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Niche Integrated Solutions – Breaking barriers in tech

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Niche Integrated Solutions.

Niche Integrated Solutions is a 100% women-owned company that specialises in emerging technologies. Their offerings include ERP end-to-end, banking end-to-end, robotics, automation and other emerging technologies talking to 41R (Fourth Industrial Revolution).

They offer software as a service, implementation services, support and training. In a male-dominated industry, they pride themselves on being at the forefront of 4IR. Furthermore, they work in industries like aerospace, mining and defence, and drive disruption through emerging technologies. They offer a distinct differentiator to organisations keen to adopt digital transformation.

iBidOnStorage – Turning trash into treasure

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

iBidOnStorage is an online auction platform that specialises in self-storage auctions. The website was developed to provide storage operators with a safe, easy and efficient way of disposing of abandoned goods while minimising the expenses and risks in doing so. The development of their website has allowed sellers and buyers to come together in one marketplace, and they have simplified what was traditionally a difficult and very risky process in South Africa.

Nyathelani SA – Turning limitations into opportunities

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured small business of the week – Nyathelani SA.

Nyathelani SA is a company that focuses on backup power, electrical installations and construction. Zandile Vuma started Nyathelani in 2004 and has been the powerhouse in keeping the business growing and developing.

From humble beginnings, she sold atchar to foreign markets, and she used the money gained from these sales to finance a business which bought and resold clothing. By bootstrapping her business, she took her initial steps towards financial stability.

Mbewu – Growing healthy communities

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

Mbewu is a platform that gives small-scale farmers and agri-businesses the opportunity to sell directly to the public. They invest a lot of time in vetting incredible small-batch producers so you receive produce from the best local providers.

Charmaine Kearabilwe Monama started Mbewu back in 2018 as a side hustle while juggling her corporate career as a market researcher and brand consultant. The motivation was to find a more affordable way to keep feeding her family healthy foods. When COVID-19 hit, Mbewu grew exponentially, and this led to her resigning from her corporate job in 2021. This was a huge leap of faith, but it has paid off. They opened their first brick-and-mortar shop in Randburg Square in 2022.

SWM Communications– From engineer to entrepreneur

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – SWM Communications.

SWM Communications is a leading integrated marketing and communications consultancy. They have implemented both digital and traditional advertising, marketing, public relations and communications strategies for various clients in the industrial, health, safety and ICT sectors.

Sandy Wardle, a passionate female engineer, started SWM Communications because she recognised a crucial need in the Built and Technology Environment sectors. Though these sectors have ground-breaking innovations, they struggle to convey their complex technical solutions to a broader audience effectively. This is where SWM Communications stepped in with both intricate knowledge of engineering and technology and the ability to articulate these concepts in a way that is engaging and accessible to a diverse audience.

My EasyGlow: Simplifying beauty, empowering lives

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – My EasyGlow.

At My EasyGlow, they simplify makeup for you. They are all about time-saving, space-saving makeup, that is both kind to you and the environment. Makeup should be easy and accessible for all. And so, the journey of innovation started, to overcome all current challenges with contouring and highlighting to transform the way you apply your makeup.

Carlie Lubbe trained as an optometrist but her passion for retail surpassed her interest in the clinical aspect of optometry. Her career journey took her into the realm of sales and marketing, where she spent several years with the leading contact lens company in the country. During this time, she found herself drawn to the world of customer service and assisting people.

The Social Butterfly digital agency – Flying high in the digital marketing arena

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – The Social Butterfly digital agency.

The Social Butterfly is not just a digital marketing agency; they are their customers’ dedicated partner in success. They go beyond the conventional client-agency relationship by aligning their experts with your business’ unique vision, mission, and values. They're passionate about their client's growth, and their success excites them more than anything else.

Samantha Frankel is the founder of the Social Butterfly digital agency. Her journey began with an unwavering passion for the digital marketing industry and a crystal-clear vision for what she wanted to achieve. This passion has been the driving force behind The Social Butterfly's success, fuelling her determination to overcome challenges and make a mark in the entrepreneurial world.

Hippocampus Education – Building foundations for students to flourish

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week - Hippocampus Education.

At Hippocampus Education, their business philosophy centres on transforming education through innovation, inclusivity, and social impact. They believe that every individual, regardless of their background, deserves access to high-quality education. Hippocampus Education is an adaptive tutoring Facebook Messenger chatbot that provides differentiated instruction and immediate feedback that is tailored to meet each individual’s learning needs.

As a woman business leader and co-founder of Hippocampus Education, Boitumelo Makgoba’s journey has been marked by resilience, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Over the years, she has faced challenges head-on, transforming them into opportunities for growth. Navigating a competitive business landscape has honed her decision-making skills and strategic thinking.

CoffeeMM: Empowering Africa, one cup at a time

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

CoffeeMM is dedicated to sourcing and roasting the finest coffee beans from across Africa. The company not only supplies exquisite coffee to establishments but also provides a sophisticated ambiance for leisure and work in its coffee shops. Additionally, through CoffeeMM Academy, it instills entrepreneurship skills and values in young learners, aiming to make a lasting impact on the education landscape.

Braylene Virtual Assistant: Navigating the digital frontier

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week - Braylene Virtual Assistant.

Braylene Virtual Assistant offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to elevate brands and optimize their online presence ranging from social media management to video editing and virtual executive assistance. Founded by Abilene Lawrence, Braylene Virtual Assistant, is a digital oasis for businesses seeking extra support in the digital landscape.

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