Industry experts needed at The Hope Factory

2015-06-24 06:00

THE Hope Factory is calling on industry experts in Port Elizabeth from various fields to join and share their expertise with upcoming entrepreneurs on June 26.

They are hosting an information session for experts in the engineering, construction, telecommunications, catering, hospitality, property and manufacturing industries with five to ten years of experience, who have the desire, time and capacity to provide input into the businesses of black South Africa entrepreneurs.

“They will be part of the transformation journey towards economic growth and financial sustainability we are all trying to build as a country,” said Ashley Murray, Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme Manager.

“They will hear why it’s important for them to impart and share the knowledge they’ve gained over the years with others. Benjamin Franklin explained it better when he said, ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.’ This can only be achieved through a mentorship programme.”

Each of The Hope Factory entrepreneurs has a full-time mentor assigned to them, to assist them with their personal and business development. “However, very often we would require the services of an external consultant who would provide business consulting or mentoring services specific to the entrepreneur’s area of expertise within their relevant industry,” said Murray.

This type of coaching or mentorship gives the entrepreneur ‘real-life’ exposure to their industry and they can relate to the person teaching them. They experience first-hand the challenges and issues relating to their specific industry.

“We believe that a service offering such as industry expertise, addresses some of the needs that entrepreneurs and small business owners require. Access to an industry expert could facilitate an increased understanding and technical competence in their area of operation. This initiative is also beneficial for the industry experts, as this will give them an opportunity to give back and add value to other people’s businesses and become part of the change we need to build a booming economy for the city, and more so for the country.

Since the launch of the industry experts’ service offering, there’s been a great success with matching entrepreneurs to experts and the feedback from both sides has been remarkable. “We are inviting more experts in Port Elizabeth to get involved,” concludes Murray. The information session takes place at The Hope Factory offices at 81 Cawood Street, North End on Friday, 26 June at 12 noon. For more information or to book contact Bernadette Koert at 041 484 7400 or email

) Founded in 2001, The Hope Factory is an established Enterprise and Supplier Development Non-Profit Company effectively governed by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Driven to develop black business owners, The Hope Factory offers a strategic mentorship programme to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals, vision and purpose, to grow their business, and to ultimately give back to their community. The Hope Factory provides an easy, hassle-free way to earn enterprise development, supplier development and socio-economic development points

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