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Innovation and resilience dominates as the Top 20 finalists are announced for the 2018 South African Small Business Awards

Ending off its 10th year, The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC), in association with World Famous Events, has today announced South Africa’s ‘Top 20’ for the 2018 South African Small Business Awards. These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common, a driving entrepreneurial force.

“We are astounded at the diversity of entrants again this year, but equally encouraged as it shows the depth and breadth of South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit. Growing small and medium businesses is vital to the local economy and its ever-growing rate of unemployment. This type of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit will undoubtedly cultivate a much healthier business landscape for all involved,” says Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC.

The 2018 ‘Top 20’ all receive a ‘Top 20’ Award, and are all automatic finalists for the category and special awards. Anderson says the categories are selected with strategic intent, paying homage to sectors within the business landscape that potentially present greater stumbling blocks to success.

The 2018 categories are as follows:

  • 2018 National Small Business Champion
  • 2018 National Entrepreneur Champion
  • 2018 National Woman in Business Champion
  • 2018 National Rising Star Champion

The 2018 awards are sponsored by FedEx, Microsoft, Absa and Telkom.

“We are humbled by the support of such esteemed industry leaders. Without their commitment to building tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, these businesses, would have less opportunities to thrive and flourish,” says Anderson.

The ‘Top 20’ not only get acknowledged as winners for this accomplishment, but are also in line to win a category and/or a special award:

2018 Special Awards:

  • 2018 National Community Award
  • 2018 National Innovation Award
  • 2018 National Tourism Award
  • 2018 Never Surrender Award

“Each entrant has in some way made a difference to someone’s life, either through employing them or by offering services to them. At the heart of this great nation is its people and I am proud to be associated with all these very worthy winners,” says Anderson.

He says that the NSBC would not only like to congratulate the ‘Top 20’, but also thank them for their relentless commitment to building a better tomorrow. The NSBC Annual Gala Breakfast and Awards Function will take place next week on Thursday 8 November 2018 at the Barnyard, Silverstar Casino, Johannesburg.

The Top 20 for the 2018 South African Small Business Awards finalists are as follows:

*(In alphabetical order)

3@Marion Guesthouse – Susan Marais

Bakeaton – Edna Baker

Enigma Lifestyle Hotel Apartments – Pamela Niemand

Flavalite Innovations – Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana Thotsejane

Hot 91.9 FM – Lloyd Madurai

HH Technologies – Ismail Hassen

Me & Co – Faiza Moosa

Mighty Media – Peter Leshabane

Morokolo Safari Lodge – Mark Orpen

MSI Exclusive Shoe Shine And Services – Anda Henderson Mthulu

Procuresense – Trevor Naidoo and Preston Naidoo

ProfitShare Partners – Andrew Maren

PBM Creations – Refilwe Sebothoma

Skyrule Drinks – Sammy Mhaule

Sureswipe – Paul Kent

Swartkops Terminal – Peter James Goodwin

Tholangwe – Mponeng Ngwenya

Ultimate Pet Care – Johannes Petrus Roodt

Xero South Africa – Colin Timmis

Nolitha TS – Nolitha Nkosi-Tshabalala

For those who are not entering, join us for the entrepreneurial event of the year. It’s the place to be inspired, network with fellow success driven people, have fun and witness the crowning of new champions! – A glitzy morning filled with awards, top-of-the-line speakers, fine entertainment, great food, plenty of fun and, of course, the opportunity to meet and mingle with SA’s top entrepreneurs and celebrities. To see what’s happening and to secure your ticket, please click here. Book now to avoid disappointment.