UWC offers opportunities for registered small business owners

2016-01-14 06:00

If you’re a registered business owner and need practical guidance on how to survive or unsure of how to get your business to the next level, there are free two-day business courses available in January if you are in the Bellville, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain areas.

The first course for the year starts on Monday, 18 January at the Seda offices in Bellville.

The University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) wants to inform as many registered small businesses of an opportunity to attend a free business course and start the new year on the right footing.

The courses are intensive and teach strategy to registered small business owners. It is run by UWC and sponsored by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) and Western Cape Government and part of the Emerging Business Support Programme.

It provides immediate and practical guidance to struggling businesses.

Day one teaches self-assessment and the why and how of business strategy, financial planning and decision-making, while day two deals with marketing and sales planning and the operational aspect of your business.

The good news is, more of these courses will be running at different venues in and around Cape Town until the end of February 2016 and owners of small businesses are encouraged to attend.

To be part of the course, businesses need to be registered and operational within the Western Cape; have a valid tax clearance certificate or be in the process of registering for tax. Business owners are required to fill in an online application form at http://tr.im/uwcsmme or a PDF form at http://www.navosys.co.za/PDF_AppForm2-DayBusinessStrategyCourseUWC.pdf.

The next series of workshops for 2016 starts on 18 January at the Seda offices in Bellville – the first two-day workshop happens on 18 and 19 January and the second on 20 and 21 January. Subsequent workshops take place at Learn to Earn, Khayelithsa on 1 and 2 February and 3 and 4 February.

The first workshop in the Mitchells Plain area takes place at the Promenade on 8 and 9 February and the next on 10 and 11 February.

The University has other future development opportunities for small businesses as part of what the University has to offer for 2016.

For more information, contact Wendy Mehl on 082 686 4856 or via email at wmehl@uwc.ac.za, or Odette Daries on 021 483 9114.

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