Small Business Connect – Helping You Grow A Better Business

Being a South African Women Entrepreneur Network (Sawen) member is a good investment for your business it would seem. Just ask the Sawen members who believe that R350 a year as a membership fee is nothing compared to the benefits they rake in. Nomvuyo Treppers says paying the annual fee to Sawen has brought in… [Continue Reading]

Ever since husband and wife Vinod and Chandrika Harie took over the Durban-based business, The Spice Emporium, it is now one of the leading spice wholesale stores in the country. The owners of the 30 year-old business want to grow the wholesaler to include overseas clients.“The range of products we offer and customer service experience… [Continue Reading]

After being inspired by a fictional character on television, Khubeka’s own ambition to run a successful business led him to start Vuyo’s, a successful sausage-making enterprise. He has managed to transform his food cart restaurant business, where sells his own sausage produce, Vuyo’s Wors, into a franchise. “I want to create a world-renowned South African… [Continue Reading]

Magapa Phawene’s business plans to expand her Wenseydale Organic Farm’s market-reach by liaising with smaller farming businesses to grow and sell quality food produce. She does this so she can realise her dream of exporting organic food products toplaces like Dubai and Europe. To achieve this she will also need her farm by installing new… [Continue Reading]

At 53 years old, Ruth Masokoane has spent almost half of her life assisting small business owners with access to finance, mentorship, training and advice. With all this experience, it’s no surprise then that she heads up one of the foremost businesswomen’s organisations in the country. Masokoane was appointed acting chief executive officer of the… [Continue Reading]

Criminals are targeting Woza Online website owners who sell goods online by copying their sites and duping consumers by making them believe that they are buying from a legitimate business. The Woza Online platform, an initiative of Google South Africa in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Vodacom and the Human Resource… [Continue Reading]

Emerging mohair farmers in the Eastern Cape are being introduced to “white gold” – the name given to mohair because of its monetary value. Those in the Eastern Cape’s multi-billion rand mohair industry have made it their goal to help transform emerging farmers into commercial farmers by offering training to their farm workers. At a… [Continue Reading]

Business owners will have the opportunity to gain international exposure when South Africa hosts a world conference on best practices in promoting small business development. The conference, organised by the International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME), is scheduled to be held in Durban in October next year. However, Moses Mwanjirah South Africa’s ISSME… [Continue Reading]

Business owners in the clothing and textile industry are set to benefit from a new R200 million grant fund, launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) last month. The fund forms part of a five-year development plan, also launched last month, aimed at improving competitiveness in the local industry, . Heinrich Schultz, head… [Continue Reading]