All Systems Go For Durban Business Fair
MASTERCLASSES, cooking demos, street markets and the best of local business – this year’s edition of the Durban Business Fair (DBF) is certain to inspire, encourage and entertain.
The theme of this year’s Fair is “A journey of innovation” and this runs strongly throughout the event, which will be held between 25 and 29 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and the Durban Exhibition Centre. This year the DBF celebrates its 21st anniversary.
With discussions focused on technology and innovation, the Fair aims to highlight the impact of technology on doing business, as well as encourage innovation in the industry.
Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole said: “The Durban Business Fair has an exciting line-up this year and offers some of the best local goods and services on the market. This year, our emphasis is on technology and innovation, because this is what businesses need to take into consideration as we move into the fourth industrial revolution. We need to keep up with the changes in the market. As the City, we want to encourage our local businesses to start thinking ahead and plan. The Fair is one way to get the conversation moving.”
Aside from the main expo, several classes and sessions will be running in the lead up to the event such as the women economic empowerment engagement, the international trade seminar, the Business Indaba and the Wholesale and Retail SETA Masterclass.
The Fair will be headlined by influential business people and prominent celebrities who will share their expertise on business development and opportunities available for emerging businesses.
Since its inception, the Fair has grown from just under 100 participants in craft to over 600 lucrative businesses in diverse sectors. The Fair continues to serve as a platform to facilitate business development by assisting businesses access new markets, acquire much needed information and business linkages, and to achieve sustainable growth.
The Fair attracts over 30 000 visitors every year, including international participants.

“The Fair will also be family friendly, with a dedicated kids zone aimed at entertaining the young ones,” said Sithole.

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