Jeremy Lang

Trends in local franchising create oppertunities

The various international retail chain store brands entering the South African market is a positive indicator for the country, and highlights the opportunity that South Africa offers to international investors, despite the flurry of negative perceptions around the current local economy. This is according to Jeremy Lang, Regional General Manager of Business Partners. Speaking in light of… [Continue Reading]






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Ciko Thomas

This week another of the big banks added a service to their customers to make registration of a new business really easy, with the announcement by Nedbank and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), that they are launching “CIPC Online” via the Nedbank website. Trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies said a key theme for the… [Continue Reading]






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Marius Alberts & Alan Winde

Funding Fair application deadline extended

This year’s Western Cape Funding Fair application deadline has been extended, offering entrepreneurs from the province the opportunity to learn about getting your business investment ready, and to pitch for funding. Applicants who wish to pitch their businesses for funding at the fair, have until 24 March 2016 to apply. The fair, a partnership between Deloitte and the… [Continue Reading]






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President Jacob Zuma announced that 30% of certain state procurement would be set aside for small businesses.

Get all government tenders in one portal

As of April 2016 government will no longer place tender adverts in newspapers as is currently the case. All government departments will be using one central tender portal, which will be available free of charge. This was announced by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament during his reply to the 2016 State of the Nation Address… [Continue Reading]






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entrepreneurial strengths finder

How entrepreneurial are you?

This is an important question for all entrepreneurs, but specially so for those who are about to start out. How suitable are you for starting and running your own business? Of course, there are so many considerations that will determine your business success that are outside of your direct control or input, however, as the… [Continue Reading]






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Clement Pilusa

Winners walk off with R1.5-million in business grants

The South African Breweries’ (SAB) 20-year old youth entrepreneurship development programme, SAB KickStart, has announced its top 5 winning youth-owned businesses, which receive a share of R1.5-million in business grants. The winners were announced during 20th Anniversary celebration of SAB KickStart held late last night in Mbombela, Mpumalanga; and during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) which… [Continue Reading]






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Kim Whitaker

Trust others to do that what you do not enjoy

Learn from the winners of the Sanlam Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Lewis Thomas and Kim Whitaker… Lewis Thomas, owner and founder of Partners Hair Design: “Entrepreneurs need to stay focused, constantly. Businesses, especially in the retail and service industry, need to stay ahead of local trends, and concentrate on the personal aspects of the… [Continue Reading]






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Christo Botes from Bsiness Partners with winner Lebohang Selloane

Mobile X-ray business wins

In the wake of Global Entrepreneurship Week, budding entrepreneur, Lebohang Selloane, has been named the winner of the 2015 Business Partners /SME Toolkit Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs at an awards ceremony held in Johannesburg this morning. Now in its 6th year, the competition seeks to equip passionate and enthusiastic… [Continue Reading]






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Entrepreneurial skills needed to compete

Entrepreneurial skills needed to compete

Today, South Africa’s business trends and the entrepreneurial landscape demands far more sophisticated skills in order to achieve competitiveness and ensure survival of SMMEs which have to look beyond the confines of tradition. This was said by Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, at the opening ceremony of the Global Entrepreneurship Week which… [Continue Reading]






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