Entrepreneurs supported at seminar

2016-12-14 06:01
One of the entrepreneurs of Postmasburg having his say during the seminar. Photo: Supplied

One of the entrepreneurs of Postmasburg having his say during the seminar. Photo: Supplied

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Entrepreneurs of Postmasburg are still faced with the challenge of accessing the right information.

These entrepreneurs continue to seek assistance and understanding.

They need this in order to obtain the ability to apply sound basic business concepts to establish, grow and sustain their viable business ventures.

Thus the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American’s Kolomela Mine, in conjunction with their Small Business Hub, jointly hosted a Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME) Seminar.

This took place on Wednesday, 30 November, in Postmasburg.

The stakeholders joined forces, not only to improve access to valuable information, but also to provide the best possible services and advice under one roof through support from the stakeholders.

According to a joint statement from the stakeholders, the seminar was also aimed at ensuring that the partnership contributes to and impacts positively in business ventures of already existing enterprises in the area.

A total of 25 enterprises are reported to have been identified by the Kolomela Small Business Hub and capacitated by Seda through the basic business skills training programme.

“The training intervention of this nature as an enterprise development intervention assisted SMMEs of Kolomela Small Business Development Centre’s incubation programme for eight weeks in Postmasburg, giving start-up businesses innovative ways to create and start new businesses.

“It helped the delegates to find new viable business ideas and sought to assist start-ups with planning and strategy for their businesses,” read the statement from Ghrethna Kruger and Bongiwe Thatelo.

The training was accredited and a portfolio of evidence was submitted by 22 SMMEs at completion of the programme.

Funding institutions such as the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) and the National Empowerment Fund (Nef) will share insight with a view to helping SMMEs understand funding models, including various products.

The Department of Small Business Development, the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and South African Revenue Services (Sars) will also share information on their products and services.

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