SMEs pandemic

Advice to SMEs, from SMEs, affected by the pandemic

Most SMEs have been affected by the pandemic. Yet a survey by the South African SME Finance Association (SASFA) shows that only 47% of business owners applied for relief from government or financial institutions,...
Theo_Baloyi Entrepreneur of the Year® competition

Meet the finalists: Entrepreneur of the Year® Competition

Theo Baloyi is one of the finalists in the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, in the Emerging Business Category. With a bold vision to build an African-centric footwear brand...

Enabling sustainable entrepreneurship for our youth

As we celebrate this youth month, we are unfortunately also faced with the staggering rate of unemployment which continues to threaten the economic stability of South Africa. It is evident that the current labour...
small business survive

Survive Covid-19: Ways for small business to stay afloat

Seraj Toefy, Custodian of Entrepreneurship at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) says that according to The Small Business Association, the average cash safety net for small businesses is estimated to last only...
Shanaaz Trethewey, CEO of Rentmaster

Q&A: Shanaaz Trethewey, CEO of Rentmaster

Shanaaz Trethewey knows first-hand how quickly the rental process can go from a peaceful dream of passive income, to a nightmare of debt collection and emotional stress. As a property owner herself, she knows...
resilience

From stress to success

Three entrepreneurs share their insights on how they manage the challenges and setbacks of business ownership and why resilience is the entrepreneur’s secret weapon... Find the positives in your failures In 2008 Morongwa Makakane hit rock bottom....

Educo Solutions’ free education classes off to a successful start

The books are out, the lecturers are inspiring and educating, and the students are up-skilling and learning in Educo Solutions’ first phase of free education classes in Soweto. Since their launch in April this year,...
SME support

In this together: Ways SMEs can support each other

If SMEs want to survive, we need to start actually being in this together – and not just saying we are. “The messaging ‘We’re in this together’ is everywhere we look at the moment, from...
leading for growth

Leading for growth

Leading your organisation for growth is an exciting time, but leaders and entrepreneurs too often forget to reinforce the foundation before reaching for the stars.  Organisations choose to...
Brand story

What’s your story?

Brand storytelling is no longer a nice to have. It is a need to have, and what will ultimately maximize your business's visibility, profit, and impact. Tell your story with LOVE, treat it as...
Paul Kent, Sureswipe

Q&A: Paul Kent – How we did it

How entrepreneur Paul Kent started a multi-national business, managed its buy-out to an international consortium and successfully rebranded. In 2008, SureSwipe was a a small startup taking on the large banks in the payment industry....

Young Entrepreneur takes barbering to the next level

When Peter Cupido from Ida’s Valley, Stellenbosch, swopped his technical assistant job to open his barber shop, he started a community whereby men gather for quality time and a close shave. “I opened my business...
small business survival

Small business survival is key to South Africa’s economy in the time of COVID-19

At a time when many small businesses in South Africa are already struggling as a result of the recession, the global COVID-19 crisis is a bolt out of the blue. It is an event...
resilient

How to be more resilient when things get tough

Want to bounce back better? Here are some tips to help you stand back up when life knocks you down… What is resilience? It is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; it is mental...
Run a virtual business

Tips to run a virtual business

As a small business owner, you may be tired of paying exorbitant commercial rentals and fighting traffic every day to get to the office. The good news is that today’s technology means you can...