Following a highly successful 2015 and 2016 Roadshow season, the SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 is ready to roll again. The first leg will be hosted at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Wednesday, April 20, from 08:00 to 17:00.
The national government has highlighted the need to boost small business, as the sector holds the key to the employment growth needed to boost the economy. The current high level of SMME failure is attributed by many commentators to a lack of funding for small businesses, although funding agencies reportedly have more than a billion Rand available for the right business growth opportunities.
“The Roadshow plays a key road in educating SMME owners about the financial options available to them that will help to grow their business to the next level,” says Robert Arendse, Managing Director of the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. “We always have funding agencies at our Roadshow to ensure that business owners are informed about who has funds available as well as the kinds of businesses they are looking to invest in or to offer financial support.”
“We understand that the SMME sector requires financial education as much as it does funding,” says Henry van Deventer, Wealth Strategist at event sponsor Old Mutual Wealth. “We recognise the value of great advice and partnering with experienced people in the sector. This is why we support the SMME Opportunity Roadshow to offer those in the sector an opportunity to learn, connect and get great advice.
Mentorship, collaboration and sharing information also plays a major role in the content of the Roadshow and, according to Simon Lewis, Editor of Opportunity Magazine, the Roadshow “plays a key role in the growth of small businesses by offering SMME owners around the country invaluable access to thought leaders and priceless peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
“This year we are placing a major emphasis on established SMMEs who need to take the next step in the growth of their business. This has been a natural progression from last year, as small businesses are vital for the economic development South Africa needs in order to create more jobs for our people,” adds Lewis.
One of the Roadshow’s key sponsors this year is Datsun, whose cost-effective GO+ Panel Van to SMME owners offer small businesses “access to vehicles that can grow with their businesses,” says Des Fenner, General Manager of Datsun South Africa. “Business owners want to grow their enterprises while keeping their operating costs down.”
In 2016 the SMME Opportunity Roadshow helped to connect many SMME owners with future mentors, as well as funding and business opportunities.
“We had a terrific response from the delegates across all four of our Roadshows last year,” shares Beverley Stone, Event Manager for the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. “Delegates left the Roadshow feeling inspired, motivated, full of purpose and with pockets full of business cards.”
To RSVP and for information about exhibition opportunities, contact Beverley Stone | firstname.lastname@example.org | 021 681 7000. To book your seat, please visit http://www.smmesa.co.za/registration, select your preferred city and your registration will be approved. Entrance is free for SMME owners.
Registration for the next three Roadshows is still open. The next SMME Roadshow Opportunity segments will continue in the following cities:
- Port Elizabeth on Friday, 19 May 2017: Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC)
- Durban on Wednesday, 19 July 2017: Durban ICC; and
- Cape Town on Wednesday, 06 September 2017: Cape Town ICC.