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:::2007 Highlights:::
Standard Bank and Marie Claire recognise incredible women in business

At an awards function held at the Westcliff on 1 August 2007, Confidence Nkosi-Majahi, beauty therapist and owner of beauty salon chain Romeo and Juliet, was chosen as the Standard Bank/ Marie Claire Incredible Woman of the Year for 2007.

A simple and innovative business idea, a positive attitude and tenacious ambition helped Confidence win the title of Incredible Woman of the Year 2007. Her first business venture involved renting a chair at a taxi rank where commuters could have their hair and make-up done. Since then, Confidence has systematically grown her business and now owns a series of chain stores in Soweto. Her hard work and perseverance through the years has helped her accomplish her dreams. She is also very involved in her community, and empowering and providing other women with the skills that may one day help them become successful entrepreneurs.

Melt van der Spuy, director, business support, business and private banking, says: "Through strong determination, will power and hard work, Confidence and the other finalists have become successful independent entrepreneurial women. Not only are they successful in their businesses, but they have also empowered their staff and set an example for future female entrepreneurs in the country.

Launched in 2006, the premise of the Standard Bank/ Marie Claire partnership was to feature iconic female business women as role-models for aspiring young women who also nurtured the dream of starting their own business.

Twelve women were profiled from a variety of job categories, all owner-managers e.g. restaurateur, fashion designer, shop owner etc.

The year long partnership has been an inspirational and rewarding journey for Confidence and the other 11 finalists during which they have shared their experiences in navigating the challenging business landscape as entrepreneurs. Topics unpacked in the series ranged from formalising the business idea, constructing a solid and viable business plan, human resource aspects, business growth and tips on marketing your business and yourself.

Kate Wilson, editor of Marie Claire explains: "Confidence is a highly accessible role model for all women in South Africa regardless of their social position. Her story is inspirational because she started with so little and has achieved so much, which should help demystify the process for other women and inspire them to follow her example. For Marie Claire, the definition of an 'incredible woman' is someone who is able to turn their dream into a business reality against all odds. Confidence did exactly that."

It is evident that women in South Africa are embracing an entrepreneurial spirit and working towards becoming leading business role models. Standard Bank believes in supporting upcoming and established entrepreneurs by identifying opportunities and programmes that will help them remain sustainable in the future," says van der Spuy.


Article taken from: www.smesurvey.co.za/smallcompanybigvoice