Business Pioneers Honoured


Some of the businesses that were started decades ago, and are still around were honoured on 29 February during the Business of the Year ceremony.

During the event that was held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium the entrepreneurs that founded well known enduring enterprises were fittingly honoured, many posthumously.

Among the honourees was the late Mr. Joseph O’Neal, who opened a pharmacy in 1937, and whose legacy continues to this day under the trademark Joma Properties Ltd.

Mr. Noel ‘Bobby’ Leonard who founded Bobby’s Supermarket, which is currently operated by his son, Mr. Elton Leonard was also honoured. Similarly, Mr. Randolph ‘Mose’ Malone was recognized for founding VI Block which remains in existence today.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thomas were recognized for establishing Clarence Thomas Ltd which continues to thrive under the management of their children.

“How many of you knew that it was the name of the bakery” the audience at the event was asked as the Central Bakery, formerly Josh Bakery was honoured. Both the current owners of Central Bakery were acknowledged along with founder Mr. Joshua Smith.

Some of the other businesses / entrepreneurs that were honoured included: Mrs Clover Anthony of Clover’s; Mrs Emogene Creque the founder of E.A Creque Store; Roland Hodge the founder of the Bargain Center; Dr. Q. William Osborne the founder of Qwomar Trading; Mr. Harold Vanterpool the founder of Vanterpool Enterprises; Ms. Maria Dawson the founder of Maria’s By The Sea; Mr. Howard Penn the founder of H.R Penn Store; among others.

Director of Trade, Investment, Promotion and Consumer Affairs, Mrs. Karia Christopher explained that this was just the start of the honours and that there are many other businesses that will be recognized.