“First I was afraid; I was petrified” … Gloria Gaynor certainly did not have entrepreneurs in mind when she sang these words, in her classic disco hit “I will survive”. But the opening words of the song could very well describe the feelings of most entrepreneurs when they first begin pitching their business to potential investors and clients. Fear is certainly the order of the day. However, like Gaynor, survival is also the order of the day and entrepreneurs who are unable to master the art of the pitch are unlikely to master the art of survival. In fact, having overcome the fear, and having moved past being petrified, successful entrepreneurs become addicted to pitching. How, one may ask, is it possible to become a pitch-addict?
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100% Free Business Support available for South African manufacturing SMEs within the Eastern Cape.
As part of their commitment to supporting Enterprise Development throughout the country, South African Breweries (SAB) donated over R200 000 to the Sovuyiso Sewing Primary Co-operative (SSPC) for the purchase of new industrial sewing equipment and financial management training for the SSPC members.
SEDA Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) today announced the opening of a new technology research and development (R&D) centre, located on-site at its Newton Park technology office business park in Port Elizabeth.
The SNII R&D Lab offers assistance and support to creatives, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in PE to design and develop apps, software solutions, as well as electronic and mechanical device prototypes. It forms part of SNII’s technology infrastructure support service to clients enrolled in the centre’s incubation programme and for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Nelson Mandela Bay.
“This is a giant step forward for sustainable SMME development in the ICT sector in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Scott Zambonini, Enterprise Development Manager at SNII.
Development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says it has disbursed R72,1 million to 198 small businesses which created some 1,415 jobs by the end of the third quarter of the 2015/16 financial year.
Delivering the development financier’s performance report for the first three quarters of 2015/16 business and stakeholders in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro this morning, recently-appointed chief executive officer Buhle Dlulane says 21% or R15,5 million of the disbursements went to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro region.
The success of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has had a positive spin-off for small businesses in the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) by creating employment for the local residents and surrounding areas.
The Coega Dairy and Cheese expansion, worth R25 million in zone 3 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) continues to benefit Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs), thus contributing to the local economy of the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB).
Two-hundred entrepreneurs from Nelson Mandela Bay are expected at the first ever Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative SMME Indaba.
The Indaba is hosted in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape Development...
Jupilog Development is undertaking a baseline study of small businesses in the Eastern Cape on behalf of the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
The purpose of the study is to generate information that...
The Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate says that opportunities exist on new municipal projects for SMMEs.
In a report to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee, it states that opportunities exist for a further 46 SMMEs in the...
Nelson Mandela Bay’s Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Directorate has set a target of assisting businesses in the metro to secure new export contracts worth R1.5 million in the current financial year.
The Service Delivery and Budget...
- Become a ‘Pitch Addict’
- Free Business Support for South African SMEs in manufacturing
- South African Breweries lends a helping hand to Sovuyiso Sewing Primary Co-operative
- Nelson Mandela Bay Tech Entrepreneurs and ICT Small Business Start-ups get R&D Lab
- Eastern Cape Development Corporation disburses R72,1 million to 198 small businesses in first three quarters of 2015/16
- SMME’s flourish in the Coega IDZ
- Bay entrepreneurs expected at first UDDI SMME Indaba
- SMME Baseline Study
- More Opportunities Available For Small Businesses
- Directorate targeting R1 million in new export contracts