SME World

Dr. Shayma Nawaf Al Fawwaz, Founder and CEO of GOSSIP The Brand, a leading company managing the popular GOSSIP Cafe and Desserts and other concepts, played a key role in inspiring youth participants at the recently concluded inaugural edition of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival, the emirate's largest entrepreneurship festival, which ran from November 21 to November 22, 2017 at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club. In her speech, Al Fawwaz shared her insight on entrepreneurship and how to succeed across today’s SME industry--encouraging the youth to take an active role and pursue their creative business ideas.

Linksys®, a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, takes the findings from a commissioned Wi-Fi study of channel partners that service small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) very seriously. "Small businesses are increasingly frustrated and want to address slow (wireless) network connection speeds, coverage gaps, and security concerns," said Ray Boggs, vice president, Small and Medium Business Research at IDC. Linksys will further align her portfolio to the SMB needs and ensure that aging networks will no longer hold back SMB growth.

CPI Business hosted this year’s edition of SME Beyond Borders 2017, its annual conference dedicated to the local SME sector, last November 9, 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The conference was held with the aim to foresee trends that will impact the way we work, live and interact with one another—emphasizing on the importance of designing the right strategies that will help change the shape of businesses in the future.

Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women in the emirate and beyond, has partnered with the Pearl Initiative consultancy to raise awareness among regional micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) on the importance of good governance and accountability.

Dr. Shayma Al Fawwaz, Founder and CEO of Gossip The Brand, a leading company managing the popular Gossip Café and Desserts and other concepts, shared recently her industry expertise in a food and beverage (F&B) workshop in Sharjah that was organized by the Young Arab Leaders (YAL)in partnership with Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development. As one of the guest panelists, Dr. Al Fawwaz discussed the major challenges and emerging opportunities in the UAE’s F&B market along with Abdullah Mullah, Co-Founder of Home Bakery, and Mariam Al Hashemi, Co-Founder of Roux, during the session held at the Sheraa – Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center of the American University of Sharjah. Nabra Al Busaidi, Executive Director of the YAL provided an introductory speech for the panel while Jassim Al Bastaki, Secretary General of the Emirati Entrepreneurs Association served as the main speaker and chief moderator for the session.