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SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE 2009 Africa SMME Conference Theme: SMMEs in Africa: Successes and Challenges & Africa SMME Awards Date : 15 October 2009 Venue : Spier Estate, Stellenbosch Africagrowth Institute, PO Box 3628, Tygervalley, 7536 It is our business to help your business… Dear Sir / Madam Africagrowth Institute will host the Annual Africa SMME Conference and Awards on the 15 October 2009. The theme of the conference will be: SMMEs in Africa: Successes and Challenges. The conference will discuss success stories, best practices and key challenges that face Africa’s SMMEs in the global market. The 2009 conference will once again host the Africa SMME Awards Banquet, during which the top SMMEs in Africa will be honoured. To ensure the success of this event, partnerships, financial support and key stakeholder’s involvement are very important. We therefore take great pleasure to invite you to partner with us and be part of this prestigious event. Below is a table of opportunities that may assist you to partner with us and support this unique and wonderful Africa-wide initiative. We shall be grateful if you could take a few minutes of your time to look at the sponsorship opportunities enclosed and generously support this unique and vital Africa initiative. We look forward to discussing the partnership opportunities between your company and look forward to working with you to promote Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit. Yours sincerely N Biekpe DPotgieter Professor Nicholas Biekpe Dina Potgieter President : Africagrowth Institute Manager : SMME Project Board of Directors : Professor Jimnah Mbaru (Kenya); Mr. Phil Molefe (South Africa); Ms. Vuyo Mahlati (South Africa); Mr. Mumba Kapumpa (Zambia); Dr. Mohammed Jahed (South Africa); Dr. Agatha Biekpe (UK); Professor Nicholas Biekpe (South Africa) 2009 AFRICA SMME CONFERENCE AND SMME AWARDS Over the last decade, Africa has witnessed a significant and sustained growth rate similar to Asia in the 1950s. Despite the positive development progress, much is yet to be done relieve poverty in the continent. Specifically, there has been a significant realisation that Africa needs to look at the small business sector if the current growth trend is to be sustained. It is now well established that small, medium and micro enterprises are playing a central role in driving the continent’s growth trend and that they form the backbone of employment-creating initiatives in Africa, as the sector is, by far, the biggest contributor to economic activity in the continent. For the continent to continue to prosper, big business, development institutions, government and other private non-private sector institutions have a critical role to play to promote SMME development. It is now very clear that economic development, in the continent, will be stagnated if the SMME fails to take a development lead. . To address this, Africagrowth Agenda in partnership with African government and major organisations is organising the third Africa SMME Conference and Awards which will take place on the 15th of October 2009. The Conference and Awards ceremony will present recent growth trends and challenges in SMME development in the continent and reward successful SMME entrepreneurs that have excelled in business innovation and drive that has helped to make significant difference to the lives of people in the continent. The main aim of this event is, therefore, to support and showcase Africa’s finest entrepreneurial achievements in the SMMEs sector. The awards will consist of 6 Sector categories and an overall winner. Aims and Objectives of Conference and Award Ceremony To showcase Africa’s successful SMMEs; To promote and highlight the role that SMMEs play in economic development of the continent; To present case studies and research findings in the SMME sector; To present African SMME sector indices and indicators; To bring together governments, development institutions, investors, academics and private sector institutions who are involved in SMMEs in the development of the SMMEs sector; To discuss best practices in the SMMEs sector; To bring big business and SMMEs together “under one roof”; To help promote SMMEs Research and development ; AFRICA SMME AWARDS The Africa SMME Awards are presented to businesses that strive for excellence in order to be competitive in national, regional, and international markets. These businesses must be well established, in good financial shape and enjoy a reputation for quality, integrity and service. Furthermore, they must act in a socially responsible manner and create a work environment in which their employees can learn and grow. SMMEs can be nominated in any of the following categories and must only enter for one category. Out of all the winners per category, an overall winner will be selected. 2008 SMME Award Winners and Mr Rob Davies, Categories Areas Deputy Minister, Trade and Industry. Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas, Water, Construction, Industrial Sector Award Mining & Quarrying and Agriculture Sector Trade Sector Award Wholesale, Retail Sector, Arts and crafts Services Sector Award Financial & Business Services, Transport, Storage, Communication, Hospitality and Tourism Sector Best New Business Award For outstanding results achieved in creating a new business, less than three years in operation, and attaining quantifiable business outcomes Most Innovative Award For outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, a company possesses in pioneering new approaches and the ability to adapt and develop products and/ or professional services ahead of the market Young Enterprise Award For outstanding accomplishment made by a business Director and/ or Owner at the age of 30 or under Africa SMME of the Year The overall Africa SMME of the Year recipient will be selected from the winners of the categories shown above Award The Sponsorship The organisers of this important African initiative greatly acknowledge and salute your organisation’s support and contribution to promoting development in the continent and would be very honoured if you could consider sponsoring the event. The event attracts investors, entrepreneurs and high profile speakers and participants from private sector institutions, African governments, SMME sector, small and medium enterprise support agencies, and other development institutions throughout the continent and beyond. Benefits to Sponsor: (Table of sponsorship options attached) It is our business to help your business! TO SPONSOR THE CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS FOR THE 2009 AFRICA SMME CONFERENCE The table below shows the different sponsorship opportunities available at the 2009 Africa SMME Conference and the benefits that the sponsor will enjoy. Speaking Delegates to Advertisement in Advertisement in Interview with Display banner Logo in Free Subscription to CONFERENCE Contribution opportunity attend the Conference Brochure Africagrowth Agenda Senior and promotional Conference the Africagrowth (excl. VAT) on relevant Conference Magazine Manager to be article(s) at brochure, on Growth Publication topic and Awards Full page Half Page published in conference or conference for 1 year banquet for (A4) (A5) Full Page Half Page Africa Growth banquet website and on free (A4) (A4) Agenda presentation Magazine screen Platinum Sponsor R100 000 √ 10 √ √ √ √ √ √ Gold Sponsor R50 000 √ 5 √ √ √ √ √ Silver Sponsor R30 000 3 √ √ √ √ √ Bronze Sponsor R20 000 2 √ √ √ √ Speaker Gifts & R 8 000 2 √ √ Conference Bags Refreshment R 6 000 2 √ Break √ Benefits included in package Note that all amounts are excluding VAT It is our business to help your business! TO SPONSOR THE AWARDS SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS FOR THE 2009 AFRICA SMME AWARDS The table below shows the different sponsorship opportunities available at the 2009 Africa SMME Awards Banquet and the benefits that the sponsor will enjoy. Speaking Delegates to Advertisement in Awards Advertisement in Interview with Display banner and Logo in Awards Company Contribution Guest opportunity attend the Brochure (A5) Africagrowth Agenda Senior Manager promotional brochure, on Name printed AFRICA (excl. VAT) Speaker at on relevant Awards Magazine to be published in article(s) at Awards Awards website and on Africa SMME the SMME topic at the banquet for Full page Half Page Africa Growth banquet on presentation SMME Awards conference free (A5) (A5) Full Page Half Page Agenda Magazine screen Award AWARDS (A4) (A4) Trophy Ambassador R200 000 √ √ 15 √ √ √ √ √ √ Sponsor All Sector Awards R150 000 √ 10 √ √ √ √ √ √ Africa SMME of the R60 000 √ 5 √ √ √ √ √ year award Individual & Sector R30 000 3 √ √ √ √ √ Awards (6) Décor at banquet R30 000 3 √ √ √ √ √ Table Sponsor R6 000 8 Note that these amounts exclude VAT Sectors: Industrial Sector, Trade Sector, Services Sector: Individual Awards: Best New Business Award, Most Innovative Enterprise Award, Young Enterprise Award It is our business to help your business!
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