Under the Open Competition category, N.G. Manjula Nishantha – Managing Director of Malindu Dairies Ltd., Angunukolapelessa, G.B. Nimal Premathilaka – Managing Director of Hambantota Ruhunu Bakers Ltd., Hambantota, D.K. Ganegamage – Managing Director of Ruhunu Motor Engineering, Hambantota, and K.K. Priyantha Saman Kumara – Proprietor of Micro Agro Products, Beliatta were awarded as the Best Entrepreneurs (Gold winners), representing the Extra Large, Large, Medium and Small Scale Businesses respectively.
Under the Open Competition category, M. Chaminda – Managing Director of Dumindu Industries Ltd., Hambantota, G. Mallikaarachchi – Proprietor of Mallikaarachchi Furniture Palace, Hambantota, and A.A. Sanath Kumara – Proprietor of Sanath Auto Electricals, Hambantota were awarded as the Best Entrepreneurs (Silver winners), representing the Extra Large, Large and Medium Scale Businesses respectively.
Further, according to the Business Category winners, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up were selected and 13 plaques were bestowed.
Commercial Agriculture Sector – Medium Scale – W. Gunasena, Proprietor of Sooriyawewa Agriculture Farm
Agro Based Production Sector - Medium Scale – G.M. Abeysekara, Proprietor of Matara Rice Mill, Sooriyawewa
Industries Sector – Medium Scale – D.G. Saman Kumara, Proprietor of SK Apparel, Walasmulla
Wholesale & Retail Sector – Medium Scale – D.B.T.C. De Silva, Proprietor of Tharanga Studio, Tissamaharama
Wholesale & Retail Sector – Large Scale – S. Abeysooriya, Proprietor of Malsha Fashion, Beliatta
Hotel & Tourism Sector – Medium Scale – S.J. Mannakkara, Proprietor of Nugasewana Eden, Tangalle
1st Runner up: Agro Based Production Sector – Medium Scale – K.G.A.C.Sudarshani, Proprietor of Chamila Yoghurt, Tissamaharama
Wholesale & Retail Sector – Medium Scale – Ruhunu Ramasinghe, Proprietor of Ruhunu Mobile the phone Shop, Middeniya
Wholesale & Retail Sector – Large Scale – L.B.W. Sujith Rohitha, Proprietor of Shellview Motors & Service Centre, Tissamaharama
Hotel & Tourism Sector – Medium Scale – A.P. Ajith Priyantha, Proprietor of Ajith Safari Jeep Tours, Tissamaharama
2nd Runner up – Agro Based Production Sector – Medium Scale – R.H.M.D. Wijenayaka, Proprietor of Sewana Lanka Products, Ambalantota
Wholesale & Retail Sector – Medium Scale – K.G.A. Mano Chandrawansa, Proprietor of Mano Auto Service, Walasmulla
Wholesale & Retail Sector – Large Scale – T.G. Asanka, Proprietor of T.G. Brothers, Middeniya
The gold awards for the Best Women entrepreneur and the Best Youth entrepreneur of the year were won by K.G.A.C. Sudarshani – Proprietor of Chamila Yoghurt, Tissamaharama and A.A. Sanath Kumara –Proprietor of Sanath Auto Electricals Hambantota respectively.
The Silver awards for the Best Women Entrepreneur and the Best Youth Entrepreneur of the Year –W.M. Sriyani – Proprietor of Shellview Paint House, Tissamaharama and Malith Gunarathna- Managing Director of PC Systems Tech Mart Ltd., Tissamaharama respectively.
The Merit awards for the Best Women Entrepreneur and the Best Youth Entrepreneur of the Year were won by T.M. Subadra Rohini-Director of Rasika Fashion Park Ltd. and W.W.A. Ajith Prasanna Kumara-Proprietor of Dinith Offset Printers, Hambantota respectively.
A special session was held to award honorary membership of HDCC and to recognise Hambantota District entrepreneurs who had been recognised recently with awards at national and international level. Honorary membership of HDCC awarded to D.B.W. Manamperi, Founder, Manamperi Stores Ltd. and Kumaruni Wickramasooriya, Chairperson, Navajeevana in Tangalle.
H.L. Duminda Sanjeewa – Proprietor of Pasan Concrete Works, Hambantota – Best Youth Entrepreneur at TOP 20 Sri Lankan Youth Coronation Ceremony in 2013 organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development and National Youth Services Council.
Shiran Chathuranga – Owner of Sun Clean Auto Service, Hungama – Winner of Best Young Technician and 1st Runner of Best Young Entrepreneur at TOP 20 Sri Lankan Youth coronation Ceremony in 2013 organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development and National Youth Services Council.
W.T.D. Sujith Kumara – owner of WTK Fiber Mill & Coco Peat Lanka Ltd., Weeraketiya – Winner of Coir and Coir Products Sector at Shilpa 2012 organised by Sri Lanka Small Industries Development Ministry and Lanka Industrial Development Board.