Entrepreneurship strengthens the economy's backbone
Creative thinkers from the business world are set to gather at the Seda Entrepreneurship Fair in late November with the aim of growing this sector. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) will host this fair in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch municipality and participating venue, The Woodmill, Vredenburg Road, Stellenbosch. The fair runs November 27 to 29.
Errol Gardner from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), Alan Manshon from The Money Clinic, Jeremy Lang from Business Partners, Litha Kuta from Woolworths, Dalene Du Preez from Proudly South African, André Gouws from GAP Entrepreneur and Nic Dupper from Flying Kites are some of the speakers at the event, positioning entrepreneurship as the backbone of a limping global economy. Seda encourages both start-up businesses and more specifically existing businesses to participate in the fair. It aims to facilitate the growth of small businesses, hence the fair's slogan and theme is 'Expanding and Growing Your Business'. "The fair is an opportunity for business owners to network with Seda's Business Advisors and the other support organisations who will be exhibiting. This would be an ideal platform for business owners to network with each other as well. We will be showcasing access to opportunities and support for all SMME's."
The event includes an exhibition of business support agents who assist small businesses. It will also have a breakaway room where each exhibitor will have the opportunity to market their product to the public. Hourly presentations are planned. Confirmed exhibitors include Educraft, Flying Kites, FNB, GAP Entrepreneur, Innovative Finance, NYDA, Productivity SA, SARS, Seda, ShowMe Stellenbosch, Standard Bank, Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch University including their Institute for Student Leadership Development-, Centre for Applied Entrepreneurship -and InnovUS Technology Transfer, the dti Cooperative Development unit and the dti TEO unit, Enablis, Metrofile, Sanlam, Admin House. Persons who pre-register by confirming attendance via email or fax to attend the fair - which is free to the public - will receive access to lucky draws that will run throughout the three days. Seda already provides business development and support services for small enterprises through its national network in partnership with other role players in the small enterprise support arena. It implements programmes targeted to business development in areas prioritised by the government.
The Seda Entrepreneurship Fair runs on Tuesday, November 27, from 10am to 6pm; Wednesday, November 28, from 10am to 9pm with a networking session for existing -and established businesses from 18:00 pm onwards; and Thursday, November 29, from 10am to 6pm. The fair includes a business exhibition, speakers, as well as food -and refreshment vendors.
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