, please cancel your attendance or let us know firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can allocate your seat to someone else.
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How to get to the event venue
We are situated in the nation’s administrative heart of Putrajaya, 20 minutes from KL International Airport and 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.
Perdana Leadership Foundation
No 1, Jalan P8H, Precinct 8, 62250,
Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan
Perdana Leadership Foundation or
Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana
The nearest rail stop is the ERL station at Precinct 7, a 10-minute drive away from our Foundation. The ERL goes from KL Sentral to KLIA2, with a stop at Putrajaya.
Perdana Leadership Foundation (Co. No. 200301002222 (604642-u))
Perdana Leadership Foundation was chartered in January 2003 as a non-profit organisation, founded with gifts from people who supported the vision of a thriving research and learning institution dedicated to the study of Malaysian leadership and nation-building. It is unique in the sense that it began as an entirely private sector initiative, seed-funded and organised by private sector individuals and corporations. Most of the Foundation’s present trustees were the early benefactors of this Foundation.
The Foundation’s physical home in Precinct 8, Putrajaya, was completed in October 2003. The stately building now houses the Perdana Library, an auditorium as well as a multi-purpose hall in addition to the offices of the Foundation’s Honorary President, Malaysia’s 4th and 7th Prime Minister, YABhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
A tax-exempt, non-profit organisation, the Foundation intends to become the premier institution for the study of Malaysia’s Prime Ministers and the central resource centre for research into national stewardship as well as a platform for reflection, debate, and discussion with distinguished figures in Malaysian leadership.
The Perdana Leadership Foundation was officially launched on the 10th May 2005, by Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Visit our website at www.perdana.org.my
Perdana Leadership Foundation aims to:
Highlight the contributions of Malaysia’s past Prime Ministers in the social, economic and political development of the nation.
Create awareness of the development process of the nation and draw lessons from the nation’s history to enhance future development.
Become the premier resource centre for the policies, strategies and initiatives adopted under Malaysia’s various Prime Ministers which may be used and adapted by other developing nations.
The Foundation also has a broader objective i.e. to promote global understanding by providing a channel for scholars and thinkers to undertake research and idea-sharing for lasting, peaceful resolutions.