Small Business Connect – Helping You Grow A Better Business

Identified as a scarce skill in Limpopo, the jewellery design and manufacturing sector is receiving much-needed support from the Seda Limpopo Jewellery Incubator. We spoke to Tessa Ngobeni, the acting chief executive officer on how to access assistance and support from the incubator. What is the name of your incubator? The Seda Limpopo Jewellery Incubator,… [Continue Reading]

South Africa will be home to the new $100-billion Brics bank’s first regional centre. The announcement was made during the launch of the New Development Bank (NDB) at the sixth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) summit held last month in Fortaleza, Brazil. The bank, which will fund infrastructure and sustainable development projects… [Continue Reading]

Business owners keen to do business with low-cost property developers Flexible Workspace can link directly with the company to join its procurement database. They can do this by calling Flexible Workspace to speak directly with their national project manager or if they are simply interested in finding out more about the opportunities available to local… [Continue Reading]

One-time taxi driver Shadrack Kubyane was able to double the turnover of his communications and public relations business with one good deal. Kubyane, who runs Shadrack Kubyane Corporate Consulting, scored big when he landed a contract with low-cost property developers Flexible Workspace. His business offers business communication, research and marketing services. Flexible Workspace rents out… [Continue Reading]

When Anthea Hartzenberg tells me she plans to franchise her recycling business in the not too distant future, I don’t doubt her for a second. That’s because Hartzenberg has managed to pull her business back from the brink of bankruptcy to doubling her customer base – all in the space of one month. This, in… [Continue Reading]

By turning her biggest challenges into her greatest motivators, Connie Mdladla has not only managed to set up a burgeoning business during one of South Africa’s toughest economic periods, but has also showed that she can hold her own in a male-dominated industry. Mdladla, founder of Khaas Logistics in Centurion, has not had an easy… [Continue Reading]

After receiving R90 000 from the Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP) to kick-start her business, Nonkululeko Mgodi now has her sights set on exporting goods to an overseas market. The programme, run by the Department of Trade and Industry, is a cost-saving grant aimed at improving the competitiveness of small, black-owned businesses. Mgodi is… [Continue Reading]

It’s not often that your unemployed status can help you qualify for anything, least of all the opportunity to own a franchise. But this is exactly what the Micro-francise Accelerator (MFA) offers women entrepreneurs who want to go into business in the beauty sector. Just ask four unemployed women who are now each the proud… [Continue Reading]

A new reality television series will see one entrepreneur walk away with R1 million in prize money to help them grow their business. This, while thousands more business owners across the country stand to gain free business advice by tuning into the show, the “Think Big Challenge”, which first aired last month on SABC3 The… [Continue Reading]