A social networking platform to enable entrepreneurially minded women to enjoy the warm and "fuzzy feeling" from interacting with like-minded women who just like you have tears, joy, anger, happiness, frustration and kick ass pride to deal with.
Women In Business for Entrepreneurially minded women exists to enable entrepreneurial women to form networks and friendships through social interactions. Brand Ambassador Ali Engelbrecht (Champion of Entrepreneurial Organisations) encourages supportive relationships and linkages through participatiion in conferences, training, workshops, online interactions and face to face networking.
Women In Business is a member and associate of Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, Durban Business Chamber of Busienss, KZN WIB, SAWEN, Business Women’s Association. These associations allow us to extend the networking opportunities and linkages to all our members. This strengthens the ability of entrepreneurial women to form alliances which will lead to enabling environments. The platform which WIB offers are for members to use to enhance professional excellence.
Functions and events are co-ordinated in conjunction with associates and individual entrepreneurially minded women. Through these events and interactions, linkages and networks are encouraged amongst entrepreneurially minded women.
We welcome all enquiries to develop entrepreneurial women through our conferencing, workshops, training and networking opportunities.
Currently Women In Business is involved with the following initiatives:
Now in its 28th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS is an annual competition that recognises and honours South African entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship with the aim to inspire others to venture into and succeed in the world of business.
The Entrepreneur of the Year® initiative is not just about the competition. It is about:
Developing the standard of excellence in entrepreneurship throughout South Africa;
Promoting entrepreneurial excellence as the norm and not the exception;
Promoting entrepreneurship as an honourable and rewarding yet challenging career;
Educating entrepreneurs so that they reach a standard of excellence;
Educating the youth about what entrepreneurship entails with the aim of encouraging them to select entrepreneurship as a viable career option;
Influencing government legislation by being the voice of entrepreneurs in order to create a healthy legal environment in which entrepreneurs can thrive.
To enter, entrepreneurs can complete the entry form available on www.eoy.co.za during the year. The competition closes on 16 June annually.
Finalists stand the chance to win prizes worth a total value of R2 million, which includes cash prizes of R425 000. Finalists and winners are able to expand their networks and receive invaluable exposure for their businesses as a result of the competition.
History of the competition
Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), a specialist SME financing company that has been financing SMEs for over 30 years, initiated the Entrepreneur of the Year® competition in 1988 to give recognition to the vision, innovation, perseverance, drive and commitment of the individuals who run successful small and medium enterprises. However, the candidacy was limited to the client pool of BUSINESS/PARTNERS.
BUSINESS/PARTNERS decided to extend this programme to the rest of the South African business community. In doing this the company brought on board Sanlam as a partner sponsor for the project. Through the sponsorship of both BUSINESS/PARTNERS and Sanlam, as well as the support of various other institutions, the project has achieved success.
There are many competitions all over South Africa that acknowledge businesses on some level, but none that offer the same national credibility as the acknowledgment from companies like BUSINESS/PARTNERS and Sanlam in the formal small and medium enterprise fraternity.
The competition recognises and empowers South Africa’s successful entrepreneurs by providing them with the correct type of knowledge, education and support. It is widely considered to be the pre-eminent competition of its kind in South Africa and has served as a business growth springboard for past finalists and winners. The competition also plays an important role in the entrepreneurial industry, which needs to improve and evolve in order to continue contributing towards the economy.
About the sponsors
BUSINESS/PARTNERS is a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa and selected African countries. The company actively supports entrepreneurial growth by providing financing, specialist sectoral knowledge and added-value services for viable small and medium businesses.
Visit www.businesspartners.co.za for more information.
Sanlam understands that business owners have hopes and dreams. Hopes for themselves, for their employees and for the future of their businesses. At Sanlam it is our purpose to support business owners in making these hopes and dreams come true.
We strive to meet the financial planning needs a VAT registered business owner may face, from personal financial planning such as estate planning, trusts, wills, health care solutions, savings and investments; to business related needs including solutions to protect the continuity of your business, investing surplus funds , asset management, short term insurance, business financing, electronic payments and collections and more. We also offer employee benefits solutions such as life and disability insurance, retirement and health care solutions, allowing business owners to secure the financial wellbeing of those who have helped them build their businesses.
Visit www.sanlam.co.za/sme for more information.
The judging process
The judging process is completely independent and is led by the judging panel comprising five judges. The judges represent different areas of the business community. The evaluation process runs through three different filtering processes, which ensure that all entries are checked and rechecked to remove human error and subjectivity.
The data requested also gives the judges very important and critical information which they need in order to make a complete and holistic judgment on the candidate being reviewed. The judging process is completed by an interview with each finalist to ensure that any questions or issues needing clarity are addressed. An on-site visit at the businesses may also be conducted.
Entrepreneurs who enter may be considered for the following categories in the Entrepreneur of the Year® competition:
An entrepreneur who has been in their present business for a maximum of 5 years and with a turnover not exceeding R5 million on the date the entry form is received by the steering committee.
Small Business Entrepreneur
An entrepreneur who runs a business, irrespective of length of time during which it has been active, with a turnover of between R5 million and R20 million in the tax year immediately preceding the date of entering the competition.
Medium Business Entrepreneur
An entrepreneur who runs a business, irrespective of the length of time during which it has been active, with a turnover of more than R20 million in the tax year immediately preceding the date of entering the competition. The controlling owner must be stated.
Job Creator of the Year
An entrepreneur who not only employs a significant number of employees, but also plays a key role in uplifting, up-skilling and training them. They help towards making a dent in the unemployment rate of the community, area, province and country where the business is situated.
Innovator of the Year
An entrepreneur who has:
• Reinvented the way business is done in his/her industry; and/or
• Been innovative in the product or service being offered to the market; and/or
• Found a way of drawing the best qualified and technical people in his/her industry and kept them by creating a special
environment where employees can flourish.
Two additional Entrepreneur of the Year® award categories can be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel, namely:
An established entrepreneur who has made great strides in their business over many years. The steering committee proactively
sources finalists for the Lifetime Achiever award category with the judges selecting the final winner.
A category to acknowledge a business that may not yet be at the same level of the other entrepreneurs (in terms of size and turnover),
but makes an impression on the judges due to aspects such as the business’s social impact, the entrepreneur’s attitude and positive
Entrepreneur of the Year®
The overall winner is selected out of the emerging, small, or medium categories.
2015 competition winners
Entrepreneur of the Year® Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner: The Creative Counsel
Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year® Kim Whitaker: Once in Cape Town
Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year® Bryan Anderson: Delta Steam Systems
Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year® Nadir Khamissa: The Hello Group
Job Creator of the Year Lewis Thomas: Partners Hair Design
Innovator of the Year Nadir Khamissa: The Hello Group
Judges Prize Ncamisile Maphumulo: Coastal Nephrology Centre
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