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Breakfast Connect is pure inspiration and world-class networking. Get your ticket now.

In one trailblazing morning next Friday, 24 May 2024, Breakfast Connect will champion business-to-business networking and business growth at its finest. It will hold up a torch and inspire every delegate who attends.

This is the ultimate opportunity for success-driven business owners and entrepreneurs to rub shoulders with potential investors, partners, suppliers, funders, fellow like-minded successful entrepreneurs and business icons, and is the most powerful platform to seize new ideas, opportunities and trends to get you moving in a positive and accelerated direction – simply, the experience oozes success.

Absa sees 25% growth in e-commerce turnover in first quarter of 2024

Industry trends, payment innovation and collaboration on full display at inaugural Absa Commercial Payments Summit.

Despite a constrained consumer environment, Absa has seen annual growth of 25% in ‘card not present’ (e-commerce) turnover during the first quarter of 2024.

As the payments landscape continues to evolve and innovate, data from Africa’s largest merchant acquirer underscores that consumers are increasingly shopping online and embracing new payment methods where a credit or debit card is not physically present, including online purchases and digital wallets. While Absa’s data shows that the average value of instore purchases has reduced from roughly R500 per transaction to less than R340 over the last few years, the average value of online transactions has increased from R270 to R480 during the same period.

The 2023 top small businesses announced

This has been a year of rebuilding and resilience, and this is reflected in the winners of the South African Small Business Awards. These awards acknowledge the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of a small business to become an entrepreneurial success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional businesspeople behind these successful and growing businesses.

These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common – a driving entrepreneurial force. By being recognized as a South African Small Business Awards winner, they are encouraged to continue their SME journey and inspire those up-and-coming entrepreneurs to show up and start the idea which has been brewing in their mind.

This year the winners have been divided in to the 'Top 10 Small Businesses' and the 'Top 5 Startups'.

Who will shine at the 2023 South African Small Business Awards Gala Event? Book now to find out.

As one of the most inspiring annual events on a South African entrepreneur’s calendar is on the horizon, diarise 16 November 2023 and share in the excitement of the 2023 South African Small Business Awards Gala Event.

According to Mike Anderson, Founder & CEO of the NSBC, the event is not just about witnessing the announcement of the 2023 Business Champions - it’s about supporting the sector you belong to.

“This is a distinguished event,” Anderson notes, “and celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the winners is also a celebration of every small business owner and entrepreneur.”

The 2023 South African Small Business Awards: 4 ways to make your entry shine

Celebrating the vital role and remarkable accomplishments of small businesses in South Africa, we are thrilled to announce that entries for the 2023 South African Small Business Awards are now officially open. This prestigious recognition, presented by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) honours the relentless dedication, hard work, and outstanding excellence of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the nation.

Could this be your year? It is your time to shine!

Entries are now open for the 2023 South African Small Business Awards

The NSBC, World Famous Events and Big Business South Africa will host the 15th consecutive South African Small Business Awards on Thursday 16 November 2023. The prestigious national gala awards breakfast will be held at the Bryanston Country Club, Johannesburg. These awards recognise the hard work and achievements of small businesses and entrepreneurs in South Africa.

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.

Fire up your entrepreneurial engine and join us at The Business Show

If you’re an entrepreneur or SME owner looking to grow, learn, network, be inspired, and drive your business to innovative ideas and to unimaginable heights, we’ve got you.

The NSBC and World Famous Events’ 15th edition of The Business Show :: Africa will rock the Sandton Convention Centre on 06 and 07 September 2023, with Africa’s most successful business show bringing opportunities to the most vibrant sector of the economy.

With many 1000s of registered delegates so far, you’ll be among the stars of networking, innovation and advisors. This is unrivalled networking, the ultimate opportunity to meet and engage with 100s of fellow entrepreneurs, business leaders, and mega entrepreneurs.

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