True angels of the community

2019-07-23 06:25
Angels Resource Centre is looking forward to training and guiding more budding entrepreneurs at their new E-zone incubator in Fish Hoek.

Angels Resource Centre is looking forward to training and guiding more budding entrepreneurs at their new E-zone incubator in Fish Hoek.

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Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl commended the Angels Resource Centre for the work they do in the community, at the launch of their new Business E-zone in Fish Hoek on Friday 19 July.

Angels Resource Centre launched their E-zone business incubator last week to a full-house of guests, clients, investors and stakeholders at their premises in Fish Hoek Central Business District (CBD).

Lizelle Coombs, chief executive officer (CEO) of the organisation, explained the work they do.

“The three main things we do is the resource centre where we act as a rural implementation agency, so what we do is go into rural environments in South Africa and find all the entrepreneurs who are trying to make a business. Our job is to find them and upskill them so that they can have a little bit of a better life.

“Then we do the training centre where we upskill entrepreneurs.”

She continued, speaking about the purpose of the incubator: “The Business E-zone is the name of our incubator. When your business has just started or needs a little bit of TLC, then you can come to our incubator and we will help you overcome challenges and nurse your business into the world and hold your hand.”

She added that before she retires, she would want to have at least 50 of these incubators across the country. “What we do will be to bring the entrepreneurs from rural environments and invite them to come into Fish Hoek, get some coffee and use the free Wi-Fi,” she said.

Sandra Hendricks, an entrepreneur who is a product of the organisation’s training, was ecstatic to assist them to launch the new facility. “I’m one of the first trainees of Lizelle’s schools and when I went there I knew absolutely nothing, and today I’m a client and they are my client.

“I have financial support and now I do the catering for most of her workshops in the Western Cape,” she said.

Yolanda Valentine is another product of the centre, working to empower others on her entrepreneurial journey. Valentine said: “I’m from False Bay Trading. I’m passionate about many things and recycling is one of them. I train homeless people and people who are suffering financially to create a sustainable life for themselves out of waste.”

She continued: “My journey with Angels started about six months ago when I did a bit of business training with them.

“They taught me to think outside the box and look at things differently, and now I can successfully say that I have doubled my income,” she said.

The E-zone is officially open to all entrepreneurs in need of guidance and good coffee, and will also serve as a platform for local crafters to showcase and retail their goods.

V For more information, call Angels Resource Centre on 0861 111 950 or email angels@angelsinc.co.za.

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