The job of watching women-owned businesses blossom Margaret Hirsch

2017-02-14 06:01

WHEN I won the BWASA Businesswoman of the Year (entrepreneur) South Africa in 2012 it was fantastic, both for me and for Hirsch’s.

It put us in the spotlight, it was wonderful. At the time I thought: isn’t it strange that when you need help there is no one to give it to you. However, when you have made it, everybody wants to help you.

This led me to coming up with the idea of starting an organisation for women who are starting their businesses, and this is how my Women In Business Networking events – and the Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of the Year competition evolved.

We have ladies who are starting out in business or have small businesses they want to grow and sometimes don’t know how to go about it. A lot of the ladies are still in corporate, but want to start their own businesses, but don’t know how to go about it.

The ladies networking events are held on the second Thursday of every month in all Hirsch branches.

As well as established business women, we also welcome women who have ideas of what they want to do. It has been like being presented with a test tube - adding sperm to the egg, and watching it grow.

We take those little embryos of businesses and we help to grow them. We introduce women to people who can help them.

We point them in the right direction and help them get everything going for them.

As soon as the embryo is ready to be born, we take the business woman to the Standard Bank incubator with Jayshree Naidoo and Melanie Hawken from Lionesses of Africa and they incubate the business until it can stand on its own two feet.

From there they go to Standard Bank to accelerate where they help the business get up and running. This is how it actually works.

Together we have birthed the most amazing businesses across the board from interior decorators to cookery schools, to music sales, to accountants, to lawyers, etc.

If you have an idea for a business, if you want to start a business, if you have just started a business, come and join our ladies club.

Send me your email address, I will make sure that you get updated emails of what’s happening.

We have a guest speaker who has something aligned to what you do, mostly something to grow you as a person because we found that as you grow so your business grows.

At Hirsch’s we are committed to starting young entrepreneurial businesses in this country because I believe that if we have enough good, strong entrepreneurs in this country we can take them and help them grown - from strength to strength.

We live in a country of wealth and abundance and it’s up to us to utilise everything we have at our disposal before others do.

This led me to coming up with the idea of starting an organisation for women who are starting their businesses, and this is how my Women In Business Networking events – and the Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of the Year competition evolved.

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