How realistic is the saying: “it’s not about what you know, but who you know”? Two Woodstock-based businesswomen are creating a platform for women to meet so they can empower each other.Andrie Graham, director of Nieu Jacket Consulting (NJC), and Tasneem Khan, founder of Colab Training Solutions, will be hosting a Businesswomen Networking Event at the Colab Training B103 Woodstock Exchange at 66 Albert Road on Thursday 21 November. About 40 women will be accommodated and will be encouraged to interact with each other from 07:30 to 10:00. The duo says connections and networking are crucial to remain on top of trends and developments and to ensure opportunities are unlocked for both big corporates and small businesses.The event is aimed at start-ups, established businesses, corporate workers and anyone looking for inspiration in order to contribute to the economy. “We want to ultimately build a network of women, to inspire and to expose them to new trends and possible opportunities to grow their businesses. “Despite the slowdown in South Africa’s economic growth there are still a lot of opportunities in our country and specifically in our province. We have great people with a passion for business and an entrepreneurial flair,” says Andrie.Tasneem is a new entrepreneur and says she learned her business skills the hard way – by working with other people and taking advantage of collaborative initiatives to build a brand. She wants to help other women understand how a business is built and to know that it is okay to ask for help. With her experience, Tasneem realised that successful business people are reluctant to do business with start-ups and young knowledgeable entrepreneurs as “they believe you only have theory to offer, but no experience”.She encourages women to take advantage of this platform and form a support system for each other. Tickets cost R180 and are available at Quicket: bit.ly/2NjrJf1. A Halaal breakfast will be served and there will be a lucky draw open to all guests.