Organisers of the annual Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo have promised an even bigger platform for commercial mating with a particular focus on mixing small and big business and throwing BEE into the mix.
Thebe Exhibitions and Projects, which owns the expo said the Coca-Cola Dome, located in Johannesburg, is the place to be for seekers of new business opportunities and partners. This year’s expo will be held from 13-16 September 2012 and has secured sponsorship from corporate giants, Eskom Foundation and Standard Bank.
“Every year, exhibitors with business opportunities to share, franchisors, SMEs and companies that offer support and provide services to small and start-up businesses, come to the expo in Johannesburg from across the country, to present their offerings at what is essentially an opportunity and skills marketplace. Here, they meet enthusiastic, qualified prospects that are highly motivated to find opportunities that match their skill sets, budgets and aspirations and to start or successfully build on their journeys as business owners,” said the organisers.
The Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo introduces entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow, diversify or enter into business ownership, to the many business and franchise opportunities available in the market. It is also the country’s most credible platform for corporate procurement executives to meet suppliers with first-class BEE credentials.
Sarah Howarth, general manager of the expo, said “It is gratifying to have the on-going support and involvement of two such important organisations as the Eskom Foundation and Standard Bank. Their commitment is a validation of the Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo and the vital role it has played for nearly two decades, and which it continues to play, in igniting the flames of entrepreneurship into the glowing success stories of tomorrow.”
She said the Eskom Foundation’s involvement has over the years centred on showcasing, and in some instances subsidising, successful, high potential black owned SMEs. In this regard its efforts have been so successful that the event has become a highlight on the calendars of procurement officers from medium, large and multinational companies, who come to meet quality suppliers that will aid them in meeting their BEE procurement targets.
Haylene Liberty, chief executive officer of the Eskom Foundation, said “Small and medium-sized business are the engines that drive job creation and economic growth in any country, and particularly in South Africa where the need for new jobs is pressing and the entrepreneurial spirit is growing stronger. This expo plays a vital role in this process and we are pleased to be a part of this success story.”
Marius le Roux, head of Small Enterprises at Standard Bank South Africa, said “Our goal is to contribute to the sustainability of the SME sector, by providing entrepreneurs with access to opportunities, markets, advice and finance.