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SMEs in focus this week at the Sage summit in New Orleans.
Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage AAMEA

NEW ORLEANS – One of the largest events dedicated to small and medium enterprises kicked off on Monday in New Orleans, Louisiana, where Sage will play host to more than 7 000 attendees from around the world in the week to come.

Sage CEO Stephen Kelly comments on what is to be expected: “From reviewing the latest Sage technology and speaking with industry experts to learning first-hand how together, we are reimagining the future.”

The Global Sage Summit’s stellar line-up of speakers will bring the “unique opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in business about how to succeed in the digital age,” says Kelly.

Speakers include best-selling author Dr Deepak Chopra and General Colin Powell, who will share their stories of success in a conversation with Kelly on Tuesday.

A start-up story that grabs the interest of many is that of Chad Hurley, YouTube co-founder and creator. On Wednesday, his much-anticipated discussion will focus on the YouTube Generation, looking at how technology and content are being consumed in the modern era.

Creator of Mad Men Matthew Weiner and South Africa’s own Trevor Noah, who was recently appointed host of the Daily Show, are among others set to speak on their winning business formulas.

On Tuesday, Moneyweb will be exclusively interviewing Sage CEO of AAMEA Ivan Epstein about his entrepreneurial drive, the business journey of Softline and South Africa’s entrepreneurial sector. Epstein is Chairman of the Sage Foundation, to be launched on October 1, which has a big Africa focus and has been created to spur entrepreneurial development within disadvantaged communities.

Says Kelly: “This week New Orleans is the focal point for the SME world. These companies have created two thirds of all new jobs in the world’s major economies since 2010. The business owners are the true heroes of economic prosperity and job creation.”

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