Durban Business Fair, a ‘phenomenal success

2015-10-28 06:00
Photos: nosipho mkhize At the fair Kogie, Adele and Happiness from the Mount Edgecombe conference.

Photos: nosipho mkhize At the fair Kogie, Adele and Happiness from the Mount Edgecombe conference.

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THE week-long Durban Business Fair (DBF) programme, which empowered a number of entrepreneurs while exposing over 550 local businesses to an international audience, ended last week.
The DBF Exhibition held at the Durban Exhibition Centre over three days attracted over 12 500 visitors.
Another aspect of the programme was the business conference which entrepreneurs hailed a success as they were inspired by the high-profile speakers who encouraged them to never stop striving to achieve their goals.
The DBF also featured the first Youth Corner, where young people were inspired by the stories of young, successful entrepreneurs about their journey and how they found their place in the business world.
The DBF was held under the theme “Connecting local businesses to the rest of the world” with a number of business meetings held between local and international businesses under the international pavilion to encourage possible links and future export opportunities.
To encourage innovation the city held speed-marketing sessions where exhibitors were given a platform to creatively pitch their products to potential buyers and investors in 60 seconds.
The winning two SMMEs walked away with a Tablet each to advance their technological connectivity, knowledge and skills.
Another innovative feature at the fair was the Technology Innovation Village which included six newly established creative and technology based companies who were given an opportunity to showcase their services.
This was sponsored by Technology Innovative Agency.
The DBF exhibition concluded with the announcement of the winners of the best stand competition.
eThekwini Deputy Mayor and chairperson of Economic Development and Planning Committee Nomvuzo Shabalala said: “The number of activities that took place throughout the week of the DBF proves that eThekwini is serious about developing local businesses to ensure they are ready to take on any project regardless of how big or small it is. This exposure will also give them access to international markets.”
Shabalala said initiatives such as the DBF also assisted in dealing with challenges such as unemployment and poverty.

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