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Grasping a breaking point key to business growth

2015-03-22 18:00

Small businesses often recognise the challenges of their big business customers and can capitalise on them, says Standard Bank's Ethel Nyembe.

Small business minister markets SA to the world

2015-03-22 17:00

The South Africa government was committed to help small enterprises grow into thriving businesses, Lindiwe Zulu told international business leaders in Italy.

Start a new business with the one you have

2015-03-19 13:26

NSBC CEO Mike Anderson gives key profit makeover tips that can be adopted today.

Giving super computer power to ordinary entrepreneurs

2015-03-17 21:05

Big data, analytics and sophisticated computer modelling are the way of the future and one company is now making it affordable for small businesses to use.

JHB to host Global Entrepreneurship Congress

2015-03-17 19:15

Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017, it was announced at the opening ceremony at GEC 2015 in Milan.

E-procurement portal will boost SMEs

2015-03-12 14:15

The announcement that the National Treasury would launch an electronic tender portal in March is welcome news for small businesses.

Funding fair for growing businesses

2015-03-10 16:36

A wide range of options available to entrepreneurs from public and private funding institutions will feature at the Western Cape Funding Fair.

Women entrepreneurs making it happen

2015-03-06 17:02

International Women's Day highlights the need for various countries around the world to celebrate the achievements of women, says an expert.

Entrepreneurs could plug commodity gap in Africa

2015-03-06 06:00

Entrepreneurship could be part of the answer to deal with the waning of the commodity boom in Africa, according to Ken Olisa of Restoration Partners.

Five annoying questions entrepreneurs ignore

2015-03-24 19:30

Business leaders need to be open to being challenged if they want to succeed in an era of low growth, says UCT GSB Professor Walter Baets.

Listen and you will succeed - Vusi Thembekwayo

2015-03-19 12:40

Entrepreneurial mastermind Vusi Thembekwayo says South Africans need to actually listen to remain relevant in their small business ventures.

Staff training builds skills, loyalty and profits in small businesses

2015-03-16 17:41

In many small businesses, training is regarded as a luxury; something that cannot fit into the average day, says Ethel Nyembe, head of small enterprise at Standard Bank.

SME expo to visit major SA cities

2015-03-06 12:23

The My Business Expo, geared towards startups and small business owners, will take place in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Six key tips for sound business budgeting

2015-03-08 19:54

In light of the recently announced budget speech, an executive director at Business Partners provides SMEs with essential tips for sound business budgeting.

Accounting blind spot could keep business back

2015-02-16 11:21

Entrepreneurs who don’t understand basic accounting concepts are setting themselves up for unnecessary stress and failure, warns an expert.

Think differently about business resolutions

2015-02-06 17:34

Entrepreneurs should think differently about "business new year resolutions" and strive to remain steadfast in attaining in achieving these, says an expert.

Free training for entrepreneurs

2015-02-03 15:30

The Seed Academy is offering entrepreneurial training and has more than R2.4m of sponsored training available for early stage tech and women entrepreneurs.

Little cultural intelligence can damage business

2015-01-20 18:31

Leaders with a higher Cultural Intelligence Quotient are deemed more approachable and experience more cooperation from colleagues, says an expert.

Sales made simple

2014-11-04 12:52

People like dealing with professional sales people who are experts in their field and who can offer good advice before asking for a sale, says an expert.

Looking for seed funding to start a business

2014-09-12 16:18

A Fin24 user is looking for seed capital for his start-up companies and an expert provides some tips.

How to get from zero to hero

2014-10-05 08:00

Life won’t get any easier and responsibilities won’t get any lighter, say Dinesh Patel (CEO) and Heini Booysen (COO) of OrderIn in this informative Q&A.

Grow your business out of your kitchen

2014-10-16 15:00

A business development expert gives tips on how to move an expanding business run from your home into bigger premises.

How to become a pig farmer

2014-08-09 12:43

Prospective entrepreneurs often have good ideas, but don’t have the resources to get started. An expert gives a Fin24 user advice on how to become a pig farmer.

Marriage made in online heaven

2014-08-08 13:12

When e-commerce site Yuppiechef teamed up with League of Beers in 2013, founder Rob Heyns knew his craft beer business's online venture was going to get exciting.

Survival guide for SA startups

2014-07-02 10:38

Fin24 blogger Terence Stoker provides some down-to-earth guidelines for entrepreneurs struggling to survive in a hostile business environment.

Fear of failure part of entrepreneur's journey

2014-06-26 13:56

The fear of failure is a common occurrence in any entrepreneur’s journey, but by nature entrepreneurs are to a degree risk takers, says an expert.

More ways to secure working capital

2014-06-24 16:12

While cash flow is a universal challenge, entrepreneurs, who are starting and running small businesses in SA, face extra financial strains, says an expert.

The reclusive SA entrepreneur who made R5bn from Nando’s

2015-03-20 13:58

The fast-growing spicy-chicken chain has 1 100 locations in 22 countries, helping make its original backer, Dick Enthoven, a billionaire.

Breathing life into networking

2015-03-20 12:06

The Hookup Dinner, the sensational networking platform is changing the way we socialise and is bringing life back into networking.

How women empowerment transforms

2015-03-13 13:42

Absa Business Banking's Happy Ralinala talks to Alec Hogg about entrepreneurship, helping empower women and what might change if Jacob Zuma’s successor were female.

Loving to create something from nothing

2015-03-10 15:43

Ruark Ferreira and his partners create a place where both property owners and tenants can come together in a trusted environment for a better rental experience.

World is Ocean Basket's oyster

2015-03-10 12:02

As Ocean Basket prepares to mark its 20-year anniversary, CEO Grace Harding remains obsessed with capturing the company’s unique brand as it continues to expand.

Innovating with the right mentorship is key

2015-02-27 14:52

Mentorship is the cornerstone to building a successful career as an entrepreneur, according to the founders of FlavaLite Innovations.

Trudi Makhaya: Economist of Dreams

2015-02-12 11:29

As an analyst and commentator for Business Day and eNCA, Trudi Makhaya is highly sought after for her views on the complexities of competition, economic policy, and business strategy.

Tenacious Anne scoffs at bank rejection

2015-02-12 12:22

Durbanite Anne Champion was turned down by a major bank when she sought a loan to start her own business, but she found a way around it and is now thriving.

Turning love for travel into a business

2015-01-29 19:08

From as early as 2001 images of the traditional bricks and mortar travel agency have been replaced with online stores that quickly put the customer in the driving seat.

Constructive constraints

2015-03-24 07:48

Some restraints are necessary, beneficial and to be embraced, says Ian Mann.

Start a new business with the one you have

2015-03-19 13:26

NSBC CEO Mike Anderson gives key profit makeover tips that can be adopted today.

How billionaires are made

2015-03-17 07:40

Ian Mann takes an intriguing look into what makes self-made billionaires tick.

So you want to be a business mentor?

2015-03-17 07:41

Entrepreneur and mentor Anton Ressel shares a few traits needed to succeed in the mentorship game.

Creating a business you can sell

2015-03-19 12:08

The path to becoming truly wealthy is by buying, building and selling great businesses, says a leading business and executive coach, Pieter Scholtz

Making the most of existing leads

2015-03-13 16:46

A business coach explains the importance of following up on leads, providing helpful tips on how to convert those leads into paying customers.

Electricity crisis – now is the time for SMEs to innovate

2015-03-13 16:44

The energy shortage is an opportunity to grow revenue, take advantage of new income generation avenues, diversify an existing business or even start a new one, says Karl Kumbier.

The secret of creativity

2015-03-10 07:32

All great discoveries are actually a series of many steps, says Ian Mann.

Anthea Jeffery: Small business and the BEE burden

2015-03-06 08:00

BEE has grown out of proportion and deviated from its original purpose – it continues to create a gap between the top earners and the rest of the SA.

Time to return to the Wimpy family model

2015-01-13 13:15

Franchisees should learn from families who basically lived in their restaurants, spending time with their staff and interacting with customers, an expert says.

World Cup brings this entrepreneur to SA

2014-12-11 16:50

What began as a trip to South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup has resulted in a booming business for Boris and Sandra Leyck.

Debonairs, Shoprite seal deal in Angola

2014-12-05 05:15

Debonairs Pizza will open its first restaurant in Angola in an innovative tie-up with Shoprite Angola, which will become the master franchisee.

Let the pizza wars begin

2014-10-14 10:39

Following the arrival of Pizza Hut and Domino's Pizza in South Africa, Debonairs Pizza has declared itself ready to take on the competition.

Growing the franchise industry

2014-10-09 18:00

FNB will be hosting the third annual FNB Franchise Leadership Summit in Johannesburg on October 15 and Cape Town on November 19.

Plan well to grow franchises

2014-10-08 17:41

Keeping a franchise growing through a period of constant change means all franchisees need to build planning and goal setting skills, says an expert.

Sell your invoice to grow your business

2014-09-29 11:35

Businesses aiming to grow can get instant cash from selling their invoices at a discount, enabling faster growth and less risk, according to an invoice discounting expert.

Choose the right location for your franchise

2014-08-21 16:32

As a franchise owner, you have a number of factors to consider before you can open the doors to your own franchise, says an expert.

Keep your franchise relevant

2014-08-05 11:44

Franchises need to ensure that their brand remains consistent and relevant so that consumers can still identify the franchise concept, experts say.

Wannabe farmers battle for funds

2015-01-27 13:42

While the farming sector has a lot of appeal for entrepreneurs, getting off the ground is daunting, but with collaboration and government funding, there is a glimmer of hope.

Battle to find affordable payment system

2014-10-16 20:13

Technology has opened the doors to new ways of POS payments, giving entrepreneurs more options when running a business.

Go and sweat the research stuff, expert says

2014-10-16 19:49

The quickest way to learn is to put yourself in the position of the client, a leading business advisor tells a hopeful business owner.

Grow your business out of your kitchen

2014-10-16 15:00

A business development expert gives tips on how to move an expanding business run from your home into bigger premises.

How to get from zero to hero

2014-10-05 08:00

Life won’t get any easier and responsibilities won’t get any lighter, say Dinesh Patel (CEO) and Heini Booysen (COO) of OrderIn in this informative Q&A.

Looking for seed funding to start a business

2014-09-12 16:18

A Fin24 user is looking for seed capital for his start-up companies and an expert provides some tips.

In need of a BEE certificate?

2014-09-03 05:00

If your annual turnover is R5m or less, then there is no need to have a BEE certificate, says an expert, but that should not stop you from a BEE code of conduct.

My home loan is hurting my CC

2014-08-22 14:36

A business owner has been very confused with his bank’s stance that he can’t do a substitution of debtors on his home loan. A Fin24 expert gives his response.

Thembekwayo's advice for a wannabe egg farmer

2014-08-12 12:35

Are entrepreneurs born or made? A Fin24 user gets advice on how to become an egg farmer from Vusi Thembekwayo.

Erosion of business foundations

2015-01-28 17:33

For many organisations, even when best business practices are employed, one cannot be comfortable in the front seat, according to an expert.

Red tape causes failure to launch business

2015-01-23 12:29

A start-up owner says his business has failed to get off the ground due to the stranglehold of bureaucratic and regulatory requirements.

The long walk to entrepreneurial freedom

2015-01-21 16:07

If you are not selling anything, then your start-up is just a hobby and not a business, says Vuyisa Qabaka, director of the South African Black Entrepreneurship Forum.

Failing to stick to a budget can kill your business

2015-01-06 20:11

A Fin24 user shares a major pitfall he encountered on his journey to building a successful business and gives some advice to start-ups.

Road to my own business – an entrepreneur's story

2014-12-19 16:11

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. But everyone has to either take its ride, or ride with one. Life is too short not to..

Khayelitsha entrepreneur clinches global award

2014-12-15 13:55

Khayelitsha entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani has clinched the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award in the Business/Entrepreneurial category.

Teen entrepreneur making fashion waves

2014-09-17 06:00

Bonolo Mataboge has taken the fashion world by storm despite fighting Blount's disease.

Tax filing biggest hurdle for SME owner

2014-09-15 18:43

A small business owner says he does not see how any sole proprietor can legally operate a small business in SA.

GlamHour: Chance for township SMEs to sparkle

2014-08-27 12:49

Khayelitsha entrepreneur Zizipho Dyubeni is slowly making a name for herself in the township as a go-to-person for coordinating events.

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