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.
The current initiative is the facilitation of the second Entrepreneurial Training workshop which is taking place in Thembalethu each Wednesday during July and which is being facilitated by the George Business Chamber and TEN (The Entrepreneur Navigator). The screening process for potentially successful entrepreneurs, took place at the end of June where 25 delegates were selected to participate in the programme. The first day of the training took place on Wednesday 2 July 2014 and each delegate was given a file which will become a source of reference once the course and the 9 Business modules have been completed.
The course is designed to cover the 9 critical building blocks of running a successful business and is structured so that the delegates who attend each Wednesday’s workshop can go back in to the market and apply what they have
learned during that day. Each week thereafter covers modules which build upon the previous week’s learning.
The next step of the process will be to start a mentorship programme for those who have successfully completed the 5 day Intervention. The mentors who have volunteered their services are successful business people who are members of the George Business Chamber. It is envisaged that there will be additional workshops of this nature as well as other initiatives that will enhance the business acumen of those wishing to succeed in business.
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07:00 (GMT+2), Thu, 10 July 2014