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Chamber hosts entrepreneur and business model training

The chairman of the Thembalethu Business Partnership, Mr Richard Shumi (left), is presented with his certificate by Dr Willie Cilliers, president of the George Business Chamber. In the background is the 'post-it' system that the delegates used to summarise their business model in preparation for their Dragon's Den style presentation.

The chairman of the Thembalethu Business Partnership, Mr Richard Shumi (left), is presented with his certificate by Dr Willie Cilliers, president of the George Business Chamber. In the background is the ‘post-it’ system that the delegates used to summarise their business model in preparation for their Dragon’s Den style presentation.

GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS – Twenty proud delegates completed the five week entrepreneur and business model training, which was initiated and presented by the George Business Chamber and TEN (The Entrepreneur Navigator). Dr Willie Cilliers, the chamber president; Max Oerder, a business consultant for TEN; and Ingrid Cronje, the chamber manager, facilitated the workshop.

The group was divided into two teams and each team had to design a product and use the nine fundamental steps that are used in the design of a successful business model. The end of the course culminated in a presentation by each team to a panel of four judges.

The presentation was conducted in a similar vein to the popular TV programme Dragon’s Den where entrepreneurs are afforded the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their product and business model to a panel who decides whether they would ‘invest’ in the business proposal being presented. (more…)

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Entrepreneurial training in Thembalethu

Dr Willie Cilliers, president of the George Business Chamber, addressing some keen participants at the Entrepreneur Training Workshop in Thembalethu.

Dr Willie Cilliers, president of the George Business Chamber, addressing some keen participants at the Entrepreneur Training Workshop in Thembalethu.

GEORGE NEWS – In February 2012 the George Business Chamber engaged with Richard Shumi, chairperson of the Thembalethu Business Partnership, a newly formed business organization to find ways to create business opportunities in George.

The economy of the country was experiencing the dire effects of the recession. This and the alarming rise in unemployment figures highlighted the need to expand business opportunities and markets, especially in the SME sector.

The decision to encourage businesses to support each other in various ways was made, hence the engagement with the Thembalethu Business Partnership. The first informal interaction between the chamber and the members of the Thembalethu business people was to host a networking evening, which was co-sponsored by Algoa FM. The evening was very successful and saw 220 business people from the George Business Chamber and the Thembalethu Partnership in attendance. (more…)

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