Smartcom is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for budding entrepreneurs in the small business sector. The Smartcom Small Business Awards will give small business owners and entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their business and stand a chance to win a coveted title and great prizes.

The Small Business Awards comprise of three categories, each focusing on a specific group of entrepreneurs and businesses.

The Smartcom Small Business of the Year

The Smartcom Small Business of the Year will win:

• A subscription for Entrepreneur Magazine
• A social media starter pack from The Social Media Company
• SmartView (managing cellular account) to the value of R500 from Smartcom
• A Vodafone R218 mobile WiFi router and 200MB worth of data for 12 months from Smartcom
• Business cards to the value of R3500 from Nippy Print
• A BlackBerry KEYone from BlackBerry

To be eligible to enter in this category, your business must adhere to the following criteria:

– Your business must be registered as a business.
– No government or semi-government owned businesses may enter.
– No business publicly listed on any stock exchange may enter.
– Businesses from any industry may enter.
– You may only enter an existing, trading business that is older than 6 months.

To enter, you will be required to complete the relevant application form, and upload photos that showcase your business, team, products and/ or services.

The Smartcom Informal Business of the Year

The Smartcom Informal Business of the Year will win:

• A subscription for Entrepreneur Magazine
• A social media starter pack from The Social Media Company
• A hamper from From Me
• A Vodafone R218 mobile WiFi router and 200MB worth of data for 12 months from Smartcom
• 5000 flyers and 2 x 100 business cards from Nippy Print
• A BlackBerry KEYone from BlackBerry

This category is for businesses that are not formally registered and operate in the informal sector. It is open to all informal vendors, spaza shops and any other entrepreneurs operating in the informal sector. To qualify, you will have to show proof of your existing business, a history of trading and your plans for future growth.

To enter, you will be required to complete the relevant application form, and upload photos that showcase your business, team, products and/ or services.

The Smartcom Youth Entrepreneur of the Year

The Smartcom Youth Entrepreneur of the Year will win:

• A subscription for Entrepreneur Magazine
• A 5-page website from Oxley Digital
• A hamper from From Me
• A Vodafone R218 mobile WiFi router and 200MB worth of data for 12 months from Smartcom
• 2 x 100 business cards and 2 A1 posters from Nippy Print
• A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7-inch and 1GB of data

To be eligible to enter in this category, your business must adhere to the following criteria:

– Any entrepreneur under the age of 21 may enter.
– You must own an existing business.
– All owners of the business must be under the age of 21.
– You must be able to show a history of your business trading.
– You may enter as an individual business owner or as part of a partnership.

To enter, you will be required to complete the relevant application form, and upload photos that showcase your business, team, products and/ or services.

Entries for all categories in the Smartcom Small Business Awards will officially open on Monday, 23 April 2018, and entries close on 30 June 2018.

Small businesses are the backbone of their communities and a driving force of the South African economy as a whole. Smartcom believes that initiatives like the Small Business Awards will encourage small business owners in this vitally important endeavour. Enter your small business today!

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