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Small Business Friday

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.

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."

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