Owners benefitted

2015-07-30 06:00

Small business owners recieved some crucial skills in the bus transformed into a mini classroom with training facilities.

Small business owners recieved some crucial skills in the bus transformed into a mini classroom with training facilities.

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Small businesses are an important contributor to the country’s economy and entrepreneurial skills development is essential to ensure these businesses remain sustainable, continue to grow and contribute to the economy.

Many small business owners in communities don’t have the necessary business knowledge to ensure their success. Acknowledging their plight and eager to make a sustainable difference to their businesses, Coca-Cola’s bottling partner, Peninsula Beverages (PenBev) under the Coca-Cola 5by20 initiative has partnered with KPMG to provide business skills training to entrepreneurs in communities and to empower those who need it most.

In a recent three hour business training programme in Mfuleni, nine local business owners including ‘spaza’ shop and Bed andamp; Breakfast owners, attended the workshop on PenBev’s EduBus – a bus transformed into a mini classroom with training facilities for 12 people.

The training was facilitated by KPMG’s Zohra de Villiers, along with three of her colleagues.

De Villiers comments, “The training takes the form of a ‘game’ whereby participants are grouped into teams. There are four stages in the game, each demonstrating various challenges one may face when running a small business.

These include product selection, pricing of products, record keeping, listening to what customers want and budgeting.”

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