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Sange SA – Impacting communities through learning

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Sange SA.

Sange SA is a 100% black female-owned skills development organisation proudly managed by a professional team of experts in the field of learning and development. Their programmes are built to grow individuals to make an impact in the individuals’ institutions and their communities.

Nobandla Gobodo's journey started by selling chocolate-chip cookies, ice lollies and popcorn as a means of making herself pocket money as her parents couldn't afford that. From selling these goods she made enough money to pay back her parents for their investment in her business and was able to buy her ingredients and contribute to the electricity, milk and bread at home as well as have a little pocket money.

She has always looked for ways to be self-sufficient and not too dependent on anyone. When her father passed away in 2008. He was the breadwinner and entrepreneur in their family and also her inspiration, but at the time she hadn't connected those dots. She started her first informal business called "Ikapa Vanity" which did promotions at events and eight businesses later she is the managing director of a growing business called Sange SA.

The Skills Mine – Cultivating growth

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – The Skills Mine.

The Skills Mine is a recruitment, training, and operational and strategic human capital agency. They provide highly talented individuals skilled in a range of business disciplines and industries and equip organisations with best practices for human capital management.

They stand out as a recruitment agency as they are not only focused on filling positions but nurturing success. They do this with a focus on long-term growth partnerships which is unparalleled in the industry.

Hook, Line & Sinker Communications – Young, innovative, and digitally focussed

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Hook, Line & Sinker Communications.

Hook, Line & Sinker (HLS) was born with a simple formula to combine marketing, public relations, and social media to breathe life back into the public relations (PR) game. Young, innovative, and digitally focussed, HLS isn’t your average PR agency.

Gifted by Matte – A passion for fragrance

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Gifted by Matte.

Launched in May 2022, Gifted by Matte is committed to creating products that not only enhance the ambience of your personal space but also promote sustainability, use natural ingredients, and develop eco-consciousness.

Gifted By Matte was born out of Keabetsoe Matshediso’s personal love for spaces that smell beautiful. She has always believed in the transformative power of scents to create ambiance, evoke emotions, and make memories. Beautifully scented spaces have the ability to uplift, relax, and inspire, and she wanted to bring this experience not only to herself but to others as well. Keabetsoe realized that fragrances have the unique ability to leave a lasting impression, and she wanted to create signature scents that would not just be appealing to her but would also resonate with people from all walks of life.

Food Sock Meals – Sustaining the nation

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Food Sock Meals.

In the face of escalating poverty and hunger in South Africa, one innovative solution is making waves - the Food Sock Meals. Born out of the vision of Carl van Blerk, a George local who saw the growing need for an affordable, convenient, and nutritional meal solution, Food Sock Meals is more than just a meal—it's a revolution in addressing food scarcity and malnutrition.

Made by Mosaic – Inspiring hope, building communities

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Made by Mosaic.

Made by Mosaic is the job creation initiative for the foster parents in Mosaic Community Developments. Each employee of Made by Mosaic is currently taking care of two or more orphaned and vulnerable children. Through the production of leather and baked goods, they employ, upskill and train foster parents with limited levels of education. They also help to train matriculants who don’t go to university in administrative duties, computer skills, manufacturing, business systems and how to represent themselves at events for the brand.

Terry Niemack, Managing Director, describes Made By Mosaic as "a very special job creation business that provides foster parents with a dignified, sustainable way to earn a salary and learn skills they can take and use outside of the business."

Great 4 Business – Simplifying the complexities of business

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Great 4 Business.

Great 4 Business (G4B)’s philosophy is rooted in the idea of business made simple for small to medium enterprises. G4B aims to simplify the complexities of business for SMEs, allowing them to focus on their core competencies.

Nonkululeko Baloyi, CEO of G4B, was inspired to start her business from an article by the founder and CEO of the NSBC, Mike Anderson, that highlighted the issues faced by SMEs. Through extensive research and knowledge gathering, she is committed to simplifying the complexities of business for SMEs.

Neslo Technologies– Nurturing local IT talent

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Neslo Technologies.

Neslo started in 2019 when a young Jordan Olsen decided to follow his vision and kick fear to the kerb. With eight years of technical knowledge in software engineering, he created a business which offered a diverse collection of services from concept to creation through carefully crafted and intuitive design, and leading-edge technologies.

nFold– Driving positive change in business

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – nFold.

nFold helps businesses win more work through strategic proposals, tender support and pitches. They are the first and only company in South Africa that covers this niche from an end-to-end perspective and is also the only APMP-approved consultancy ensuring they align to best practices both globally and locally.

nFold was started because of an immense need for well-articulated value propositions and a huge skills gap when it comes to responding to tenders, proposals and selling. Many businesses don't realise that customers don’t want to hear about you but rather about how you can satisfy their needs. With many proposals not highlighting this, nFold was born.

Zevoli Growth Partners – Building communities one SME at a time

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Zevoli Growth Partners.

Zevoli Growth Partners is your dedicated partner in driving impactful change. With a focus on bridging gaps between corporates and SMEs, they are committed to supplier diversity, socio-economic development, and fostering resilient communities.

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