Business Reimagined

2021 Online Event Series

The Standard Bank SME Summit in partnership with Business Day is back and provides you – the SME owner and entrepreneur, with smart strategies and practical tools to take your business to the next level through our online experiences!


We are proud to announce that the 2021 Standard Bank SME Summit will move to an online experience, significantly increasing the reach and longevity of the campaign. Join leading business growth expert, Pavlo Phitidis, as he takes business owners on a fascinating journey of how to navigate the challenges and opportunities in taking your business next level.


22 September 2021 | 09h30 – 11h00

Part Four: Reignite your Business in the New Economy

As we explored the first leg of this four-part online series, we focused on getting your mindset right in order to turn crisis into opportunity.

In part two, we took you through the action points of how you could reset your business to win the gaps and opportunities created by change.

In part three, we shared insights on how to build the engine of your business to make it work.

In this event, reigniting your reset, rebuilt business is vital to accelerate growth and race ahead of competitors and trends to dominate your slice of the economy.

In this discussion, business growth expert Pavlo Phitidis and his panel will show you how to develop a growth strategy and access the funding to bring it to life to accelerate sales and turn your income-generating business into an asset.



12 May

Part One: How an Entrepreneurial Mindset Turns Crisis into Opportunity

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23 June

Part Two: How to Reset your Business for Success

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18 August

Part Three: Rebuild your Business to Thrive Amid Change and Uncertainty

Amid the unfortunate widespread devastation of July’s events, there are already glimmers of hope, unity and the strengthening of communitarian bonds coming to light.

In the last instalment of this four part series, we discussed the action points businesses needed to take in order to reset your business to win in the gaps and opportunities created by change.

In this episode, we highlight the opportunities in crisis and how to channel this into rebuilding your business during this phase.

Assess what’s changed temporarily, permanently, and fundamentally across customers, collaborators, capabilities, competitors and conditions.

In part three of the four part Standard Bank SME Summit online series, Business Growth Expert, Pavlo Phitidis and his panel take you through real life scenarios, that help you develop a new view on potential leverage points, how those impact your strategy, organisation and operations and how to yield the positive outcomes when taking the steps to rebuild your business.

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Tune into this online series for insights into the latest trends and opportunities to take your SME to the next level.

Get practical tips and tools you need to accelerate your business.

Connect with the experts in our live chat and get to know the other professionals across the SME, franchising, finance and enterprise development sectors throughout the online discussions.


The Covid crisis has devastated some parts of the SME sector but given other parts of the sector a massive opportunity!

Factors that play in an SMEs favor are:

  • SMEs have the advantage of being innovative and incredibly nimble – allowing them to disrupt the bigger players;
  • SMEs make fast decisions – a massive advantage when it comes to implementing new technology;
  • According to the National Development Plan, 90% of new jobs will be created by SMEs by 2030.


The unprecedented times in which we find ourselves today demand that SMES face the challenges head-on, armed with the right information and tools to adapt and thrive in the future. With so much at stake for our economy – and the investments required to sustain it – it’s imperative for small and medium sized businesses to know exactly how the SME landscape is unfolding, and to be fighting-fit to weather the storms of disruption.

Our online series, hosted by business growth expert, Pavlo Phitidis and his guest speakers will give you insights into the latest industry intelligence, strategies for the coming months and practical tips on how to transform your business to become more resilient and relevant in a post Covid economy.

Pillars will include:

  • How to pivot during unprecedented times
  • How to source, utilize and implement the right technology for your business and skill set
  • Mobilising capital for small businesses
  • The psychology of success
  • Easy to implement smart marketing and sales strategies
  • The opportunities for SMEs that lie ahead


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