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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

3 practical apps that will change how you run your business

Run a more efficient business with these apps

Why we are still talking about innovation

Innovation is a tool that entrepreneurs can use to outmanoeuvre their competition and stay relevant, writes Zanele Monnakgotla

Why more SMEs should be using testimonials to get customers - we show you how

How this marketing tool can help you drive sales

What is your Trump card?

What we can learn from Trump’s election victory that we can use to improve our marketing, writes Rick Ed

The secret behind RocoMamas' social media success

And how you too can rock your online game

The business strategy that's helping Coca-Cola, Netflix and Puma dominate their industries

How Business Intelligence is helping businesses make quicker decisions, identify opportunities and gain greater customer insights

High employee turnover – what it really costs your business

76% of millennials plan to leave their current employers before 2020 - what this means for your business

Do you have toxic leadership in your business?

How to spot and fix dysfunctional office politics

What SA can learn from India's fintech industry

How the country is finding innovative solutions to help reduce the vast gap between the rich and poor

Become a recession-proof entrepreneur - this is how

Tough times don't last, tough entrepreneurs do, writes Shirley Anthony

Goal setting 101 for your most successful year yet

How to work faster, better and with greater purpose

How influencer marketing can help you reach more customers

The power of word-of-mouth multiplied

An insider look at SA's fintech landscape

The rise of bitcoin and mobile payments and other major developments that you can't afford to ignore

A startup's short guide to finally using cloud

The 4 ways cloud can help you with your finances, HR, marketing and sales

What we can learn about SA's future entrepreneurs

Today’s learners, tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, writes Rick Ed

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

1 in 7 Africans receive remittances - Here's what this means for the continent

How funds received from the diaspora are put to use, writes Dipolelo Moime

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

Tax advice for 2017 from TaxTim co-founder

7 tips to ensure that your SME is tax compliant

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

A digital marketing expert on how to make your business stand out from your competitors

And see how business icon Richard Branson also makes use of these strategies

Create attention!

.... Donald Trump does, writes Shirley Anthony

5 predictions for property sales in 2017

These factors are expected to change the way people buy and sell property in 2017

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

Business owners' insurance made simple

How to get the right cover

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

9 mobile trends for 2017 that all entrepreneurs need to know about

Here's why mobile apps should stay on your radar this year and how they can help you grow your business

What should you and Richard Branson have in common?

Make 2017 the year when you really observe what your clients and prospects do and say, writes Shirley Anthony

5 ways to finally nail your enterprise and supplier development strategy in 2017

This is what big corporates are looking for in SME suppliers

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

Some of the best financial advice we picked up in 2016

Some of the best financial advice we picked up this year

The top 5 franchise trends expected in South Africa in 2017

The continued rise of the restaurant and coffee shop sector, and other developments to look forward to

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

The last 4 things you need to do this year

Enter 2017 in the right frame of mind

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

What it's going to take to succeed as an entrepreneur in 2017

Despite challenging conditions there are positive signs for aspirant entrepreneurs

What is the role of entrepreneurs in helping to avoid a downgrade next year?

The ability of SMEs to persevere in difficult economic times will contribute positively to economic growth and job creation, writes Trudi Makhaya

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

Why 2017 is the year to finally build a strong innovation culture in your business

‘Own’ innovation and build it into the organisational culture, writes Annelize van Rensburg

'People don't leave companies – they leave bad managers ' and other HR truths to know

5 simple ways to reduce employee turnover

The entrepreneurs' formula for building wealth

Meet those BIG targets by running a growth-focused business, writes Shirley Anthony

Bearing witness to Africa's startup revolution

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

Entrepreneurs don't wait

Create your own fate, writes Rick Ed

What you need to know about how your customers want to pay you

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Yossi Hasson, on why security, convenience and cost are the three most important considerations you need to cover

This property startup wants to change how we buy and sell property forever

PropertyFox co-founders on bringing simplicity, affordability and transparency to the real estate industry

A checklist for your annual December holiday shutdown

Don't leave for the beach before you do the following

5 reasons your sales strategy failed this year AND what you can do to fix it

Not knowing your target market, and other lead generation mistakes that are slowing you down

Speak to your customer, not just the season AND other festive season lessons

At the end of a busy year the last thing they want is to be bombarded with more pushy adverts, writes Dov Girnun

The new rules of choosing an office space for your business

Moving to a new space in 2017? Why you should consider the location, flexibility of the lease, and internet speeds in your search

What you are still doing wrong when looking for funding - and how to (finally) get it right

Experts share tips on how to put your best foot forward when looking for funding and a few rookie mistakes to avoid

Maximise your festive profits with hands-on leadership and well-trained staff

"When superior performance over a critical period is vital, wishy-washy statements from the boss’s office probably won’t cut it," writes Aki Kalliatakis

The surprising ways your business stands to benefit from a well compensated team

How you can reap the (sometimes unexpected) benefits of paying your employees well

How this fintech startup secured a partnership with a global law firm

Co-founder shares the 3 early-stage strategies that laid the foundation for DocFox's success

This app is helping the blind lead more independent lives

Two techpreneurs are building tech that empowers people with disabilities

'Find the WHY' - and other strategies to position your business for growth in 2017

Cal Fussman, Miles Khubeka, John Sanei and Mark Sham share what you need to be doing

The pros and cons of Black Friday for small businesses

How to cash in on this retail tradition

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

Going beyond the pitch

Help investors, your clients and team to realise your business' true value, writes Gizelle Meyer

Surviving in an era of disruption - A how-to guide for businesses

7 steps to self-disruption

6 leadership truths all entrepreneurs should know

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

Which of these 5 entrepreneur myths are you still hanging on to?

What you think it takes to succeed may be all wrong, writes Perry Kamel

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

Dos and Don'ts for Workplace Celebrations

To party or not to party? That is the question, writes Gusti Coetzer

How the Le Lapa Fund is using the power of the crowd to get African SMEs funded

Co-founder Elizabeth Howard on closing Africa's investment gap, and why the continent needs 'patient capital'

7 must-have tech solutions for every startup

Make use of these tools for everything from marketing and accounting to communication

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

Business is challenging, getting rewarded is easy

Everything you need to know about Standard Bank's UCount Rewards for 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

What business owners can learn from 2016 and the trends ahead

Economic and fiscal outlook by Trudi Makhaya

The secret behind this child hair care franchise

Founder of Maddy Magoo and 'mumpreneur' Lauren de Swardt has hit on a winning formula

5 ways to become an employer of choice

How to meet employee needs and develop a progressive workplace

How this fintech startup is making it easier for South Africans to save

MyTreasury founders on why they are not just another comparison site

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

Help your team fight year-end fatigue

Ideas to bring back the oomph

7 things you can do today to boost your team's performance

Build a team that shares your passion, and has the skills you need, writes Dov Girnun

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

'Get your foot in the door' - 4 ways to succeed with big businesses

Talking procurement strategies, supplier development as well as how to get that contract

9 myths about taking your biz online you need to stop believing

Why social media marketing is a legitimate and powerful tool for startups

Tech’s big role in Africa’s entrepreneurship success

Google SA's Mich Atagana on why US tech giants are betting on Africa and why diversity is crucial to the continent's success

Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur?

The ability to spot opportunities where there are challenges is the key difference between the two, writes Rick Ed

5 entrepreneurs share the critical skills they learnt on the job

And what you can learn from their hard-won experiences

5 advantages of being a small business

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

A strategic approach to hiring

It's about knowing where you are going with your business and who you need on your team to get you there

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

Powerful quotes on vision, purpose and making a difference

Key themes for entrepreneurs to look out for in the medium term budget

From tax proposals to funding allocations for entrepreneurs - these are the issues that should be on your radar

How this payments startup grew its transactions by 500%

In what is a crowded market - here's how i-Pay is achieving exceptional growth

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

#FixMyBiz – You asked the questions, here are the answers

Dominique Collett, Lesiba Mooka and other industry experts take on your burning business-related questions like how to find funding for the not so run-of-the-mill startup

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

For women by women - What you need to know about the Alitheia Identity Fund

Fund backs high-growth women-led SMEs across Africa

5 SA entrepreneurs whose blogs and websites you should be reading

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