SMME Growth Conference announces leading sponsors

The SMME Growth Conference is set to kick-off in October in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
With a few decisive developments having recently taken place, conference hosts, Living Your Brand, have announced the key sponsors who are sure to elevate the facilitation of constructive conversation toward SMME development.
SMMEs have been identified in South Africa as the future of economic growth as well as a sector which will offer increased employment opportunities.
Leading Sponsors for the SMME Growth Conference include:
“¢ First National Bank Business Banking: As Speaker Sponsors for the conference, FNB Business Banking will be sending their Executive Head of Growth, Marcel Klaassen, to present on the topic of Financial Management.
Klaassen is an entrepreneurship enthusiast. He is formally educated in finance and holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. He has several years‘ experience in small business finance and is passionate about the role that technology can play in driving insightful new venture creation in South Africa.
“¢ The Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO): A dynamic network of over 8000 business owners in 38 countries founded by a group of young entrepreneurs in 1987. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.
With the EO Entrepreneurial Sponsorship, the SMME Growth Conference will welcome 20 young under privileged entrepreneurs to attend the conference for free, which complements the organisation‘s mission to assist in the advancement of successful entrepreneurship worldwide.
“¢ Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Over the years chambers of commerce have been the binding connection between business, government, labour and international markets. They have a wide range of services which can make a real and meaningful impact to ones business by assisting in providing information on legislative changes, improved methodologies and regulatory and governance requirements.
More than that, they create a platform for companies to engage with one another, opening doors to new business ““ A great opportunity for delegates to get involved and expand their networks.
Other industry specific speakers will present relevant case studies and facilitate interactive discussions on building strong business strategies, identifying complexities, deriving commerce solutions and using the four major business focuses in synergy to boost economic growth through SMMEs.
The four major business areas include:
“¢ FINANCE – Financial management for your business (eg. Getting started; Equity vs. Loans; Simple procedures one can take to cut costs and grow margins etc.)
“¢ PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – Product development and positioning (e.g. Defining your product; Positioning your product or service to occupy a niche market; Steps you can take to develop my product etc.)
“¢ OPERATIONS & LOGISTICS – Flow of production and services (e.g. I.T; Cost effective operations; Staff management; Improve operating margins and productivity; Supply chain management etc.)
“¢ PROMOTION – Via sales and marketing (e.g. Trends; Online visibility; Effective sales processes in place; Converting leads into sales etc.)
For more about the SMME Growth Conferences in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg visit the website.