Business Clinic opens its doors

Posted on July 29, 2011

The launch was attended by a number of high profile guests, under which the CEO of SEDA, Ms H Lupuwana, and Mr S Levin of the Department of Economic Development. Live music was provided by the renowned Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

The Clinic is an initiative of the Department of Business Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences to facilitate entrepreneurship and small business development in and around the Mamelodi community. The Business Clinic will coach its clients through the development of their business plans and any other business problems. It will also offer services, such as the empowering of small businesses and non-profit organisations in the community through capacity-building initiatives and the understanding of small businesses. The Clinic will also offer counselling and mentoring to existing small businesses. The Business Clinic is a networking space designed to provide advice and solutions to entrepreneurs, organisations and individuals that are seeking guidance and assistance to overcome the challenges of building healthy and sustainable businesses.

Apart from the above services, the Clinic will also host workshops, conferences, non-certificate programmes, entrepreneurial training and development programmes to the community. The training will be based on the International Labour Organisation programmes of SIYB (start and improve your business), a management-training programme with a focus on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment in developing economies and economies in transition. Through knowledge sharing, the Clinic aims to empower the public with an awareness and understanding of business, as well as, small businesses and non-profit organisations with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate their businesses. It will also provide the necessary assistance to small entrepreneurs during the start-up phase, the continuation phase and the expansion phase of their businesses by offering quality counselling, business advice and mentoring.

The Clinic also offers to assist existing businesses in improving the enterprise development element of their BEE scorecards through investment in the sustainability of the Clinic.

For more information about the Business Clinic, contact:

Ms MG Silinda
Tel: 012 842 3999
Email: [email protected]

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