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Santam partners with the Small Business Growth Conference

The Small Business Growth Conference is proud to bring you the first ever Consultation Station proudly sponsored by Santam. This initiative forms part of the conference's objective to steer thought-leadership in the South African Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector and showcases Santam's commitment to giving small businesses access to the tools and expertise they need for growth.

The Consultation Station is a unique opportunity for registered delegates to receive expert advice and practical solutions to specific business challenges like strategy, human resources, marketing, financial management, operations, logistics and business legal matters at no additional cost.

How to reserve a session at the Consultation Station:

Delegates will be able to reserve two 15-minute consultation slots for a particular field (i.e. human resources and financial management), of which the relevant expert consultant will be allocated.

Expert consultants and their various fields include:

Human Resources:

  • Gerrie van der Watt | Dispute Resolution and Labour Law specialist:

    Gerrie practices as an Independent Mediator, an Independent Arbitrator and Labour Law Consultant. He is a founding member of The Mediation Centre and holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Labour Law from UCT amongst other qualifications.

  • Johann Jordaan | Sage VIP Payroll and HR expert:

    Johann conducts detailed needs analysis of payroll and HR requirements of companies in various industries. He advises on the best software solution and plans the implementation, roll-out and training, and offers advice regarding compliance with bargaining council requirements and legislative compliance.

    Promotions (including various forms of marketing):

  • Mike Joubert | Strategic Marketing Expert:

    Mike is the Founder and CEO of The BrandsRock Group, a strategic marketing company specialising in brand strategy and creative brand solutions. He has over 22 years' experience working as VP of Marketing at Levi Strauss and Co, EMEA; MD of Levi Strauss and Co. South Africa; MD of Diageo SA; strategic MD at Ogilvy & Mather RSTM to name a few.

  • Leon Lategan | Website Conversion Optimisation Expert:

    Leon is a Conversion Analyst who consults with companies on how to increase business efforts using online initiatives. His extensive knowledge in internet marketing comes from his previous position as MD of Independent Online and founder of Purple Cow Communications.

  • Rebecca Cronje | Strategic Communications Consultant:

    Rebecca founded Cultivate Communications after spotting a gap in the local PR market for a strategically-driven, integrated public relations offering rooted in traditional best practice but digitally-nimble in nature. She previously spent seven years at Atmosphere Communications as Head of Strategy.

    Financial Management:

  • Dave Romero | Financial Advisor:

    Dave founded TBL Capital utilising his 24 years' experience in Corporate Finance to assist Entrepreneurs with financial management. He is an Accountant (SA) by profession and holds a B.Compt degree. Currently the founder and CEO of Caban Investments Ltd which provides a comprehensive service offering to small businesses, Dave regularly consults with and provides financial services to at-risk entrepreneurs.

  • David Seinker | Investor Specialist:

    David is the founder of Private Capital which represents a group of private funders who are looking to invest in high growth opportunity businesses that are seeking expansion capital. They also have a unique online tool for start-ups to engage with their investment group.

    Operations and Logistics:

  • Paul Hobden | Technologist and Small Business Expert:

    Paul co-created the MWEB Entrepreneur Zone, a portal that offers compelling content and resources to small business owners. His experience ranges from start-ups through to large multi-nationals and beyond the online space in technology and travel.

  • Kgomosto More | Management Consultant Specialist:

    Kgomotso More is a Principal Consultant at Change Tactics (Pty) Ltd, a management consultancy specialising in assisting organisations to achieve their business goals through people-driven performance.

    Business Strategy:

  • Bruce Wade | Entrepreneur Coach:

    Bruce is a qualified Computer Programmer, Business Analyst, Project Manager and Life Coach, amongst many other qualifications. He founded The Entrepreneur Incubator that aims to hatch and develop entrepreneurs and businesses to make a sustainable change in the world. He also invented The Sphere of Mankind and the Business Arrow.

  • Kathy English Brower | Strategic Business Consultant:

    Kathy is a Strategic Business Consultant, a Marketing Strategist and Coach. She is a regular guest speaker and runs a number of workshops. Kathy co-ordinates and chairs a monthly Business Forum and manages a Business Conversations lecture series.

    Legal Advice:

  • Sunel Beeselaar | Legal Advisor:

    Sunel practices as an Attorney, Conveyancer & Notary as well as Mediator and Facilitator with 16 years' experience in her field of expertise.

  • John Foster | Legal Associate:

    John is an associate at intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher and is a member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. His specific areas of expertise include registration, renewal, licensing and enforcement of trade marks, copyright litigation, parallel importation, advertising pre-clearance and complaints, due diligence investigations to name a few.


    Bookings are limited so make sure to reserve your sessions as soon as you have registered. Have a look at our website or contact us on 021 180 4111 for more information.

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