15 November BCMM presents the 2017 Franchise Expo November 15, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality will be hosting its fourth annual Franchise Expo at the ICC East London from the 16 to 18 November 2017. The event has gained huge support over the years and as a result, it is set to be bigger and better with about 50 exhibiters in line to showcase their franchises and business opportunities. The expo is an enterprise development initiative of BCMM. It is aimed at linking franchisors and SMEs offering business opportunities with potential investors and financial institutions. Some of the exhibitors this year include ABSA, Amway, Doves, Daily Dispatch, Nino’s and many more. In addition, the expo features an exciting workshop programme which is aimed at removing uncertainties about whether franchising is something they should consider. Existing franchisors, franchisees, business owners who would like to franchise there, business entrepreneurs interested in owning a franchise, school-leavers and graduates entering the business arena, business developers, financial institutions, local, district and provincial government members of the public are all encouraged to attend. Attendees will be able to tap into the latest developments critical to franchising, explore the role of franchising in the empowerment of the small business sector, engage knowledge sharing and networking. Experts in their respective field will inform attendees about the diverse options available, how to assess them and how to make the decision that’s right for them. While some of the presentations will be offered daily, others are once-off events. The full events programme is available on the website www.bcmmfranchise.co.za The day will also see visitors engaging with exhibitors, questions answered by experts, visitors to the expo will receive information material they can take home for future reference. Entry to the eagerly anticipated expo and workshop attend is free. Related 2017 BCMM Franchise Expo launched The three-day long annual franchise expo kick started on Thursday 16 to 18 November at the East London Convention Centre (ICC). The expo was run to give platform to showcase the existing franchise as well as small business opportunities and the workshop sessions to help citizens of Buffalo City to fully understand how franchising work. Moreover, to attract new investors of the varied business franchises on offer and encourage entrepreneurs to invest in Buffalo City. There are huge benefits available for investors, which in turn will beef up the economy in the city. The annual franchise expo was organized by the BCM’s Local Economic Development Business Unit. At least 75 franchise companies set up stalls at the East London Convention Centre to showcase their products. Speaking at the expo Pakati said, “Through the Expo, we aim to connect our entrepreneurs with industry role players not only for franchising opportunities but also for motivation and inspiration.” “The Expo will assist our people to get a better understanding of the Franchising model by offering a credible platform for the showcasing of existing franchise and small business opportunities,” said Pakati. “We are very proud to announce that this initiative has assisted in bringing two new franchisees into the city with Fournew's shortly opening a News Cafe and with an SME that is currently negotiating financing for a Sherpa Kids franchise,” he said. Adding to that, BCM General Manager of Trade and Industry Development Xolelwa Majiza said, “This year the city has increased the exhibitors that has joined the expo and also prepared entrepreneurs lounge business persons to interact and connect with each other.” She added that BCM’s expo has been rated number one comparing with other expos taking place in nine provinces. “There are also expertise from the Border Kei Chamber of Business, Black Management Forum (BMF), Maid4U, Business Women Association (BWA) and Black Business Forum (BBF) that attended the franchise to share their skills with BCM entrepreneurs,” she said. Among the people who came to the expo to share their skills was the founder of a recruitment agency called Maid4U, Lindiwe Shibambo who endured challenges as a young woman growing up in Pretoria. Lindiwe motivated and shared her success story with the BCM entrepreneurs and said she took a profound interest to train, develop & recruit individuals who have a passion for au pair & housekeeping. Before Maid4U was established to become a successful agency today. She concluded by saying, “stay strong and focused. Remember that our deepest fear is that we are not inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond our own measure.” 2015 Franchise Expo Pre-Launch The Metro on Thursday 27 August, held a Pre-Launch Cocktail Event with the aim to create hype and marketing around the actual event which will be held in November 13 - 14 at the East London ICC. Join other potential investors on those two days and see how you and your organisation can tap into and benefit from many exciting franchising opportunities available in the Buffalo City Metro. Book your space at the upcoming BCMM Franchise Expo now and visit www.bcmmfranchise.co.za to register and book online. 2017 BCMM Agricultural Show The BCMM Agricultural Show was a two-day event which began from 20-21September 2017. Day one consisted of information sharing. Speakers gave talks on topics such as markets as well exports. Potential investors and agricultural companies were also invited to make presentations. Day two consisted of demonstrations of exhibition of stalls. Farmers with produce were judged on the day by judges based on how they presented their work. Speaking about the programme Portfolio Head for Local Economic Development Pumla Nazo said, “The programme seeks to acknowledge, encourage and increase the participation of emerging farmers in agricultural sector. The major thrust of this programme is to underline the fact that the emerging farmers play a significant role in food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation”. “The programme has a long term ambition to leveraged emerging farmers from subsistence and small holder producers to commercial entrepreneur who will also venture in to export market,” she said. The categories that they were judged on comprised of; · Fresh produce farmers · Grain produce farmers · Livestock farmers (small & large) · Poultry farmers · Beadwork · Hand work and · Home industry According to a Municipal Report, the aim and objectives of the agricultural show are: · To provide an environment for all those involved in agricultural development to exhibit their products · To disseminate information on agricultural products for which there is a potential in the City, as well as ways and means for their piloting. · To attract presenters from large-scale corporate buyers of agricultural produce to learn their requirements. · To engage agricultural stakeholders from outside the City to learn different approaches and best practices for agricultural development. · To promote the concept of agro-processing and to introduce possibilities for “home-industry” processing as a means to learn basic methods in preparation for future industrial scale processing. · To engage trade suppliers as potential exhibitors of equipment and inputs. · To attract interest of potential investors in agricultural development from inside and outside the City. The winners for the day each received a cheque for the presentation of their work. The third price which was taken by Cameroon was R10 000, followed by Lesotho in the second place and received R20 000 and lastly the winner of the day was South Africa who received an amount of R30 000 for taking first place. BCMM SOMA 2017 Today's SOMA will be the first in local government to hoist both the SA's National Flag alongside the AU flag and to sing both anthems respectively. 2017 Energy Indaba To register for the Indaba stakeholders can log on to www.bcmmenergyindaba.co.za - the registration fee for stakeholders is R1000 which covers all meeting materials, a goodie bag and all meals for the two-day session. For Corporate Sponsorship one can obtain the forms on http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/notices/Energy_Sponsor_2017.pdf while exhibitors can go to http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/notices/Energy_Exhibition_2017.pdf Exhibitors for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP and contact info on email@example.com If you have any additional queries on the Indaba contact Dineo Mancotywa on 083 243 6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Indaba Registration closes on November 17, 2017. The Indaba opens on Monday 20 November followed by a cocktail event in the evening and closes on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. The theme for this year’s Indaba is “BCMM Energy Alternative Energy Solutions for Sustainable Development” Follow us on Facebook @BuffaloCityMetro and Twitter on @OfficialBCMM with the #BCMMEnergyIndaba Grooming entrepreneurs on export The Buffalo City Export Helpdesk is a partnership programme between Buffalo City Metro and Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). The aim is to develop and promote Export in the BCMM region. The aim of the workshop was to bring awareness and share information for Mdantsane business and surrounds on the benefits of extending their market base beyond South Africa. Other stakeholders who were part of the seminar include ABSA, South African Revenue Service (SARS), Transnet and Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA). Speaking broadly about the workshop, ECDA Helpdesk Officer Linda Lubengu said, “Today’s workshop was aimed at capacitating those businesses that are at their entry level of exporting and those that have products but have not yet started exporting.” “We were just bringing an awareness to businesses on how they can begin exporting. Mdantsane became our main target as we felt that we must inform them more because they do have products but they don’t know what to do, so we wanted to reach out to them,” she added. Various business entrepreneurs came out in their numbers to attend the event and grasp as much information as they could. Aspiring Export Trader Siyabulela Rali said that this was a great initiative for many of us who did not have knowledge of how the export operations work. “Having a business on its own is not easy there are good and bad days, but with such workshops especially coming to places like Mdantsane will truly assist us.” In culminating the seminar Lubengu concluded by adding that the workshops will also take place in other various locations still to be identified, as they want to educate entrepreneurs of the City. Comments are closed.