In their finest attire, around 500 guests reflecting the multi-cultural make-up of the Midlands, attended the Black Country Asian Business Association Awards.
Hosted by Nikki Bedi, presenter on BBC Asian Network, the function was held at Dunstall Park, Britain's first floodlit horse racing track, on Friday night. There were cheers and tears as the names of winners were announced following a three-course Indian meal.
Sukhdeep Chana, a 28-year-old young female entrepreneur, of Lower Penn, Wolverhampton, scooped two awards: Business of the Year and Business Start-Up. Ms Chana, of Property Centre, hails from a business oriented family with traditional Asian values.
She has seen her portfolio of 100 managed and 30 unmanaged commercial and residential properties turnover nearly £500,000 in her first year of trading and expects to hit the £1 million mark in the next year.
Ms Chana said: "Whatever you want to achieve in life, you should do on your own merits." She added: "You only truly appreciate what you have when you have achieved it yourself."
Another young female entrepreneur, Rosy Banger, a solicitor from Walsall, was named Young Entrepreneur. Ms Banger, who works for Hadens, runs the Walsall Conveyance club. The Community Excellence award went to Jasbir Singh Derewal of West Bromwich-based Channel Punjab UK.
The Regeneration Award was scooped by Shander Herian. Mr Herian invested almost £1 million in his dream of creating an elegant dining experience out of a run down industrial site in the heart of Wolverhampton. After nine months, Mr Herian's Red Fort Indian cuisine is serving fine food and employs 20 staff.
Ken Kandola was the recipient of the International Trade Award. Mr Kandola's business manufactures high end furnishing fabrics and recent business support has seen the company's customer base spread beyond the UK with markets in 21 countries contributing to a 21 per cent growth in turnover.
Avtar Gakhal, chairman of BCABA, said his business team had been "flooded by entries", despite almost every finalist being listed in more than one category.
He added: "Recognition and reward are vital for progress. It instills confidence, gives reassurance and encouragement and inspires, not just the award recipient but everyone in business."
The awards, now in their sixth year, were organised in association with Business Link West Midlands. The evening also saw live entertainment by singer Sonia Mehta, accompanied by tabla artist Prithpal Sirjeet, and DJ Sanjay. Around £2,000 was raised for Barnardos.