Eskom is set to recognise leading small businesses, showcase promising SMEs and give entrepreneurship education a boost during the upcoming Small Business Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding, Johannesburg.
Through the Eskom Development Foundation, Eskom supports entrepreneurship and small business development at this leading small business event. At the Small Business Expo 2016, Eskom will announce the winners of the annual Eskom Business Investment Competition (BIC), in which substantial prizes aimed at building sustainable businesses are awarded to black-owned businesses in the manufacturing, engineering and construction, agriculture and agri-processing, services and trade industries.
The BIC finalists will also enjoy prominence at the event, where they will have an opportunity to meet with potential business partners, investors and potential customers.
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“Eskom believes small business is the key driver of economic growth and job creation in South Africa. By investing in entrepreneurial education, training and the application of practical business skills from school level to eventually mid-sized businesses, Eskom aims to deliver maximum benefit through its entrepreneurship programmes and initiatives,” says Chris Bornman, Eskom Foundation Marketing and Project Manager.
“An important element of Eskom’s business development initiatives is its partnership with Small Business Expo. The expo’s focus is in line with the Eskom Development Foundation’s own goals – developing entrepreneurial skills and sustainable small businesses in South Africa, and connecting prospective partners in small business,” he says.
In addition to hosting the BIC awards and showcasing the finalists at the expo, Eskom will also feature leading Eskom Simama Ranta schools, in the new Blue Label Conference Centre during the Small Business Expo, who are shining examples of effective entrepreneurship education. As a show of its commitment to the growth of small business, Eskom will also provide an opportunity for black-owned SMEs to exhibit at the expo.
The Small Business Expo, staged by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, will be held alongside the #BuyaBusiness Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding Johannesburg from 8 -10 September 2016, daily from 9:00 until 17:00.
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With different focus areas, the co-located expos will serve as a hub for all businesses, partners, investors and customers. Small Business Expo, in partnership with Eskom is devoted to the development and growth of small and medium enterprises by providing an opportunity for these businesses to market themselves and interact with corporates and investors.
#BuyaBusiness expo will connect entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow, diversify or enter business partnerships with one of the many business and franchise opportunities to be showcased. Valuable information sessions, workshops and business networking opportunities will run throughout both expos.
SMEs interested in exhibiting at the Small Business Expo can contact Trevor Mochaki at Trevor@ThebeReed.co.za
For more information, go to www.smallbizexpo.co.za.