Perseverance, dedication and determination are three qualities that Amanda Giannaros possesses and has used in her journey, from studying to become a teacher in the Eastern Cape to becoming a co-owner of one of the busiest Spars in Cape Town's CBD. Amanda and her husband Angelo have become a formidable team in the retail industry since acquiring ownership of the Spar based in the Grand Central (the old post office building) in 2006.
Eat Smart Organics (PTY) Ltd is the first certified organic food factory to prepare and package ‘heat and eat' nutritionally balanced organic meals for the hospitality industry, retail sector, convenience stores and corporate markets. The company's fully Ecocert-accredited organic food factory is situated in Montague Gardens, Cape Town. It is a wholly women-owned and managed business. Each shareholder brings her own special brand of skill and expertise to the business, combining to make a formidable team.
Valmé Stewart, owner and managing director of Mérieux NutriSciences (formerly Swift Micro Laboratories (Pty) Ltd). Since its inception in 1991 as the first commercial food-testing laboratory of its kind in South Africa, Mérieux NutriSciences has built a brand name synonymous with quality and service. In South Africa, Mérieux NutriSciences provides a comprehensive product-safety service to the food and beverage, cosmetics, hospitality and related industries throughout the SADC region from its branches in Cape Town, Midrand, Durban, George and Jeffreys Bay.
Shana Kassiem is the co-founder of Maxxor (previously known as Maxxor Business Solutions) and used to lead the company's Software Services division as their CEO. She has over a decade of experience in the ICT Sector and, over the years, she has come across many challenges as a female entrepreneur. Here are a few of those challenges, how she has overcome them, as well as some resources to help along the way.
DestinyConnect.com launched in September 2008 as a custom-designed content and social network site. A dedicated Ndalo Media team manages content and interaction. The site is a custom-designed social network that unites DESTINY readers, giving them exclusive access to content, contacts and mentorship advice in a real-time, real-life setting. The overall purpose is to connect users, encourage networking, mentorship and information-sharing, and to establish Ndalo Media as a leader in digital communication in South Africa.
Fine Women Business Network is a platform that supports people to expand their business through powerful networking and opportunities. It is an initiative designed to give aspiring and existing entrepreneurs the edge by providing a regular forum to network (Cape Town and JHB) through events, workshops and training. Monthly breakfast meetings and regular training sessions are held, among other services.
In today’s world, one of the biggest challenges that we women face is how to balance family and work without doing a “half-job” on either. Running a home-based business presents its own unique issues, as entrepreneur Colette Symanowitz knows only too well. With some experience under her belt, Colette explains how she manages this balancing act. In this article, Colette expands on four tips for having a balanced work and family life when working from home.
InspiringWomen.co.za is a website dedicated to providing articles, content, and resources for women on a variety of topics namely business, career, family, fashion & beauty, health, lifestyle, and recipes. In addition to several other focus areas, the site delivers content specific to legal matters, your business, financial planning, your career, wellness, and travel and leisure. The site also provides women with the opportunity to find inspiration for themselves and their business by looking at the site's inspiring woman of the month as well as articles designed to facilitate personal development.
Net-workingWomen is an A-Z online directory for working women to advertise their businesses, products, services, skills and resources. NWW was started in 2005, and has built up an extensive and expanding, database of women in business. From grassroots informal business sectors, to the top movers and shakers worldwide, women are becoming major financial contributors in society. With this in mind, www.net-workingwomen.com aims to connect working women globally, and to provide a link to a more inclusive, communicative, and supportive womens’ network.