14 Aug 2013 07:30
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) Organisers of the second annual Okahandja Market Day are hoping to register at least 80 booths for this years event on 31 August in the Okahandja Municipality Hall.
Last years event attracted 37 exhibitors, benefitting 54 local small businesses, the youth and non-governmental organisations.
The Okahandja Market Day was created as a stepping stone to get small locally-owned businesses and youth from schools prepared and experienced enough to be involved in trade expos in the future.
The Okahandja Small Market Enterprise Club (OSMEC), which is organising the event, is optimistic that more small-time businesspeople will showcase their wares this time around.
OSMEC Vice-Chairperson Gerson Nasau said in a media statement issued on Wednesday the Market Day will start on 30 August with an opening ceremony and round-table discussions, when small businesses who have registered for stands will be able to get information from larger Okahandja-owned businesses and organisations.
The main event is on 31 August when the public can - free of charge - browse, buy from and network with the different entreprenuers.
According to Nasau, the Okahandja Municipality creates a 'great' event through the Okahandja Trade Expo every year.
However, OSMEC saw the need to offer a smaller event for those businesses who are not registered or who do not have enough money to pay for a stand at the annual trade expo.
The event is non-profit, meaning stands are free for individuals who own small businesses and entrepreneurship learners in Okahandja, and the event will also be free to the public, he said.
Last year the event was generously sponsored by NamGem, but so far there are no sponsors for this year's event, said Nasau.
Applications for participation can be obtained from the Okahandja Constituency Office.