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Today's top entrepreneurship and business stories (20 February)

Pam Golding Properties, 5th Avenue Africa partner to service Sub Sahara African, Minister Lindiwe Zulu to launch the technology businesses incubation partnership that focuses on black entrepreneurs, and more

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 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

5 tech trends that will dominate 2017 and what SA entrepreneurs can do to take advantage of them

Leading tech strategists on how you too can be on the cutting edge of business technologies in the coming 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

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

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

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

Find out how this entrepreneur plans to take over the African gaming industry

Here is how Kopano Ntsoane has managed to turn his love for video games into a growing business and is working towards claiming his stake in the billion rand industry

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

Meet the 'energy farmer' and socio-preneur who is producing an alternative to diesel fuel

How Soweto-born Thabang Mabapa is doing good for people and planet

'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

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'

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

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

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

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

How I successfully launched my tutoring services startup

How the founder of this tutoring startup took advantage of an opportunity that was in plain sight and took it even further

This entrepreneur is bridging the gap between big business and the youth market

Bradley Maseko, founder of BrandedYouth, shares his top 3 strategies to help you grab the attention of the elusive young consumer Connecting with the elusive youth market

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

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: Rick Ed

Business advisor and mentor on the 5 best tactics to surviving beyond the first 1 000 days

Meet SME Growth Champions Seminar speaker: Kay Vittee

Here is why winning or losing depends on employing the right people

Meet SME Growth Champions Seminar speaker: Mohale Ralebitso

The experienced entrepreneur shares the fundamentals for achieving sustainable growth

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

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

7 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from M-Pesa's SA failure

Dominique Collett on the importance of market fit and why tech is not everything

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 learn when you spend a year analysing 13 African entrepreneurship ecosystems

From Rwanda and Ethopia to South Africa and Senegal - A look at what entrepreneurship looks like on the continent

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

Find out what leadership means to these South African business minds

Lessons on leading in today's business unusual environment

WATCH: Tashas and Vuyo's founders talk the business of food

Find out what Natasha Sideris says is the biggest challenge for food entrepreneurs and why Miles Kubheka says 'glocal' is the way to go

When times get tough - this is what resilient entrepreneurs do to survive

How your attitude, strong social connections and the ability to look at the bigger picture can help you endure the ups and downs of running a business

5 local meal delivery startups that will have you eating healthier

A look at South African food startups who are looking to change how South Africans eat

Find out how female role models in entrepreneurship can help close the gender gap

Spark* South Africa CEO, Katleho Tsoku on why it is important that women start businesses that matter.

'See failure as a tool to be better' - Nicole Parfitt

The entrepreneur of the week took the entrepreneurial leap in an effort to invest her talent into her own business

How making it into one of the world’s best accelerators helped us gain access to the US market

Go1 co-founder, Melvyn Lubega talks about taking his startup to the Y Combinator and the 3 biggest lessons they learnt from the experience

Trust your gut to make the right decision and make it quickly

Gideon Galloway, King Price founder and CEO is having fun pushing the boundaries of the insurance industry

Lessons from one of the world's leading business speakers

Vusi Thembekwayo joins top 12 international speakers ranks - here are insights from his latest talk

Focus on women startup founders in SA

We speak to Alexandra Fraser, partner and director of Batstone, about whether women in tech are getting a raw deal

Putting the 'modern gentleman' to work

The founders of the 'Good Sir' campaign on how promoting respect and networking skills makes good business sense

Find out how this startup made it to the top of a global competition - and what you can learn from how they prepared

Lumkani co-founder, David Gluckman on how preparing for a big competition is a lot like preparing for funding

'The main objective is to build sustainable wealth and to leave a legacy '- Zano Sithetho

The entrepreneur of the week is a young trailblazer who knows all about the importance of a good suit in dressing for success

Revised visa regulations set tone for upbeat 2016

Table Mountain, Robben Island and other popular tourist attractions report a record festive season

Crowd-farming platform wants to launch African wealth into the mainstream

Founder, Ntuthuko Shezi, on how they are making investing more accessible to the average South African
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