Entrepreneurs from all over the Mangaung Metro Municipality joined Seda (Small Enterprise Development Agency) and other stakeholders at the City Hall in Bloemfontein to celebrate the Annual Entrepreneurs day on Tuesday, 7 February.
This event was carried out in collaboration with different stakeholders including the Department of Economic, Small Business development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea), National Empowerment Fund, (NEF), International Labour Organization (ILO), National Home Builders registration Council (NHBRC), Free State Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FS-YCCI) and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN).
The purpose of the event was to offer existing and aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage with various entities that are available to help them in starting, maintaining and growing their businesses.
Various speakers took to the stage to inform attendants of what they do for those who want to start a business, and how they can help them grow their existing businesses. Destea Director: Service Centres and LED, Kekeletso Ntsala informed entrepreneurs of how they assist them through the process of registering a business and accessing where your business is on the growth spectrum.
General Manager of Local Economic Development in the Managung Municipality, Madoda Khumalo was also the speakers. He urged entrepreneurs to keep up working together with the municipality to help grow the metro’s economy. He also added that the annual event will be growing with the addition of Soutpan, Dewetsdorp and Wepenaar to the municipality.
A question and answer session between guests and presenters offered the opportunity to all in attendance the opportunity to look at which information is still not reaching people, as well as where most challenges lie in starting one’s own business. Guest could also engage with the various stakeholders one-on-one, through the various exhibitions on display. -Seithati Semenokane