Spotlight on entrepreneurs

Michael Lebona, General Manager Pernod Ricard (Inland); Lorraine Landon, Head of Agencies at Google South Africa; Andile Khumalo, Founder of I am an Entrepreneur, and Sithabile Maphumulo, Head of Communications Renault SA. PHOTO: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE

“Just pick up the phone and start making those sales calls”. This was the message from the CEO of SalesGuru, Mark Keating, to entrepreneurs who attended the I Am an Entrepreneur event recently held in Bloemfontein.

New entrepreneurs as well as those who have been doing business for a while gathered at the event to hear expert advice from Founder of I am an Entrepreneur, Andile Khumalo. CEO of SalesGuru, Mark Keating, Head of Agencies at Google South Africa, Lorraine Landon, Growth Head of InLand Regions at FNB, Willy Dean, and local entrepreneur, Funeka Khumalo, shared their journey.

CEO of SalesGuru, Mark Keating

Andile Khumalo explained that I am an Entrepreneur is all about supporting entrepreneurs to be better leaders for their businesses. “We want entrepreneurs to make money, create jobs and help grow South Africa. We do this by putting together a world class full-day summit in eight regions in the country where every entrepreneur can be better skilled on how to run and grow their businesses, thanks to our partner, FNB, which is the only bank founded by entrepreneurs,” said Khumalo.

Keating reminded attendees that as salespersons their main aim is to make a profit. He encouraged them to face their fear of rejection, pick up the telephone and make that call. “No one has ever died from hearing the word NO!”

Old Mutual investment analyst, Lebogang Morulane. PHOTO: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE



Old Mutual Investment Analyst, Lebogang Morulane, said that they have committed to being a responsible business in South Africa and part of that is that they have to invest in the future of the country, and they want to add to growing the economy of the country.
“Our main aim is to make sure that the businesses we’ve seen today, will still seen ten to fifteen years from today. They need to be the businesses of the future,” he added.

And in between all that knowledge and inspiration delegates could hop into one of the Renault cars and take a test drive. And, of course, networking was the order of the day. – Seithati Semenokane