Bloemfontein, Free State
Creating access to markets for entrepreneurs
20 May 2019
More About Top Women
The national Standard Bank Top Women Conference takes place in Johannesburg every August – but calls have come in from thousands of women around the country, who want to participate and boost their business prospects. Now, regional Top Women Conferences will also travel to North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape regions in 2019 to reach out to entrepreneurial women across the country who can look forward to hearing first-hand from successful Leading Women Awards winners and Entrepreneurs.
Attendees will come away with a new game plan for success, based on personal journeys related by these women leaders – and a clearer idea of where and how to grow their own businesses.
Research shows that women in business are better borrowers and financial managers than men. Women are more likely to share their success outwards into their communities, which helps to uplift socio-economic conditions as a whole. Yet South African women entrepreneurs make up less than 5% of the entrepreneurial population – well below the global average.
Top Women, together with the bank that prioritizes support for women pursuing their “next”, is coming to your city to change that.
Taking down the final barrier
For women entrepreneurs, the biggest barrier to success is usually not business intelligence or innovative business models, but simply access to trade or markets – They have products and services but WHERE and HOW do they find opportunities to gain more clients and market share – locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally? Big corporates have recently been mandated through B-BEE and Supplier Development funding to start doing more business with black women-owned suppliers. If South Africa’s entrepreneurial women can open up such opportunities their productivity will soar, job creation will increase and their success will ripple outwards into the wider economy.
Women advancing together
Central to the regional Conferences will be the 1 – hour Fast Track Networking sessions,
in which the entrepreneurial need for networking opportunities will be fully met. Participants will build up new meaningful personal networks, generate business interest or partnerships and gain even more business-building knowledge by sharing challenges, insights, and tips with other up-and-coming entrepreneurs. If you’re coming, bring lots of business cards.
What People are Saying
This has been an uplifting and educational session from all the speakers and their experiences. Thank you Standard Bank
– Shamila Phillips
COO, Moneypenny Accounting services
The event exceeded my expectations. Well worth travelling from Gauteng. I think it was well planned and I enjoyed the speaker lineup. Women are phenomenal!
– Elmyra Willemse
Senior Account Executive
I loved hearing from the successful entrepreneurs, lots of valuable advice and the networking was much easier
– Christi Kahle
Accounts Manager, TRI Partitioning
Very well organised, high quality and relevant speakers and content. I really enjoyed the Fast Track Networking
– Mary Faulks
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