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Bridgement + The Slow Fund: We’re Giving Four Entrepreneurs a R20k Interest-Free Loan
April 06, 2021

The Slow Fund is an initiative started by South African entrepreneur and author Nic Haralambous. It exists to help budding entrepreneurs launch their small businesses, by giving away R1000 to one passionate human every day for a year to cover initial start-up costs or provide a cash injection. As a company that is passionate about…

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Blog | Customer Stories
Salad Lab – a fresh recipe for success and organic business growth
April 06, 2021

If 2020 has shown SMEs anything, it’s the importance of innovation and the exploration of new avenues. From entering programs and competitions, to ditching traditional banking finance for FinTech alternatives, this is how The Salad Lab came out of 2020 stronger than before. Founded in 2013 by Teboho and his wife, The Salad Lab is…

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Covid-preneurs – When challenge breeds creativity
March 09, 2021

2020, a year that can be considered the most turbulent for businesses in recent history, has taught us many things; one of them being that your options aren’t necessarily limited to sink or swim – you can pivot.   While it’s certainly a challenge for many to evolve in such trying times, it’s not impossible…

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Blog | Business Advice
5 podcasts every South African business owner should be subscribing to in 2021
March 09, 2021

With the abundance of long weekends and Easter holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time to draw some inspiration from a really great podcast (or three).  However, with thousands of entrepreneurs and thought-leaders from multiple industries sharing their thought-provoking advice and lessons learned along the way, it can be quite overwhelming trying to find…

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Winners of the 2020 South African Small Business Awards announced
November 20, 2020

Ending off its 12th successive year, the NSBC in association with World Famous Events has announced at a virtual gala event for South Africa’s Top 20 Finalists, Special Award Winners and the Main Category Award Winners for the 2020 South African Small Business Awards. These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all…

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The Current Economic Environment and its Impact on SMEs Q4 2020
November 09, 2020

The US elections have captured everyone’s attention recently, and the only good thing to come out of this all-consuming reality TV show? The Rand strengthening.  Everyone knows that there are two sides to every story, and often it’s hard to appreciate the good without seeing the bad. Us South African’s definitely know a thing or…

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Blog | Business Advice
The SME’s Guide to Stocking up for Black Friday and Christmas in 2020
November 02, 2020

With the 2020 festive season fast approaching, many SMEs are gearing up for their busiest business period – and it all begins with the larger-than-life precursor otherwise known as Black Friday. Here are six things to consider to ensure you’re prepared for the upcoming holiday period: 1. Forecast, forecast, forecast If you sell a manufactured…

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Blog | Business Advice
6 Things Every SME Should Consider When Hiring Year-End Staff
October 30, 2020

The holiday period can be an especially manic one for many SMEs. From Black Friday to Christmas, you may be in need of more manpower depending on the industry you’re in. But before you panic-hire a part-time team at the last minute, consider these six things: 1. Expectation vs reality If you’re expecting a potential…

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