Arena Holdings (formerly Tiso Blackstar), publishers of South Africa’s leading business titles, including Business Day, Financial Mail and BusinessLIVE, proudly hosts the annual Standard Bank SME Summit in partnership with Business Day TV.
This cutting edge conference and exhibition is where South Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and business personalities share their knowledge and insights to help you grow your business and stay ahead of the pack!
Attend the conference for insights into the latest trends and opportunities to take your SME to the next level
Meet suppliers at the expo providing everything you need to accelerate your business
Network with professionals across the SME, franchising, finance and enterprise development sectors
Connect with the experts – get your business ahead of the competition!
THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG SME SECTOR
SMEs have the advantage of being innovative and incredibly nimble – allowing them to disrupt the bigger players
SMEs make fast decisions – a massive advantage when it comes to implementing new technology
According to the National Development Plan, 90% of new jobs will be created by SMEs by 2030.
Given the huge growth of SMEs, now contributing a massive 42% of GDP, this sector is simply the future!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2020
The 2020 Standard Bank SME Summit in partnership with Business Day TV will bring you up close and personal with South Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and business personalities as we dive into these and other topics:
– How to harness technology
– Scaling for growth
– Smart marketing and sales strategies
– Funding for success
– Protecting your IP
– South African entrepreneurial success stories
Registration, refreshments and networking in exhibition area
Welcome by Master of Ceremonies
Trend Spotting and How to Identify the Next Opportunity
One of the keys to remaining relevant is to stay on top of business trends. Hear from our futurists and trend spotting experts as they tell us what’s next….and how you can capitalise on the opportunity!
Scaling and Funding for Growth – an Investor’s Perspective
Every business owner should be looking to the future, and that usually means the ability to scale. As a part of your journey you may want to attract additional investment to fund growth. But the end of the day investors will want to make their money back – and soon. So how do you ensure you speak the language of an investor and how do you navigate through the inevitable challenges that come with growing your business.
Refreshment break and networking in exhibition area
Digital Readiness as a competitive advantage
A huge advantage of SMEs is their ability to move fast, free of cumbersome legacy systems that often slow down large corporates. Hear from the experts on how to harness technology to take your business to the next level and disrupt the bigger players.
Social Selling: The Future of Sales and Marketing
An effective marketing and sales strategy is critical to the success any business. However the game of marketing has swiftly moved on from the old “Four Ps”. Furthermore, with customers living largely online lives, the era of the classic sales force is largely over.
The pros will share practical advice on how to embrace the new rules of the marketing game and how to effectively differentiate your business from the rest.
Celebrating The Game Changers: Home Grown Success Stories
Most people who pursue entrepreneurship say it’s the hardest thing they have ever done. However, most also say that it was the best decision they ever made.
Some of South Africa’s best known entrepreneurs will share their roller-coaster journeys and impart some of their learnings to inspire your own business success.