EOY 2011: Open for entries

South Africa's most prestigious entrepreneurial awards are once again open for entries. The 2011 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® awards recognise and celebrate the innovation, drive and commitment of small and medium enterprise (SME) decision makers the men and women that feed, clothe and grow our country. Now in its 22nd year, the awards will also introduce a number of new initiatives to further the SME cause.
Family ties build sustainable businesses. Family ties build sustainable businesses.

Family bonds bind businesses
Family businesses weather recession

Family owned businesses are made of strong stuff according to a new survey.

The PwC Family Business Survey 2010/11 found that the vast majority of these businesses survived the recession because of their ownership structure.

The global survey interviewed businesses on a number of operational and financial elements and the results are in some cases quite remarkable. The vast majority of the local respondents were SMEs who were polled between 2009 and 2010.

During this time, 55% of these businesses showed growth with 23% noting "significant" increase in the demand for their product or service.
Ronel Venter, owner of Season to Season Ronel Venter, owner of Season to Season

EOY entrant: Season to taste
Manufacturer takes on the big boys

The humble cheese flavoured maize nak has been with us for decades.

But, there are good naks, mediocre ones and horrid specimens available on the market.

Chances are that the better ones were flavoured by someone the likes of Ronel Venter.

Mediocrity is not something that Venter aspires to and she is adamant that her seasoning manufacturing concern will continue to only develop the best.

It is this drive and aspiration that saw Venter become a finalist for the 2010 Sanlam / Business Partners Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year® award.
Lewis Thomas, owner of Partners Hair Design Lewis Thomas, owner of Partners Hair Design

A cut above
Salon chain shows how it's done

Almost three decades ago, Lewis Thomas would arrive at work and cut people's hair while his boss looked on.

Today, he is still in the hairdressing business but he has 120 stylists who trim, dry and style.

Lewis' Partners Hair Design has an amazing presence in the Western Cape through its 11 unisex and eight gents salons.

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, he was also a finalist and strong contender for the 2010 Sanlam / Business Partners Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year® award.
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