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2015-11-19 06:00
 One of SBA students Thembi Tsotetsi is running a thriving business in Khayelitsha.

One of SBA students Thembi Tsotetsi is running a thriving business in Khayelitsha.

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The owner of a 24-hour mobile auto and building glass installation service in Khayelitsha was one of the first successful participants in the University of Stellenbosch Business School’s development programme for small businesses (SBA).

In 2013 Thembi Tsotetsi scored the highest mark overall and was named top participant.

But it didn’t end there: she was also invited to attend Premier Helen Zille’s state of the province speech and was mentioned in the speech as a great example to other entrepreneurs.

Coupled with this accolade, Thembi managed to attract funding for her business from a large multinational beer company. It allowed her to brand her vehicle and to open her own fitment centre.

After being awarded the Top SBA Participant Award, Thembi said the programme had revolutionised the way in which she now approaches her business.

“Prior to joining the course, my husband and I both lacked the knowledge and skills to put our ideas into practice. The programme has offered me invaluable insights into finance, the management of staff and how to run a profitable business,” she said.

By prioritising marketing and branding, she has benefited her businesses as she has gained a number of new clients.

The solid advice from her SBA mentor and the networking opportunities offered through the programme also contributed to her progress.

The programme, which started in 2012, is aimed at small business owners who have matric and have been running their businesses without any managerial education for at least two years. The first three intakes were in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Small business owners from Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and surrounding areas are now invited to apply for the 2016 intake. Being accepted to the programme allows participants an opportunity to grow and expand their businesses through the development of their personal and business skills.

This is the business school’s way of ploughing back into communities through meaningful engagement.

Applications must be submitted by 29 January 2016. For full information go to www.usb.ac.za/sba or contact Benji Matshoba on 021 918 4379 or at sba@usb.ac.za

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