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Today's top entrepreneurship and business stories (21 February)

dti invites SA fresh produce exporters to participate in ‘Fruit Logistica Asia 2017’ exhibition in Hong Kong, International tourist arrivals surpass 10 million, and more

10 commandments for creating powerful collaborations with those around you

'Know thyself first' and other quotes on finding the right partnership

City of Cape Town throws its weight behind supporting suppliers to access markets

Western Cape to host its 4th Smart Procurement World/ Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo

Why SA SMEs can expect better prospects in 2017

The current economic environment is more conducive to growth and opportunity than it was a year ago, says Business Partners' Ben Bierman

Facebook surveyed SA small business owners - this is what they found out

Insight in entrepreneurs' confidence levels, international trade and how women-run businesses perceive their business and the economy

5 young entrepreneurs share 5 new ways of thinking about leadership

Lynette Ntuli, Vusi Thembekwayo and other next gen leaders on why you should reconsider your approach to leading your business in 2017

5 trends every SME owner needs to watch out for this year

A positive outlook on a tough year for business, Dr. Yudhvir Seetharam

5 great entrepreneurship podcasts to try in 2017

Why 2017 is the year you should finally get on the podcast bandwagon

10 productivity quotes, tips and tricks to kick-start 2017

Clever ways busy entrepreneurs and small business owners can get the most out of this year

7 unique startups that caught our eye in 2017

These entrepreneurs want to change how we do almost everything

The best leadership advice we heard in 2016

What we learnt about trusting your gut, making tough calls and leading for longevity

Some of the best financial advice we picked up in 2016

Some of the best financial advice we picked up this year

8 techpreneurs and the startup lessons they shared with us in 2016

Create MVPs and iterate fast and other insights, advice and tips for every future-focused business

How this African luxury brand is taking advantage of the festive shopping frenzy

Swaady Group founder shares her 5 top strategies to best serve the digital customer during this time of year

Meet the guys looking to create the first eKasi designed home automation system

How these 3 millennial entrepreneurs are hoping to create an entirely new market and why they say the township is where the future lies

The enthusiastic leader

Sage founder, Steven Cohen on getting the best from his people

Bearing witness to Africa's startup revolution

Seedstars' Marcello Schermer on the exciting present and future of the continent's entrepreneurship ecosystem

Benefit from 4 of some of the best business decisions ever made

Trend specialist John Sanei on the changes that could potentially transform your business

Growing entrepreneurship in SA - Top entrepreneurs share their thoughts

Gil Oved, Lebo Gunguluza and other thought leaders on why SA needs a cultural shift to solve some of our biggest challenges

6 leadership truths all entrepreneurs should know

'It's not about you', and other tough lessons to consider

Everything you need to know about SA's family businesses sector

Here is what family business owners are saying about their growth prospects, short-term challenges and the need to professionalise their businesses

5 lessons from 5 entrepreneurs who found success by going against the grain

Find out why creating a personality for the business and building great customer relationships are key to making it in a niche business

Why more entrepreneurs need to adopt a "beginner's mind"

How your business stands to benefit when you approach challenges with a fresh perspective and enthusiasm

The face of young African leadership

How Afua Osei is challenging the status quo and the one big lesson she learnt from US First Lady Michelle Obama

Talking the 6 levels of leadership with Nadir Khamissa

The 2015 EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award winner on why the great ideas actually come from the front lines and the one thing that helps him stay on top of his game

3 thought leaders on the big challenges facing businesses

Advice on how big businesses can compete with disruptive startups, the need to drive innovation and how to adapt in a fast-changing environment

5 advantages of being a small business

Don't seek growth for growth’s sake, writes Gary Turner

More than the money - 13 successful entrepreneurs on what drives them

Powerful quotes on vision, purpose and making a difference

The rise of the artisan entrepreneur in SA – and what it takes to succeed

How these entrepreneurs are pushing the movement towards good food, environmental sustainability and healthy living, writes Steven Cohen

A conversation with 'Black Industrialist' Khudusela Pitje

Founder and CEO of New GX Capital Holdings on his company's 12-year journey and wanting to play a meaning role in the transformation the country's economy

5 SA entrepreneurs whose blogs and websites you should be reading

Expect industry insights, inspiration and advice for navigating the entrepreneurial journey

SMEs' biggest challenges - how 2016 compares with last year

Find out why sales and marketing still remain the biggest concerns for most small businesses in SA

Why the future belongs to those businesses that create it

Talking to Craig Wing about disruption, leadership and why businesses need to think ten steps ahead

How edupreneurs are taking advantage of the private education market

And 6 important lessons you can learn from those who have launched businesses in the sector

Lindani Dhlamini talks the 'F' word entrepreneurs fear most

CEO of one of SA's leading black-owned professional firms on whether embracing failure is good or ultimately harmful for your business and why the word is not even in her vocabulary

When one business is not enough

Serial entrepreneurs talk about identifying and taking advantage of multiple opportunities and learning from each venture they undertake

Talking authentic leadership in business with Nonkululeko Gobodo

"Leadership is all about providing a vision and a direction for the organisation and the ability to inspire people to go there with you," and other lessons from an experienced leader

'It takes a village' - A discussion on the real value of social capital with Yoco CEO and co-founder

Katlego Maphai on gaining access, networking with intention and paying it forward

How being township-based became the Lemok Group's biggest selling point

Entrepreneur Lebogang Mokubela wants to help grow the township entrepreneurship ecosystem. Here is how he is walking the talk

5 entrepreneurs share what they have had to give up to launch their businesses

The rarely talked about personal sacrifices that come with being an entrepreneur

How the She Leads founders are reshaping the future of entrepreneurship on the continent

Find out why Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are choosing to focus on women-led businesses with the ability to scale and dominate markets

These millennial founders on the secret behind their successful acquisition

Youth-led innovation hub, SpringAge, co-founders share how they prepared for the big time

Talking next-level-leadership with Jane Raphaely

'The First Lady of South African Magazines' on what it takes to be a 10X Leader and why being unafraid of failure is key to succeeding

In the business of teaching entrepreneurship

Lora Academy founder, Roche Mamabolo, on working to bridge SA's entrepreneurial skills gap

Young, black and in the beekeeping business

Agri-preneur Mmabatho Morudi, on why staying in business is the big challenge and how she's playing her part in turning the agri-business into a vibrant and cool industry

4 entrepreneurs taking on Africa's energy challenges

Talking opportunities, innovation and the importance of creating solutions to problems close to home

What the Tshimologong hub offers Joburg’s techpreneurs

A look at the precinct's standout features and facilities

'Leading beyond my business'

Tumi Phake made it into the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme - these are the 9 leadership lessons he came back with

How Dr Thandi Ndlovu built one of SA's largest black female-owned construction companies

Medical doctor and entrepreneur on being a pioneer for women in the construction industry and her philosophy of 'train-it-forward'

Get to know the Entrepreneur of the Year winner – Johan Eksteen

Free State agripreneur lauded for business' remarkable growth and strong entrepreneurial attitude

Education as a business opportunity at the small business and franchise expo

How entrepreneurs can improve and expand the sector

2 techpreneurs and the 30 young coders helping to drive their business' growth

Sable Assets' unconventional solution to SA’s ICT skills shortage

10 Leap SMEs you should know about

How this accelerator's model successfully combines SME support services with enterprise supplier development

A look at the 40 SMEs chosen for the first National Gazelles programme

These are the SMEs being groomed to become the country's black industrialists

Lynette Ntuli's 5 ways to become a next gen woman leader

"Being a pioneering woman is about not waiting until you're rich or famous or waiting for all of your stars to be aligned" - and other lessons from the business woman and trailblazer

'Working with entrepreneurs ignited my entrepreneurial spark'

Msizi Mazibuko on the unlikely start to her entrepreneurship journey

This is how Steve Mululu plans to build SA's next fitness empire

This fitness entrepreneur is cashing in on South Africa's growing fitness market

How she did it

4 women entrepreneurs on how they got their start, the challenges they've overcome and the lessons they have learnt along the way

How one entrepreneur is finding success running a side business

Food startup founder, Noni Masombuka on why being an entrepreneur isn’t always about taking a massive leap, and the 4 principles that helped her grow her business

Lessons entrepreneurs can learn from a corporate leader

"Sometimes you need to be task-orientated, and sometimes people-orientated" - Reggie Nxumalo

3 women entrepreneurs on finding their own definitions of success

What purpose and passion mean to the Melissa's, Sherpa Kids and Make-Up Designory founders

20 inspiring quotes on entrepreneurship to kickstart Women's Month

Inspirational businesswomen share their thoughts on why women should seize the challenge and thrive as entrepreneurs

Soweto’s first sip of Kofi

The co-founders of the premium coffee bar talk about the "perks" of their product offering and how they are helping to grow the township's coffee culture

Dealing with the pressures of launching a business - one entrepreneur's story

Langalakhe Nxumalo shares what happens when business or life doesn't go as expected

2 young entrepreneurs on how they are using tech to take advantage of opportunities in the township market

'Good techpreneurs build good solutions; great techpreneurs improve people's lives' - and other powerful quotes from Tshepo Moloi and Desmond Mongwe

How startups can help Big Business drive innovation

We need more of this mutually beneficial relationship, writes Launchlab CEO, Philip Marais

4 edu-preneurs on teaching entrepreneurship to young students

How these initiatives are working to grow the next generation of young entrepreneurs

Doing good and doing well - quotes to inspire you to give back this Mandela Day

"Africapitalism is about the intersection of economic prosperity and social wealth, the intersection of making profit and doing good, and not waiting to finish one before you do the other" – Tony Elumelu

Why this is not your typical personal branding book

Personal branding guru, Timothy Maurice Webster, on 5 things you need to know about Personal Brand Intelligence and how it has an impact on how you do business

What happens when millennials run businesses

Sage, Walk with Me survey, reveals how this generation is set to change the future of work forever

On purpose, passion, and profit

Sylvester Chauke shares how creativity and passion are the driving force behind his agency's success

4 powerful women in tech share what it takes to make it in the industry

A discussion on surviving the trenches and finding success both locally and internationally

"We are living on the periphery of our greatness" - and other powerful #YouthMonth quotes

In our own words - millennial trailblazers on changing the status quo

Meet 6 young social entrepreneurs who are helping to drive change

In the business of doing good and doing well

How 80 young Africans and their one book are redefining the African narrative

We speak to the Africa80 contributors and global shapers about the message they want to share with the continent's youth

'We the youth' - 7 young entreps share their views on opportunities and challenges in SA

Dynamic or apathetic? Find out if SA's millennials have what it takes to change their lives and the world

How we built our niche sneaker cleaning service by understanding what the youth market wants

Clean Grip founders on how they're commercialising their experiences and why township sneaker-freakers are their best customers

Meet SME Growth Champions Seminar speaker: Vika Mpisane

Vika Mpisane, CEO of ZADNA, on building a strong online presence and how your domain name can help with this

We conquered the township and built a multi-million rand construction business

Maverick entrepreneur, Neo Ramaphakela on why SA's next chapter of big commercial growth lies within the townships

Meet SME Growth Champions Seminar speaker: Jenny Retief

How entrepreneurs can take advantage of the positive and brace against the negative in a tough economic environment

Rebels with a cause: The state of SA's youth

On frustration and the fight for economic freedom

Business lessons from "Guptagate"

Once a reputation is lost, it is almost impossible to recoup, writes Kay Vittee

How SA's first black-owned vodka brand is aiming to win over African consumers

Founder, Sibusiso Sibisi, shares how they plan to make a mark in the liquor market and why their success may just come down to getting their marketing spot on

Why you need to be at the 2016 Growth Champion Seminar

Event promises to equip entrepreneurs with business and leadership skills

What happens when you have to put being an entrepreneur on hold

One woman's story of having to close up her business and return to full-time employment

This banker turned fitness entrepreneur plans to take over the corporate wellness market

Zenzele Fitness founder on taking his role as a job creator seriously and being one of the few black players in the wellness space

Getting this international certification gave our business the competitive edge

Payspace founders on how providing data security is becoming a huge advantage in the marketplace

Find out how these guys are using comedy to be better entrepreneurs

Goliath and Goliath are taking on the food industry – Here's how their sense of humour is helping to set them apart

7 ways your startup can benefit from a great startup accelerator

From networking opportunities to gaining credibility, here are advantages you may have not thought of

Polo Leteka Radebe on the importance of leading with vision

IDF Managers founder says every decision you make should lead you closer to your goals. Read more

Everything you have ever wanted to know about how SA accelerators work

4 incubator and accelerator heads give us a glimpse into what exactly goes into creating the next Airbnb and SweepSouth

Success stories of friends turned business partners

6 sets of friends prove that sometimes two (or three) brains are better than one

What you can learn from how this millennial leads

Claire Reid, founder of Reel Gardening makes a case for people, planet and profit

Can this movement get SA entrepreneurs to finally embrace failure?

Entrepreneurs are celebrating their biggest f-ups and why you need to get on the bandwagon

Business quiet lately? Don't panic, do these 10 things instead

How to survive a slow business cycle, writes Veronique Palmer

Where African entrepreneurs go for support

Plus 5 networking and training organisations you need to know about

What you can learn from how Breva founder got her product on major retailers' shelves

Beverage entrepreneur on building relationships, getting the right retailer product fit and the importance of mastering your systems and processes

This is how Wethinkcode founders plan to train 100 000 coders in the next 20 years

Find out how these entrepreneurs' radical approach is helping nurture techies that not only churn out code but can design the future

What you can learn from Blackanese founder about using 'difference' as a business strategy

"Being black and going into a sushi business was the biggest risk I have ever taken so far," - Find out what Vusi Kunene has to say about taking the road less travelled

A family business' story of triumph over failure

Founder of one of SA's first black-owned township-based fashion boutiques, Obriani, proves that the family that trades together, stays together
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