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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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Honouring techno-women in the Northern Cape

The Department of Small Business Development, in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism will host the 2015 Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) and Ligugu Lami Awards ceremony in Kimberly, Northern Cape Province. The ceremony will be held at Mittah Sperepere Convention Centre in Kimberly on the 5th November 2015. In… [Continue Reading]

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Astrid Ludin, CIPC commissioner

How to use the CIPC Queries System

Join Candid Conversations with the CIPC. This week we focus on using the Query System and next week Company and CC de-registrations, re-registrations and annual returns. We are now in our seventh week of the Candid Conversations series with CIPC Commissioner Astrid Ludin and her team where they are committing their time to answer your questions live… [Continue Reading]

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Cathy Damons with Theresa Soetzenberg (Treasury Department)

Supplier session provides owners with key info

Some 150 business owners attended an event where they were provided with information relating to becoming a supplier of locally manufactured goods to government. The Local Content Supplier Open Day road show was held end of November 2013 in Cape Town, George, Malmesbury and Worcester and hosted by the Provincial Treasury and the Western Cape… [Continue Reading]

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Amina Bardien with Sawen's Pinoki Twala

Top honours at awards

A Cape Town business owner received R50 000 after being named first in the Small Business category at the Ligugu Lami Awards after joining the South African Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (Sawen). The Ligugu Lami Awards acknowledges women entrepreneurs and encourages them to to take pride in their achievements. The awards was held in October in… [Continue Reading]

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Nelius Boshoff

Business idea scoops prize

Recognition and acknowledgement from a panel of judges gave a business owner the self-confidence to turn his business idea into a viable business. So says entrepreneur and social scientist at Stellenbosch University, Dr Nelius Boshoff whose idea it is to make research questionnaires from all over the world accessible to other researchers. “I saw an… [Continue Reading]

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Sibusiso Mbonambi of was a speaker at the youth conference

Youth enterprise conference sparks social media buzz

Twitter was abuzz with updates from inspired young entrepreneurs attending the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference 2013 – an indication of the event’s overall impact. Held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the event was aimed at student entrepreneurs, aspiring student entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial societies, and is an initiative of the Western Cape Department Economic Development and… [Continue Reading]

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Iris Conochie, who built up a good cosmetics business through support from Sasol Chemcity and eGoli Bio, displayed her products at the summit

Facing common challenges

Small Business Connect was at the DTI’s National SMME Summit held in Mpumalanga recently. Here business owners had the opportunity to ask questions and raise important challenges they face. The common challenges highlighted were access to retail shelf space with large retailers, not having time to manage different aspects of the business and access to… [Continue Reading]

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