Five ways to boost your business

2014-01-07 14:42

Proactive planning and clear timelines can help entrepreneurs make their small business a success story, says an expert.

Tips on how to get out there and network

2013-08-29 11:34

Networking is a useful way for start-ups to build a business, but don't just approach it "spontaneously", warns an expert.

Business lessons from zebras and giraffes

2013-03-12 12:00

People can learn from the collaborative relationship between the zebra and giraffe, and the lessons this holds for agile, fact-based decision-making.

SA environment not SME-friendly - study

2013-02-22 10:17

It is becoming increasingly difficult to operate a small business in South Africa, and the SME community expects the trend to intensify, according to a study.

Supporting SMEs crucial to SA growth

2012-11-01 11:48

The growth and sustainability of Small and Medium Enterprises plays a significant role in solving SA’s developmental issues, says an industry expert.

Labour laws, BEE hamper small firms

2011-11-22 22:00

Inflexible labour rules and empowerment requirements are obstacles to growth among small businesses, a survey has found.

Absa offers small business support

2011-03-23 15:52

A new initiative from Absa aims to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Labouring the point

2011-02-24 23:12

Small businesses - not big companies - are by far the largest job providers, says Stephen Mulholland.

Most Soweto small firms fail: survey

2011-02-07 14:10

A poll has found that less than half of the small businesses started in Soweto survive longer than four years.

Keep it moving

2010-12-31 12:33

SA small business needs to stop sending out negative vibes and start innovating, says Marc Ashton.

Consumer act to protect small businesses

2010-10-25 10:19

Any business making a turnover of more than R3m will not be protected by the Consumer Protection Act, says the trade and industry department.


Small business trends for 2014

2014-01-02 12:13

An industry expert takes a look at positive developments in 2013, and what the SME sector can expect in the new year.

Cyber attacks target small businesses

2013-05-22 15:18

There has been a 42% increase in the number of cyber attacks in 2012, particularly in the small business sector, according to a report.

Google boosts small businesses in SA

2012-01-19 18:02

Internet giant Google has started a project to assist SA's small business create an online presence.

Stop, collaborate, listen

2011-03-24 06:36

Marc Ashton gets some cool words of entrepreneurial inspiration from rapper Vanilla Ice.

Don't lose the plot

2011-03-02 22:09

A business plan is certainly not the be-all but it can talk when you need funding, says Marc Ashton.

Are you in business?

2011-02-16 22:59

Marc Ashton points out there's a huge difference between having a business and actually running one.

Small businesses still under pressure

2011-01-20 09:51

A survey has found that a large portion of small businesses suffered a slump in profits and are squeezed by market uncertainty.

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