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Spring day celebrates the arrival of Small Business Friday

The 12th #AbsaSmallBizFriday has arrived. This Friday, 01 September is South Africa’s biggest small business day of the year. This powerful and meaningful movement is about mobilising all South Africans to support and buy from their local small businesses.

South Africa’s biggest and most meaningful movement was created 12 years ago in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers. The day is now a national tradition. A vast majority of consumers agree that shopping at small, independently owned businesses supports their commitment to making purchases that have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact.

Hybrid Collections – Never underestimate your abilities

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Hybrid Collections.

With more than 20 years of industry knowledge, Hybrid Collections is a debt collection company that is an extension of their client’s credit department.

The industry is cutthroat with several competitors in the market. The only way to differentiate yourself from your competitor is to adopt a customer-centric approach. Clint Diesel believes if you put your client first the rest will follow.

Essence Hair and Beauty – Building a brighter future through education

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Beaumont Stylists CC T/A Essence Hair and Beauty.

Jean Beaumont is the owner of Essence hair and beauty salon. She has a team of five individuals who help her to take care of their customer’s hair and beauty needs.  Jean started her business after working for an international hair and cosmetic company. She used her knowledge as a technician to earn a living and to build her business by sharing her knowledge with her team.

Enslins Bloemfontein Group – Stick to the basics

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Enslins Bloemfontein.

Enslins Bloemfontein is a whole ecosystem of integrating services that feed off each other and are aligned to ensure there is no gap in the financial requirements of their clients. Marinus Hoek has created a business over time which offers a bundle of services for a person’s financial needs. This has been his vision from the start. Each division is headed up by someone who is experienced in their field.

Yonwabeli Cleaning Services – Empowering the nation

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the Week – Yonwabeli Cleaning Services.

Yonwabeli Cleaning Services was founded in 2013. They specialise in commercial cleaning, hygiene services, pest control, deep cleaning, carpet cleaning, decontamination, and fogging. They are striving to become the powerhouse in the cleaning and trolley management sector.

When Beauty Matiwane's father passed away, she found her calling. She wanted to break the stigma that men can be the sole breadwinners in a family. As she watched how her mom struggled to make ends meet, she wanted to empower women by educating them to earn their salary. She worked in corporate from 2007 to 2012 and then started her entrepreneurial journey in 2013.

Mabopane Auto Center – Building township economies

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week Mabopane Auto Center.

Mabopane Auto Center is a one-stop automotive after-market service centre. They do vehicle services, repairs, tyre fitments, windscreen fitments, motor spares, and will soon start to add panel beating and spray painting.

Kguagelo Modise had the objective of bringing a world-class facility with professional services into the township. Mabopane Auto Center meets industry standards and is currently accredited by the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). This auto centre has a unique proposition in that it offers most car-related services under one roof which saves the customers time and money.

Grand Slam Surfacing – It takes a village to reach success

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Grand Slam Surfacing.

Grand Slam Surfacing believes in creating safe, fun, and quality sports surfaces. They specialise in the surfacing and resurfacing of sports courts and facilities in acrylic, sport tiles, and cushioned rubber surfaces.

Peter Myburg’s entrepreneurial journey began as a young schoolboy. He would work on Saturdays selling chocolates, biltong, and fudge. As he became older he would host tennis camps in the summer and even went door to door selling watermelons. This prepared him for his entrepreneurial journey after university.

IT Zone – building business through great service

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – IT Zone.

Ivan Kruger’s passion for computers and giving quality customer service led to him starting IT Zone in 2012. His company focuses on offering IT solutions to everyone. They fix and sell computers and laptops for home or office use. They can also build gaming computers for avid gamers. Besides fixing and selling computers, they can help with setting up software and computer networks that you may need in your business.

Fabrica Coffee Company – building up the community

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Fabrica Coffee Company.

With a background in owning franchises, Tome De Jesus De Carvalho decided to purchase two Fego franchises and 2 Netcafe stores in 2011. He wanted to try his hand at more refined dining options as his previous endeavours had been in the takeaway business.

In 2017, Tome wanted these stores to be independent and rebranded the Fego stores to Fabrica. This was his own brand. The main store is in Sunningdale, and there are two other stores in Glenore and Salt Rock. The Netcafe stores are at Umhlanga Hospital and St Augustine’s.

In this line of business, he enjoys the daily interactions with a wide variety of patrons, and delivering superb service and good food.

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