2016 SA Small Business Award Winners

I had the opportunity of attending the 2016 South African Small Business Awards at Monte Casino in Fourways, Johannesburg.

I never thought that a breakfast gala event can be so well organised. From the entertainment to the MC to the food, everything was done well. The organisers and the sponsors went all out to make sure that the small business owners who were being honoured feel like their contribution to the economy and society is important.

The awards are a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional business people behind these successful and growing businesses. The event which has been running for eight years is sponsored by FNB, Adams and Adams, DHL and World Famous Events is hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).

The event drew a record number of entries from a diverse range of sectors ranging from technology, retail, transportation, music and engineering.  Out of all the entries, only 20 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Award winners were the finalists of the awards and were eligible to win in three categories. And the categories had two runner ups and one national winner.

Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC says each of 2016 winners demonstrate incredible tenacity, passion and dedication. “It is a privilege for the NSBC to play a role in promoting small businesses and encourage a much-needed spirit of entrepreneurship through the South African Small Business Awards,” he notes.

Out of the 20 finalists, 11 of the winners were women. This a great achievement to advancing women's empowerment in our country.

The full list of winners are as follows: 

National Small Business Champion

Roxanne Page - SassyChic

National Entrepreneur Champion

Calvin Mathibeli - Calvin And Family Group

National Woman in Business Champion

Vino Govender - LA Consulting Engineers

Special Awards:

National Skills Development Award

Eco Furniture Design (Tameron Haralambous)

National Innovation Award

Little Green Number (Juanita Van Der Merwe)

The founder and CEO of NSBC, Mike Anderson said the road to the top for entrepreneurs is not a perfect road and entrepreneurs will face failure while being on the road to success.  And many of these entrepreneurs have had their fair share of it and being recognised was the highlight of their journey.

I really enjoyed myself and I hope to see more women entering such events. But first they have to start a business. Currently, NSBC is involved in a number of events that are meant to help South African's move beyond a job seeking mentality and to pursue the entrepreneurial journey.

And next year, NSBC in association with World Famous Events will be holding NSBC Summit 2017 . The event will be held in JHB, Durban & Cape Town. This is where as a business you will get personal with top of the line speakers, business experts, incredible interactive exhibits, cutting edge solutions, new trends, world class networking, incredible ideas and opportunities in-depth education, and off-the-chart experiences.

Tickets are free and you can get them here. If you are thinking of starting a business, these a great networking session. I have my ticket already. I hope to see you there.