Welcome to Small Business Expo Blog

Welcome to our Small Business Expo blog. Here we share articles from our contributors crossing topics of marketing, sales, capacity building, finance, motivational pieces and so much more. The aim of the blog is to provide you with content that you need to help you grow your business. If you are looking for any specific content that you would like us to share, please email us on info@smallbizexpo.co.za and we will endeavor to include articles on that topic.

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Black Money Business

  • August 9th, 2017
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I have often hear many entrepreneurs boldly say that if they are black they demand money, funding, projects from government. On the contrary, many black entrepreneurs have no faith in this “supp...

Welkom woman shows the power of youth entrepreneurship education

  • July 27th, 2017
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When 32 year old Pesalome Moilwa joined the Youth Enterprise Society (YES) back in 1999 at Thotagauta Secondary School in Welkom, she was taking it as just another extramural activity. She and her pee...

Young entrepreneur defies odds in white-dominated industry

  • July 5th, 2017
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Pretoria-based Monalebo Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (MES) specialises in rope access, non-destructive testing, replicas, scaffolding as well as telecommunications, rail construction and maintenance...

5 Lessons To Take From Recent Airline PR Disasters

  • June 30th, 2017
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Article by:  Aki Kalliatakis Original Article:  5 Lessons To Take From Recent Airline PR Disasters An airplane is as close as we get to a perfect machine. Superbly designed and marvellously manufact...

SA small business to grow through funding, market exposure

  • June 29th, 2017
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The Small Business Expo, to be held at the TicketPro Dome from 31 August – 2 September 2017, is devoted to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, providing an invaluable platform for...

6 Key business processes for any business

  • June 26th, 2017
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Any business needs these 6 processes to manage: How you get noticed by potential customers – this process markets the business to attract customers. Is what you are doing bringing you the right cust...

Eskom competition finalist aims to dye continent

  • June 1st, 2017
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Local hair product manufacturer, Starde, recently started exporting its products to Botswana as they look to spread their market across the African continent. Apart from their base market here in Sout...

Solopreneur – don’t do it alone

  • May 30th, 2017
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The word solopreneur implies you work alone. You prefer to run a business alone, without intention to hire. Everyone else in business wants to recruit and manage teams. “Don’t work alone. Though ...

Eskom academy helps propel entrepreneur forward

  • May 19th, 2017
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After successfully completing the Eskom Development Foundation’s Contractor Academy last month, Fikile Khiva, director and owner of Kamva Capital, has begun to reap the rewards. Within the first qua...

Eskom competition finalist finds opportunity in crisis

  • May 15th, 2017
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Zahier Davids, owner of a Cape Town based bicycle manufacturing company, has found a way to diversify his business and respond to the City’s water crisis at the same time. In light of Cape Town’s ...

Nedbank to support entrepreneur money management at leading business expo

  • May 11th, 2017
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PRESS RELEASE Big four bank Nedbank will help entrepreneurs improve their chances of business success when it stages money matters training workshops at the Small Business Expo, co-located with the #B...

How You Can Win the Marketing War

  • May 5th, 2017
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In times of ‘fake news’ brands need to be authentic, consistent, truthful, engaging and single minded, writes Shirley Anthony By Shirley Anthony, SME South Africa Original Article: How you...

Contractor Academy helps 2015 Eskom enterprise winner improve his skills

  • May 4th, 2017
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Mamapo Chemicals owner, Ezekiel Madigoe, will be awarded a certificate next month after successfully completing the Eskom Contractor Academy course. Madigoe learned about the academy when his company ...

How This Startup On the Rise Is Benefiting From Having a Board Of Directors

  • May 3rd, 2017
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By Lebogang Tsele, SME South Africa Original article: How Quicket Got Ready for a Board “Many entrepreneurs think they don’t need a board — that it’s a waste of time — but having...

7 Questions to help you start a business

  • May 3rd, 2017
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These 7 questions will help you when starting any business. They are part of how you define a business model. The start to your business plan. Answer these 7 questions and you’ll be able to start an...

Unfinished Business

  • April 28th, 2017
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In my 10years of Business I have come across a trend amongst business owners and entrepreneurs which seems to get worse through time. In our aim to do better within our society and leave a legacy for ...

Eskom competition opens doors for black female-owned business

  • April 26th, 2017
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When clinical engineer Masego Mohajane, entered her company, M-Squared Medical, in the 2016 Eskom Business Investment Competition (BIC), she didn’t know how much of an impact her decision would have...

Use exhibitions to build a pipeline

  • April 20th, 2017
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Exhibitions are a great opportunity to expose your brand to potential customers. Use the exhibition stand in the same way you’d use a shop. It is also the perfect place for market research. How to a...

Contractor Academy helps upskill Cape Town entrepreneur

  • April 18th, 2017
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GlobesScope Security Solutions owner, Glynn Mashonga, will be awarded a certificate this month after successfully completing the Eskom Contractor Academy accredited course. Mashonga heard about the ac...

Eskom competition winner gets international recognition

  • April 11th, 2017
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Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu, CEO and co-owner of Lamo Solar, was recently nominated by the Wits Business School (WBS) for the International Entrepreneurial Venture Award held by the Association of MBAs (AMB...

Think BIG even if you’re small

  • April 4th, 2017
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For as long as you refer to your business as “a small business”, you might not ever be big. Small doesn’t sound capable, efficient or accessible. So each time you say “a small business”, you...

Managing Staff

  • February 27th, 2017
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When we leave the corporate jungle to start our own businesses, we swear not to have the same approach to managing staff as the bosses we leave behind. We have an extensive list of what we didn’...

AAXO Market Research Highlights and Economic Impact of Exhibitions on the South African Economy

  • February 20th, 2017
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The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO), commissioned a study to assess the impact that the exhibition industry has on the South African economy and tourism industry. The study, conduc...

From Employee to Employer

  • February 20th, 2017
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It takes a while to move from being the employee to the employer in your own business. The key is to have a destination in mind and plan the journey. The destination is where you want the business to ...

From Idea to Business

  • February 1st, 2017
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Often we get stuck on how to transition from idea to business. Thoughts of how to make it work, where the money to start will come from, and the endless list of challenges can defeat us. So we delay, ...

Sharpen your axe for 2017

  • January 13th, 2017
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It’s the season new of new beginnings. Where ever you go people are starting new diets, signing gym contracts and declaring 2017 as their year. Social media is abuzz with quotes and affirmations of ...

The 3 most important marketing lessons we have learnt this year (this far)

  • August 27th, 2016
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2016 was hailed as the year of the consumer, with brands being encouraged to focus their marketing efforts on consumer experience and building relationships. Through the year we have interviewed vario...

Five ways to managing your time and maintain your focus

  • August 9th, 2016
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So you’re running your own business. Things are going well, you have enough customers and clients and the work keeps coming in. You’re working late nights, early morning but you’re just not able...

Five essential marketing activities on a shoestring budget

  • July 28th, 2016
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Every business must market its products and services if it wants to stay in the game. No matter how big or small your budget is there are certain marketing activities that are essential to the success...

Advice to those working in big business who want to quit to start their own business

  • July 27th, 2016
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The below Blog is written by York Zucchi and taken from his blog The Chief Coffee Drinker (Adventures and perspectives of a Swiss Entrepreneur & Investor in Africa) Last week we had our 1 year ann...

Is cloud accounting the best way forward for small businesses?

  • July 8th, 2016
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The online world is creating many opportunities for small business owners to streamline their operations and run companies from anywhere in the world. One of the solutions available to business owners...

Thrive in the Wilderness

  • July 6th, 2016
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Have you been frightened in the past? Not shrewd about what to do or in what manner to do it? Have you found yourself in a locus where you don’t know if you ought to turn left or right? Well I have ...

Embrace the South African Small Business Ecosystem and position your business for growth

  • June 28th, 2016
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When you start a business is South Africa, it is important to understand the ecosystem that you will be a part of. South Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape changes every year as new developments and...

Convert #Likes to Income

  • June 21st, 2016
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Exactly how #Small_Businesses can leverage Social Media for Brand Awareness by Thabo Ledimo Social media is essential for a small business since the marketing budget is low for  numerous startups. So...

Dear Businessman

  • May 31st, 2016
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Dear Businessman Over the past years business has become harder and harder to do. Almost everyone you know is starting a business or closing a business. While it is possible to succeed in business, th...