Opportunity to boost your business success

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Amelia Masakane of Senkatane Buy and Braai in Kroonstad, whose turnover has increased steadily month by month since joining the programme.

The SAB Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Tholoana Enterprise Programme for entrepreneurs who want to grow their viable, black-owned businesses and who would like to be considered for the programme. The Tholoana Enterprise Programme supports enterprises that benefit or are run by women, the youth and those living in rural and peri-urban areas. The focus this year is on creating opportunities for entrepreneurs with a disability, who are strongly encouraged to apply.
During the programme, high potential SMEs receive a unique combination of expert mentorship, skills training workshops, access to markets and qualified investment-readiness support. This programme aims to significantly improve the confidence, skills and financial performance of participanting businesses.
Bridgit Evans of the SAB Foundation says, “We offer committed candidates an incredible opportunity to take their business to the next level. Our partnership with small business growth professionals, Fetola, boosts the long-term sustainability of the participants in our programme, making it a highly impactful and sought-after solution for promising South African small businesses.”
More than 100 emerging entrepreneurs have benefitted from the programme, having had their success accelerated through this methodology since the business support programme commenced in 2015. One star performer on the programme is Amelia Masakane of Senkatane Buy and Braai in Kroonstad, whose turnover has increased steadily month by month since joining the programme. “I gained more confidence and learned to take myself seriously as a business owner. Tholoana has changed my life and opened up the world of entrepreneurship,” said Masakane.
Applications are especially welcome from businesses working in new and growing sectors such as export, manufacturing, food processing, water, energy and waste management.
The businesses chosen from Free State for 2016, were Thabisile Hlongwane’s Isibusiso Holdings, Kelebogile Mande’s Rejanala Farms & Projects and Tyson Mpeake’s Mpeake
Creations.
“We are looking for the very best candidates across all nine provinces, those whose enterprises have a proven business concept, a track record of trading, and long-term potential for growth,” Evans said.
If your business has been in operation for at least six months and less than five years, you may be eligible for consideration. Visit www.sabfoundation.co.za to review the selection criteria and apply. Applications close at 12:00 on 15 March. – Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za