The Durban Business Fair 2015 ends on a high note!
This year marked the 17th annual Durban Business Fair (DBF). The Durban Business Fair took place from 16 to 18 October at Durban Exhibition Centre. The DBF Exhibition held over three days attracted over 12 500 visitors. The event was a phenomenal success.
The Durban Business Fair (DBF) aimed at empowering a number of entrepreneurs while exposing over 550 local businesses to an international audience.
A huge attraction of the programme was the business conference which entrepreneurs hailed a success as the high-profile speakers encouraged them to never stop striving to achieve their goals inspired them.
The second Durban Business Fair Excellence Awards was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. American author, inspirational speaker and television personality Iyanla Vanzant delivered a powerful talk on the power of a strong no and a powerful yes in life. Iyanla Vanzant told the aspirant entrepreneurs to stand by decisions taken to improve their businesses and not feel the need to explain those decisions to others.
The Durban Business Fair also featured the first ever Youth Corner, where young people were inspired by the stories of young, successful entrepreneurs about their journey and how they found their place in the business world.
The theme of the Durban Business Fair was ‘Connecting local businesses to the rest of the world’. A number of business meetings were held between local and international businesses under the International Pavilion to encourage possible links and future export opportunities.
To encourage innovation the City held Speed Marketing Sessions where exhibitors were given a platform to creatively pitch their products to potential buyers and investors in 60 seconds. The winning two SMMEs walked away with a tablet each to advance their technological connectivity, knowledge and skills.
The exhibition concluded with the announcement of the winners of the best stand competition. All three winners were given a free exhibition stand at the 2016 Durban Business Fair as well an E-commerce website design, an online business course and a one year DCCI membership.