The Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group (TEPG) has been awarded the exhibition management contract for the 2012 International Small Business Congress (ISBC) which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 15 to 18 September.
The congress, to be held in Africa for the first time, is aimed at improving small business practice globally and was first established in 1974.
TEPG Managing Director Carol Weaving says the event, which will be attended by delegates from across the world representing trade associations, governments, financial institutions, business support organisations and academic communities, will also feature an exhibition that will showcase Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in high-growth sectors such as agro-processing, automotive, mining, construction, tourism, cultural, business process services, chemicals and the greening industry.
The congress coincides with the annual Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo (BOFE), which is owned and managed by the TEPG and is dedicated to developing entrepreneurship in South Africa.
"As one of the continent's leading exhibition and event organisers, we are confident that we are ideally placed to successfully deliver an all-encompassing small business and entrepreneur gathering," says Weaving.
"The structure of our company allows us to manage every single aspect of a major event like this, which requires a diversity of services and expertise," she says, "as well as close cooperation with the stakeholders of the project."
The government partner of the congress is the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and it has been endorsed by the University of Johannesburg, the Southern African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and the National Small Business Advisory Council (NSBAC).
Other key ISBC partners for 2012 include the City of Johannesburg, the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (FABCOS), Khula Enterprise and Finance, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), RYCOB Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Junior Chamber International (South Africa) and the Institute of Business Advisers.
International partnerships for the project have been formed with the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) and the International Network for SMEs (INSME).