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How to create a sales playbook
Is your sales team clear on what strategy to use in each step of the sales funnel? Are they familiar with who your ideal client is and what the brand’s persona is? If this all sounds a bit puzzling, then you are in good company.
Millions for startups to grow their businesses
South Africa has hundreds of thousands of small businesses – so many that they contribute over 40% of our country’s gross domestic product and employ two-thirds of all South African workers.
6 tips for small businesses to navigate the high-interest-rate environment
Small businesses play a vital role in the South African economy, but many rely on borrowing to fuel their growth. For these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the current high interest rates are creating challenges...
How to plan a remarkable customer experience
When was the last time you told your friend about a great experience you had at a business? Have you heard what your customers are saying about your business? One of the cheapest ways to advertise your business...
The impact that load shedding is having on small businesses and their employees
The cost of load shedding in South Africa has exceeded an estimated R1.2tn – notwithstanding the losses accumulated during the current financial year. Some of this financial impact has been shouldered by the thousands...
Keeping up with shifting consumer habits to ensure business success
Business cannot exist without its consumers, yet consumer behaviour and values are always shifting and evolving – impacting how businesses sell their products or services. Over the past two years, many aspects of our personal...
The basics of IoT for small businesses
Have you heard of the term “Internet of Things” and wondered what everyone was going on about? If this is you, then you are in the right place. We are going to look at what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and...
Clean-Pro Systems – Keeping a close eye on finances is key to achieving success
Clean-Pro Systems is a specialist bulk supplier of cleaning and facilities chemicals, consumables and products targeted to supplying the cleaning and facilities industries in South Africa. They also provide valued training and...
SMMEs can alleviate SA’s jobs crisis. But they need some help
South Africa’s most recent unemployment figures paint a gloomy picture. This joblessness leads to socio-economic issues, including crime, poverty and inequity. In other words, we can’t fix our other challenges until we fix unemployment.
How to set your small business up for success
South Africa’s economy relies on the success of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) as these businesses provide jobs to millions of South Africans and are key drivers of economic growth and innovation.
Xero report reveals small business growth in the face of economic adversity
South African small businesses are determined to face a challenging economic environment with optimism and resilience, according to Xero’s sixth State of South African Small Business report.
Customer service hacks for small businesses
Customers usually stick with businesses that value them and treat them well. According to a global PwC survey , almost 60% of customers would discontinue using a brand if they had bad experiences.
Success calculator for salespeople
As a sales person, can you predict your income? Do you know how many calls you need to make to reach your target for the month? There is a level of prospecting effort needed, in order to achieve your targets...
Free AI marketing tools every small business should know about
Marketing is crucial for small business owners seeking market entry as it enhances visibility, attracts and retains customers, establishes a competitive advantage, provides market knowledge, and fuels business growth and expansion.
Santam launches digital insurance for micro township enterprises starting at R75
Santam has launched a digital insurance product for micro township enterprises, which will cost between R75 and R195 a month, providing these businesses with financial security and recovery in the event of a loss.
Market locally: 7 reasons to sell to locals
Many entrepreneurs dream of having a global brand, but the famous global brands started small and probably marketed to their local community before they leaped on to the international stage.
Lady K Wellness – Building communities
Established in 2010, Lady K Wellness is a manufacturer of indigenous herbal teas, cosmetics, capsules, drops and biscuits for the wellness and diabetic market. Using recipes created and used by her father since 1973.
Santam Women of the Future 2023 Competition
It’s that time of year again when Santam partners with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE to kick off the annual Santam Women of the Future competition to seek out the most inspiring and resilient women entrepreneurs in the country.
Calling small businesses to apply now!
Launch My Startup is a high impact national initiative that will fund 100s of high-potential small businesses every year through ESD funding helping them to become active, sustainable economic participants with a positive...
The target market: what is it and how can you define it
Everyone is not your market. This is a phrase often stated when people talk about a market. A market is a group of people who have the buying potential to purchase your service or product.
The 5 questions you need to ask a payment solution provider
With the ongoing decline in the popularity of cash, the vast majority of businesses in the modern era will need to be able to receive electronic payments of some kind or another. Whether through EFT credits...
Simplify how your business manages the Customs process
With the rise of e-commerce, social media and technology in general, even small businesses can easily find customers beyond their local market. Finding a way to navigate the Customs process more efficiently can therefore...
Armour up: protecting yourself from DDoS attacks
Picture this: It’s Black Friday and it’s time to take advantage of the massive sale on your favourite online shop. You’ve been receiving emails all month in the run-up to the day and you’ve bookmarked several items that you...
Cultivate a mentally healthy workplace in your small business
As a small business owner, it’s safe to assume you truly understand the saying “wearing many hats”. From financial management to operational efficiency, you have a lot to juggle.
South African small businesses remain resilient despite challenges
South African small and medium businesses (SMBs) remain optimistic about their prospects despite a challenging 2022, where rising costs significantly impacted profitability
Otto Communications Systems – getting people and businesses connected
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Otto Communications Systems. Otto Communication Systems is in the business of getting people and businesses connected – and keeping them connected.
UPCOMING EVENT :: MTN Business SME Day
MTN Business invites you to join for the first edition of SME Day, exploring the practices, tools and mindsets of SME’s getting #BusinessDoneBetter on the African continent.
Digitization for SMEs
While the pandemic has accelerated e-commerce growth and digitization, it has sparked a new wave of emerging technology adoption. It presents SMEs with a previously unheard-of opportunity to benefit from digitization...
How to succeed at a trade show
Considering investing in a trade show this year? Done right, trade shows can help to increase visibility for your brand, check out what the competition is doing, gather new leads, train your sales team on new products and sales strategies...
Prescription does not run against a mentally incapacitated claimant despite having a curator
The Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed that in circumstances where a claimant is mentally incapacitated, the completion of the period of the prescription of a claim would not occur for as long as the mental health impediment exists.
Revolutionising business: the impact of artificial intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming a crucial aspect of modern business from automating tasks to improving customer experiences; AI has the potential to revolutionise the way companies operate.
South African small business confidence takes a knock as the energy crisis intensifies
The escalation of the energy crisis in South Africa, which has brought with it the onset of indefinite stage 6 loadshedding, has had an eroding effect on business confidence. Across all indicators, the confidence of small- to...
3 mindset shifts that will help you deal with rejection as a business owner
Did you know that J.K Rowling, world-renowned author of the Harry Potter series was rejected 12 times before a publisher agreed to publish her work? Or that Steven Spielberg was rejected several times by the University...
Moody and Smith Digital – building a team for business greatness
Moody and Smith Digital (Pty) Ltd is a digital agency which aims to help businesses have a solid presence online by implementing the following four core activities: digital marketing, content creation, online community management...
Business Boost :: How to give your business a profit makeover
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) share insights as to how to turn things around if your business is struggling with debt, expenses or poor sales.
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UPCOMING EVENT :: Maximise your competitive edge through IP
16 May 2023 | Pretoria The Africa IP SME Helpdesk and the CIPC are organising a one-day programme SMMEs seeking to maximise their competitive edge through IP with a focus on the green economy. Register today!
UPCOMING EVENT :: Breakfast Connect powered by Liquid Intelligent Technologies
The NSBC & @LiquidInTech invites you to #BreakfastConnect – an exclusive #NetworkingEvent that gives you access to innovative thought leadership & connects you with like-minded individuals. 19 May 2023 | Jo'burg | 09h00 - 12h00
UPCOMING WEBINAR :: Budgeting to boost your Financial Health
In this power-packed session, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Ans Gerber (Experian: Head Data Insights and Marketing Services) continue the "How to become Financially Fit" series. 17 May 2023 | Online @ 9:30
Business Boost :: Launch My Startup Accelerator Programme
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) share insights as to how a startup can apply for the Launch My Startup Accelerator Programme – SA’s largest and most exciting startup initiative.
Why South Africa needs more small businesses
While small businesses may very well be the unsung heroes of the South African economy, their contribution to national development is unmistakable. Creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship is therefore...
How to communicate online effectively
In recent times much of our communication has moved online. And with the loss of non-verbal cues and sometimes, vocal cues, the chances for miscommunication has increased.
Why you need to invest in business security systems
A business is far more than merely your source of income, and your hard-earned cash results from years of dreams and plans. Thus, protecting something as important as your livelihood is only natural, especially when crime runs amok.
How to make your listing stand out on Google Maps
Each day, people all over the world use Google Maps to search for businesses that provide the products and services they need. By claiming and verifying your Business Profile on Google, you can control the information that potential...
Local business coalition 101: build better businesses in community
We have often heard the quote “It takes a village to raise a child” but the same can be said about a successful business. Even though many entrepreneurs believe and have been taught that they should build a successful enterprise on their own.
Macatlas Freight – doing business differently
In 2016, Christine Mackay founded Macatlas Freight, a 100% female-owned and -operated freight company that provides a wide range of freight and logistics services. Christine Mackay’s curiosity for freight was awakened when...
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Launch My Startup announces its first funded business
CNT Travel has been selected for the Launch My Startup Accelerator Programme that is designed to transform high-potential small businesses. The programme helps them grow into active sustainable businesses.
UPCOMING EVENT :: C2 Cloudvisory Breakfast Event
Discover OneVoice Cloud Contact Centre | 5 May 2023 at 08:30-12:00 | Rosebank, Johannesburg. Register today!
How to give your startup a fighting chance
Imagine putting everything you have – your hopes, dreams and finances into starting your own business, only to watch it crash and burn. The fear of failure is at the very top – above anything else.
6 steps to building a business that buys you time and freedom
One of the main reasons people start a business is to have more time and freedom. But building a business can be time-consuming. Here are six steps to building a business which buys you the time and freedom you craved...
Cybercrime: The greatest business risk of our time
If you’ve found yourself weighing up whether you should spend more on your business’ cyber security measures; the answer is YES – do it, and do it now. Contrary to common misconception, it’s not just large...
Learning to pitch better: the value of feedback from investors and financiers
When I am asked whether entrepreneurs are born or made, I respond that the evidence shows that it is neither. Entrepreneurs precipitate. One of the conditions that need to be present for an entrepreneur to precipitate...
Vendor vs Supplier: which should you use?
Some individuals may consider that “vendor” and “supplier” can be used interchangeably but there is a difference. In this article, we will look at the difference between a vendor and a supplier and the impact this can have...
Business Partners Limited launches new energy fund to address the pressing need for small businesses to invest in alternative energy solutions
According to data published by the South African Reserve Bank, the accumulative loss of stage 6 loadshedding amounts to between R204 million to R900 million per day. A proportion of these losses are incurred...
Roll up your sleeve – it’s time for the flu vaccination
The days are getting shorter and the nights longer which means winter is on its way … and with the change in season comes the start of ‘flu season’.
DialogueSA – Empower leaders for societal change
As people and change specialists, DialogueSA transforms people dynamics and creates vibrant, healthy organisations by activating potent leadership. They encourage leaders to optimise their culture for their strategic...
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How to do great work and live a great life
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) share key tips on how to add magic to your success journey.
The 4 most important contracts every SME needs
So you’ve just registered a new company or started your small business, what now? In the business world, it is critical to establish a system of rules that govern and speak on the enforcement of obligations.
6 reasons to do business in Africa
Africa is a continent bursting with opportunity. It has a rapidly growing population, abundant natural resources, and a favourable business environment. With these in mind, let’s look at six reasons why you should invest in Africa:
The quick guide to payroll compliance
Advice from the experts on how to manage and maintain compliance. How are you keeping up with the ever-changing compliance factors impacting the payroll function? Managing the many aspects of payroll compliance...
6 steps in lead management
Do you have many leads, but they seem to lose interest as they move down the sales funnel or worst yet, they don’t convert into brand loyal customers who promote your product within their circle of influence?
The importance and challenges of financial inclusion
Ensuring everyone can participate in the formal economy is vital for a successful country, but there are a number of unique challenges for financial inclusion in South Africa. The perceived lack of financial inclusion in...
Growth severely hampered by the energy crisis
In 2022, although economic activity slowed, it slightly outperformed expectations, mainly due to the resilience of agriculture and financial services. However, the outlook has considerably worsened, primarily because...
Business Boost :: How to get through the tough times
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about key tips on what to do when you hit a T-Junction and how to overcome adversity.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Managing your Financial Health
In this power-packed session, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Jaco van Jaarsveldt (Experian: Head of Commercial Strategy and Innovation) kick off the "How to become Financially Fit" series powered by Experian, with this all-important topic.
UPCOMING WEBINAR :: Are non-payments from customers hurting your business?
26 April 2023 @ 9:30 Discover how to navigate the world of business using trade credit insurance as a tool. Powered by Coface
Feelgood Health – sharing good health throughout the world
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Feelgood Health.
Client retention – every business’ goldmine
Recently a colleague and I were discussing client retention, during which he lamented the fact that he had recently lost some long-standing clients. Several key points came out of the discussions which I would like to summarise below:
People: your business’ greatest asset
What value do you place on the people who you work with or interact with in your business? If you considered that the people who work in your business are one of the biggest differentiating factors between you and your competitors...
My big client won’t pay! What now?
One of the biggest challenges and nightmares of a small business is when clients don’t pay, especially the big clients. Imagine that you’ve done the job, gone the extra mile and now you are sitting with a money collection problem.
Absa to extend energy grants to SMEs amid crises
Struggling businesses will soon be able to apply for their share of the R50 million in grants to keep their businesses running. In a move aimed at supporting and growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Absa will be providing up to...
3 ways South African SMEs can stay focused on success in 2023
Despite the challenges faced by South African SMEs at the start of 2023, 87% of business owners are remaining optimistic and focused on growth. Rising fuel costs and interest rates, coupled with ongoing load shedding, can often...
From training wheels to winning marathons: Why the journey to the cloud is like learning to ride a bike
Learning how to ride a bicycle can be an exciting and intimidating process. You start with training wheels and remove them once you find your balance. Sure, you might fall and scrape your knee, but you can always get up...
Fashion Centre – Building communities to greater heights
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Fashion Centre. Fashion Centre sells school wear and is a men’s outfitters which sells branded clothing. This family-owned business started with Ebrahim Hattia’s...
Mastering the art of selling
Selling is the lifeblood of any business, and mastering the art of selling is crucial for entrepreneurs, sales people, and anyone who wants to succeed in business. Whether you are selling products or services, effective selling skills...
Digital transformation for B2B sales
Doing business online has grown exponential. With most people enjoying the variety and convenience of online shopping. These same people have started to expect to have this experience when dealing with their suppliers...
The importance of cyber security in an increasingly connected world
The last couple of years have seen an increased move towards digital transformation, not just of business models, but of day-to-day lives. As the world pivoted to meet the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic...
Why ‘going green’ has risen quickly to the top of SME agendas
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are under immense pressure in a tough economic landscape. Considering their substantial role in driving economic growth and job creation, there is now a heightened focus on their survival and growth.
EmPOWER your home and small business: Here’s what you can claim back from renewable energy tax
One moment you’re creating an invoice or presenting on a global conference call, and the next… darkness. If you’re lucky, your trusty inverter, UPS, or remaining laptop battery saves the day, but many South Africans find themselves...
How to be energy efficient in your SME
With sustainability being one of the growing trends for the last couple of years and an energy crisis happening globally and locally. It has become time to acknowledge what your business can do to become energy efficient.
Business Boost :: Getting your customers to pay you faster
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about how small businesses can get their invoices paid quicker.
Getting your customers to pay you faster
Getting customers to pay on time is one of the biggest challenges for business owners and when the problem persists too long, it can ultimately shut down your business.
Why critical action is required in business
Running a successful business requires a lot of effort and dedication. As a business owner, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tasks and lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why it’s essential to identify your critical action –
What you can and can’t claim – a tax guide for the self-employed
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has promised to get even tougher on taxpayers with a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance. This is why it’s so important to educate yourself about all the tax...
How to grow your market in Africa
Growing your market in Africa requires a strategic approach that takes into consideration the diverse cultural, social, and economic factors that exist in the continent. Here are six steps that can help you grow your market in Africa.
How to bolster your small business against the impact of energy price hikes
The recent decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to authorise an almost 19% price hike on electricity has been met with fierce criticism from several fronts, including the small- to medium-sized enterprise...
How to keep your identity safe in a time of crisis
COVID-19 has affected our lives in many ways. One of the threats is a huge increase in the number of hackers who are using the pandemic to try and steal your money, your personal information, or both.
APARA Global – Sustainable fashion for social impact
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – APARA Global. APARA Global is a Johannesburg-based fashion and styling company that produces clothing through recycled trash.
Business Boost :: The latest SME insights just released
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the latest SME insights and what is needed, to be successful.
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How has COVID, Day Zero and the Energy Crisis kick-started your journey to sustainability? Let us know and stand a chance to WIN an EcoFlow RIVER Pro Portable Power Station worth R15,000! Entries close 28 March 2023.
How to boost the development of South Africa’s SME sector: lessons from other emerging markets
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are the backbone of economic development in emerging markets like India, South Africa, Kenya and Colombia, where these enterprises contribute up to 40% of national GDP.
Cash budgeting for small businesses
Cash is the oxygen for your business, without it your business will die. But do you know the status of the cash in your business now? It is a must to know your cash status as this will help you to make informed decisions when...
VAT: What is it, and how do you register?
Three words every business owner dreads: Value Added Tax (VAT). We see it on our till slips as the sneaky percentile added to the bill. The truth is it’s not sneaky at all and has existed for over 30 years.
South Africa has been experiencing frequent power outages for many years now, which has had a significant impact on businesses in the country. These power outages are known as “load shedding” and are caused by...
Expert advice: How South African businesswomen can thrive
Supporting and financing women to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions is central to achieving the broader objective of fostering a more diverse and inclusive business environment. In a country like South Africa, where small...
SME value chains can boost your business
Do you know what your SME’s value chain looks like? By closing examining your business’ value chain, you can find areas where you can boost your company. You can also look at regional and global value chains and look...
Talking Money: How to ask the right questions for more budget
How do you go about determining your client's maximum budget without coming across as greedy or overly aggressive? Find out more about a fascinating technique I recently came across that has worked wonders.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Delivering jobs and accelerating SME development: a model that delivers
In this LIVE Q&A we find out more about the digital economy and how the Takealot platform offers the infrastructure to help SMEs compete on an equal footing with large enterprises.
Business Boost :: Starting or building a more successful business?
In this interview we discuss entrepreneurship and how it is a global phenomenon now and how the world is in the midst of a startup revolution as well as SA's biggest entrepreneurial extravaganza - The Business Show :: Africa 2023.
UPCOMING EVENT:: See why you need to be at the #TheBizShowAfrica
Join thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, and business decision makers. Discover new ideas, key solutions, innovative trends and unique opportunities to build bigger and more successful businesses.
Fishmonger Centurion – strengthening local communities
Henrique Nelson Goncalves is the co-owner and head chef at Fishmonger Centurion. This upscale seafood and sushi restaurant was opened in 2005 with a focus on quality ingredients. Nelson Goncalves has designed a modern...
The time has come. Put up your prices
Every year, without fail, you and I get letters from all sorts of corporate companies we deal with and every year, they all sing from the same hymn sheet: “Blah blah blah your new price increase will be X and you’ll now be paying...
Cash in: challenges facing cash-first businesses
South Africans love cash money – in fact, cash remains the preferred method of payment in the South African economy with cash-first businesses massive contributors to both the formal and informal sectors.
Payroll tax pocket guide and how will the 2023 budget impact you?
Wondering how the 2023 budget will impact you? Need a neat guide to show the way through the tax forest? Then Sage has two guides and an infographic to guide you through the forest and safely to the other side.
Women entrepreneurship on the steady rise in South Africa but access to funding is still lagging
The South African Women Entrepreneurs Job Creators Survey found that women gravitate towards industries whose development supports job creation. The financial inclusion of women entrepreneurs as active contributors to...
How to build a smart office for your SME
With the Internet of Things (IoT) entering all spheres of our life, creating a smart office is a good way to future-proof your business. But what if IoT is strange to you? And what are the real benefits of a smart office?
FJ Flavour Factory – Collaboration makes us stronger together
Fiona Anderson and her partner began FJ Flavour Factory in July 2018. They are a food manufacturer that focus on making spices, flavours, and nuts. They also sell herbs and spices. Furthermore, they see themselves as a solutions...
6 challenges to growing your business and how to overcome them
Growing your business can be testing at times and you may face some difficulties which you are not sure how to overcome. In this article, we look at six of these challenges and what strategies we can implement to overcome them.
Understanding what’s on your credit report
If you have taken out a loan or a store account, or have a credit card or a home loan, you have a credit record. Having a good credit record could make things easier when buying a car, financing your dream home or getting a loan.
Are women winning in the human race?
In observance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, three female EO members from around South Africa share their tips on how to find balance and practice self-care while being busy entrepreneurs, wives, and mothers.
Small businesses urged to ‘go solar’ following the 2023 budget speech
If anything, the 2023 budget speech revealed that devising a targeted plan to solve South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis remains the government’s top priority. The immediate future will see a concerted and collective focus on bringing...
Surviving loadshedding with back to business basics
South Africa’s electricity supply issues are increasingly shocking. Far from being an occasional or periodic occurrence; loadshedding is now a daily reality, with no let-up in in sight. While a longer-term plan to deal with outages is now...
3 digital tools to futureproof your SME
Technological advancement has, within a very short period of time, opened up new windows of opportunity for small businesses to improve several key metrics including productivity, operational costs, efficiency, and time management.
Startwise – helping small businesses to start well
Startwise’s mission is to help the next generation of entrepreneurs build successful start-ups by giving them access to leading industry business experts in South Africa. This platform offers an on-demand web-based application...
Business Boost :: :: How to create a winning ‘Strat Plan’ for your business
In this interview, talk about the importance of creating a strategic plan for SMEs and how it need not be a complicated process. Discover tips on how to approach the ‘Strat Plan’ process and five key tips to bear in mind when creating one.
The Impressive Human Show featuring Richie Quan
In this episode of The Impressive Human Show , we spoke to Richie Quan! He is called the greatest mixed martial arts coach in Africa and that may well be an understatement. Listen to this podcast now.
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WEBINAR REPLAY :: Funding your growing business
Mike Anderson (NSBC) and Ronnie Mbatsane (Absa) discuss small business funding, what options are available, what funders are looking for as well as the nation-building initiative #AbsaSmallBizFriday.
How to create a digital storefront for small businesses
As more and more of our lives move online, it has become critical for businesses to have a presence on the internet. Many people use Google search to find solutions to their pain points and if you don’t have a digital storefront or...
Payfast eCommerce Virtual Summit: start, grow and scale your online store
For the fourth year in a row, we’re pleased to bring you the Payfast eCommerce Virtual Summit in partnership with the Insaka eCommerce Academy. Taking place on 14 and 15 March 2023, we’d love for you to join us for this not to be missed...
Looking for credit? First know what lenders are looking for
One of the biggest challenges facing South Africa’s SMMEs right now is accessing credit in a tough economy. Credit is fundamental to the success of the SMME sector and lenders alike, but many lenders are taking a conservative view...
Credit insurance – a quick start guide
It means recognising an opportunity, acting quickly and being aware of what is at stake and taking steps to mitigate the risk. Unfortunately, there is one considerable commercial risk that many companies take for granted until it is too late.
Advice to boost your SME’s digital presence with ChatGPT
For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), it can be hard to keep up with rapidly changing technologies, which means they can be left behind when something new and innovative hits the market.
Digital marketing trends you should know about for 2023
Scrolling TikTok into the New Year? Of course you are! Digital marketing for 2023 brings with it several fascinating, evolving trends to take note of — more strategic collaboration with micro-influencers, the importance of customer data...
A reminder to employers; failure to guard against foreseeable harm at the workplace may attract liability
In circumstances where an employer fails to take reasonable steps to guard against the inherent dangers to employees in operating machinery on its premises, such entity may find itself liable for the damages sustained by...
Contractual disputes – a guide for small business owners
Contracts are an essential part of conducting any business. As a small business owner, it is crucial to understand the terms and conditions of any contract entered with an individual or business entity, especially regarding your legal...
Corporate social responsibility and your small business: why does it matter?
Are you only interested in the profits you make or are you interested in the community you serve? In today’s consumer environment, your customers are worried about how society and the environment is doing and how they can participate...
Business Boost :: Funding your growing business
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about funding, what options are available, what funders are looking for and what you need to do to keep the cash flowing.
Table View Butchery – Building the economy, building local communities
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Table View Butchery.
Chepa Streetwear - Invest in yourself
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Chepa Streetwear.
Funding your growing business
03 March 2023 | Online @ 13:00 Mike Anderson and Ronnie Mbatsane discuss small business funding, what options are available, what funders are looking for as well as the nation-building initiative #AbsaSmallBizFriday.
Don’t let these four legal potholes slow down your journey to success
10 March 2023 | Online @ 9:30 Nazeer Hoosen talks to Mike Anderson about the four legal pillars that have a financial impact that one should take care of when starting or running an SMME.
Business Boost :: Taking a full-circle look at your business to propel it to success
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the importance of doing an informal business audit in order to plot the road ahead.
You are too busy to make money
“You guys are too busy to make money”. This statement took the wind out of my sails when our financial director said it to my partners and I in another business over a decade ago.
3 top small business trends and opportunities to tap into in 2023
All things considered, 2022 was a year of recovery for the thousands of South African small businesses who weathered the turbulence of the pandemic, including several systemic economic hurdles.
Not all debt is bad debt
“Save for what you want and then pay cash.’ ‘Don’t get into debt: it’s a slippery slope to trouble.” Sound familiar? These are among the many myths about credit that many of us grew up with.
Why cutting the red tape off SMMEs is a national need
The untapped potential of small, medium and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the country is astounding. However, the red tape placed on them is even more startling. In South Africa we wouldn’t stand for our national teams...
Don’t fall for the myths: how to succeed with your small business startup in South Africa
So, you have been thinking it’s about time you started something but just can’t quite get into the groove? Let’s break eight myths about business start-ups and help you gain the momentum to get started
Your marketing plan for 2023
Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” ~ Thomas Edison. This means that you can actually create a solid marketing plan for success in your business in 2023. Yes, things can happen, but planning implies...
How can upgrading your working environment reduce the digital divide?
Did you know that a global poll found that as of 2021, 35.9 per cent of respondents experienced high levels of automation in the field of security services and incident processing? A further 48.7 per cent observed medium automation.
How to stay competitive in a disruptive market
Every entrepreneur knows that having competition in a market is part of business but when you add external disruptions then things start to get interesting. Remaining competitive becomes harder as the budgets become smaller.
FREE ebook: Your guide to payroll tax year-end
Is your organisation ready? We understand your day-to-day challenges, which is why we want to try and make your business life easier. We’ve prepared this guide to help you work more efficiently, giving you more time to do what you do best...
A look at the trends that will drive the development of the South African SME sector in 2023
Last year was a turbulent period for South Africa’s small business sector. With it came all the trappings of a business survival bootcamp: rising petrol costs, supply chain instabilities, high inflation, interest rate hikes...
6 ways to rank for voice searches
According to the Smart Audio Report 2020, “52% of voice-assistant users say they use voice tech several times a day or nearly every day”. With this statistic in mind, making our websites voice-search friendly has become a priority.
Why Trade Credit Insurance is free
Trade credit insurance is free. This statement may sound out of this world but look at the infographic and see why trade credit insurance is free.
7 steps to creating an app for your SME
According to the State of Mobile 2021 report by App Annie, $210 Million was spent on mobile apps and 680 Million apps were downloaded in South Africa in 2020 alone. Investing in an app for your business may be a great way to increase growth.
How to improve your customer service
Customers are central to having a business. Without paying customers, there is a very good chance that your business will not be doing very well. By improving your customer service, you will stand out in a crowded marketplace for...
SME Launchpad to offer free outdoor advertising to small businesses
Tractor Media Holdings is allowing entrepreneurs and small medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to promote their businesses through its nationwide network of digital boards - for free.
Job Crystal – getting future generations out of poverty
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Job Crystal.
How the Cloud is transforming security operations
Many security professionals are realising that their on-premises or private cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) system can’t keep up – so they’re migrating this key security operations tool to the public cloud.
Why love is so important in business
With the 14th of February traditionally being Valentine’s day, it made sense for my focus to be love and how that pertains to business. But what is love in a business context? After giving it some thought, I realized that love and...
Small business sales strategies to counteract the stress of the new year
For many, the new year brings with it a chance to start afresh, but with new goals comes new stresses too. And what is more, the new year also kicks off with Januworry, the month that customers claim to feel the biggest pinch...
5 ways to build a retention marketing strategy
When looking at marketing strategies, we are often told that retaining customers is cheaper than trying to onboard new customers. The other benefits of retaining customers are creating brand loyalty and reputation, and you can...
Google launches startup accelerator for women in Africa
Google has announced that it has launched the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Program, its first dedicated startup accelerator for women founders in Africa. Applications are now open for the inaugural programme, Google said.
Free ebook: Essential key performance indicators for small and mid-size business
Many businesses are finding that success in today’s shifting marketplace calls for the capacity to change quickly. That’s why it’s important to gain insights from real-time data that enable you to continually measure and adjust performance.
The future is now: enduring consumer behaviour shifts in South African retail
For the retail industry, the pandemic will be remembered as the great accelerant. It not only changed consumer behaviour, but it also accelerated the shift to digital in unprecedented ways. But what does this mean for the future of retail?
Five New Year’s resolutions for South African small business owners and entrepreneurs
The start of the year presents an ideal opportunity for reflection – a chance to pause and regroup before jumping head-first into the hustle and bustle of another year. This is the opinion of Jeremy Lang, Chief Investment Officer at...
Kicks Sportswear – making the business circle bigger
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Kicks Sportswear.
Get the cash you need to boost your business's growth plan from ProfitShare Partners
Plan A might not have worked out. But we're here to support your Plan B. Turning to your Plan B often means that you've learnt some valuable lessons from your Plan A. Get the cash you need to boost your business's growth plan.
Business Boost :: Playing it safe and getting nowhere?
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the value and necessity of taking calculated risks when building a successful business.
The Impressive Human Show brought to you by Nagging Panda!
In this episode we spoke to Ronnie Healy. He is a Pro show jumper that has competed all over the world, Ronnie owns his own yard, breeds horses, is a family man, married, just had a new-born baby and has launched a new business.
Exhibit at The Business Show
Over the two-day event 1000s of entrepreneurs and business owners will attend with the sole intention of sourcing the latest innovative products, services, ideas and opportunities to take their businesses to the next level.
How to talk about your business
Your prospect’s eyes glaze over, and you continue to speak with enthusiasm as they look for the nearest exit. Why are you losing your prospect’s attention when you talk about your business?
4 ways SMEs can deal with the energy crisis while they await relief
South Africa’s escalating energy crisis shows no signs of abating with the implementation of Stage 6 load shedding plummeting many parts of the country into darkness last week.
Critical traits required for a successful business and life
Recent research has highlighted several critical traits of successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Growth mindset is one such trait, which is the belief that personal qualities and abilities can be developed through effort and learning.
3 strategies to manage your inventory
Do you have expired inventory sitting on your warehouse shelves? Do you have more stock than sales? Or do you always run out of stock when the customers come to buy? Then it is time to put in some strategies to manage your...
What to consider when installing a solar system for your manufacturing plant
Manufacturers are typically the largest consumer of electricity. The average annual electricity consumption for a manufacturing plant is about 95.1 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per square foot in the US.
Access Bank South Africa takes CFI’s Best Business Banking Solutions in SA 2022 title
In financial news released from its London head office on Thursday, 26 January 2023, Capital Finance International (CFI) has named Access Bank South Africa the Best Business Bank in South Africa for 2022.
SMMEs plead for subsidies to survive load shedding
Clement speaks to Mike Anderson, the founder and CEO of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) about the damages that load shedding is having on the sector and calls for subsidies for alternative energy solutions.
Purchase Order Capital from ProfitShare Partners
Business is all about making the best out of every situation. If you've been looking for cash but had no luck then we're here for you. All you need is a valid Purchase Order. We don’t require any financials, or track record.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How to overcome e-commerce challenges powered by FedEx Express
Join us for the LIVE Q&A and discover how to differentiate yourself from your competitors with a better online shopping experience and to ensure your e-commerce platform is solid enough to handle increased traffic and demand.
Business Boost :: How to power your business through loadshedding
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the impact of loadshedding on South African small businesses and ways to work around it.
The BIG day has arrived
Exciting NEWS! Africa’s most successful business show is back! You can now seize your FREE Ticket and secure your spot to attend the entrepreneurial extravaganza of the year! – The Business Show :: Africa.
Grow your business with South Africa’s largest omni-channel retailer
What is Makro Marketplace? We’ve brought together like-minded sellers to create a marketplace with millions of additional products for our customers to choose from. The Makro Marketplace is where third-party sellers are...
23 tips to run your business better in 2023
The end of a year and the beginning of the next is when thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions – time to lose weight, return to the gym, improve one’s health. The same applies to small business owners, according to Denzil Steyn...
Savvy shipping tips to help build your small business
E-commerce is growing rapidly, and customer expectations are increasing. Customers are looking for convenient shipping and a seamless shopping experience. As a result, many small businesses rely heavily on shipping companies...
Government working on energy relief package for small businesses
The Department of Small Business Development is working on an energy relief package for the small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) with stakeholders to alleviate the devastating impact of load shedding on small businesses.
Free 2023 online e-commerce marketing calendar
When it comes to marketing your business online, planning ahead can make the difference between a good year and a great one. We understand that as a business owner, planning ahead can be tricky when you are in the thick of today.
Eight trends that are shaping business communications in 2023
As businesses continue evolving to meet changing customer behaviour, the uptake and investment in cloud unified communications platforms and tools will continue to soar. Businesses are increasingly realising that they must meet...
Build your B2B customer relationship for success
According to a 2020 Customer Engagement Consumer Survey by Rosette consulting, highly engaged customers spend 60% more, buy 90% more frequently, and have three times the annual value compared to other customers.
Network Configurations – Great teamwork makes a business work
Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured small business of the week – Network Configurations. Established in 1995, Network Configurations (NETCONFIG) was a small IT support company, assisting businesses to implement IT networks and systems.
Grow your business with Marko Marketplace
At the NSBC we partner with leading local & global brands that share a passion for seeing small businesses all over our country grow & thrive. One such partner is Massmart Discover how you can grow your business on the Makro SA Marketplace.
Business Boost :: How to double your sales in 30 days
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about how to ensure 2023 is the best year yet with sales, cash flow and profits, what a rainmaker is and how you can be one in your business.
How to power your business through the darkness
Many South Africans are looking for the light at the end of the loadshedding tunnel, but it still seems we are in the dark. With rumours of loadshedding at level 8 and a 18.65% power rate increase approved by the power regulator Nersa...
“New Year and same old . . . ”
It’s finally happened. The 1st of January has finally polarised society. One half is over the moon with excitement of what a new year may bring. They’ve got exciting goals, or at least some New Year’s resolutions, and they can’t wait to get going.
How do you know it’s time to take your small business global?
If your small business is doing well in the domestic market, why not consider attracting new customers internationally? Let’s explore a few factors to consider before you decide to take the plunge into new markets.
#BizTrends2023: Trends that will influence the SME sector in 2023
The small-medium enterprise (SME) sector is still marred by gender inequality as women-owned businesses continue to operate under challenging conditions, such as discrimination, economic exclusion, and stereotyping.
Incompatibility as a form of incapacity
Incompatibility may be defined as an employee’s inability or failure to maintain cordial and harmonious relations with their fellow employees and clients within the workplace.
How to take your online marketing from basic to pro level
The online marketing world is fullof marketing strategies for small businesses — it’s like a ridiculous buffet of options, so how do you choose what will work for you?
3 new year’s resolutions for small business owners and leaders to consider
As we move into 2023, many small and medium business (SMB) owners and leaders anticipate another difficult year. Yet they are comfortable knowing they’ve endured a lot since the start of the pandemic. SMBs have survived, and some...
4 ways to prepare your small business for 2023
For many South African small businesses, 2022 was a year of unprecedented change, as businesses and consumers adapt to life after the worst of Covid-19.
Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) shares on the impact of loadshedding on South African Small Businesses
In this radio interview on BBC World View - News Day Mike Anderson discusses the impact loadshedding is having on SMEs. Interview starts at 33 minutes of the episode.
UPCOMING EVENT :: Breakfast Connect powered by Microsoft
10 February 2023 | 9:30 - 12:00 | Microsoft, Bryanston Office, Johannesburg Join us for the world famous business-to-business breakfast networking event. Promo code: BC100223NSBC
Business Boost :: How to rewrite your life-story
n this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about how if you are not 100% happy with where you are and you feel you are going nowhere slowly, then the time is now to change.
How to double your sales in 2 Days
Are you serious about doubling your sales and growing a bigger and more successful business quickly? – If so, then read on.
#BizTrends2023: Greater online retail expectations and a changing basket at checkout
The last few years have seen a sustained growth in the adoption of e-commerce. This has brought about a lot of changes in the industry – and there are many more to come.
Credit insurance – a quick start guide
It means recognising an opportunity, acting quickly and being aware of what is at stake and taking steps to mitigate the risk. Unfortunately, there is one considerable commercial risk that many companies take for granted until it is too late.
9 success metrics to measure your online marketing (+ 6 tools to help)
“Success in online marketing” — don’t those words sound magical? It’s what everyone wants. You want it. I want it. Success in online marketing = sales, orders, and that beautiful thing that pays the bills — money. But how do you check...
Bidding for success: New ways to find your most valuable customers
When everyone is doing the same thing, it’s difficult to stand out. But the latest generation of Google campaign tools can help you find and reach your most valuable customers. Learn how to elevate your performance marketing.
PayFast’s top 5 digital payment trends for 2023
We’re almost halfway into the first month of the new year and are all systems go to make the most out of 2023. We’re pretty excited about what’s in store for PayFast and the South African payments industry as a whole.
4 B2B cold call scripts to master
According to a cold-calling LinkedIn article, 63% of sellers say cold calling is the worst part of their job. But then some studies show that one of the reasons for this belief is because they aren’t good at it and it feels like a waste of time.
Get #Back2Business with Capital solutions from ProfitShare Partners
Opportunity can only scale with cash and other resources to help it grow. No matter the opportunity, let us work with you to find the best solutions for your business.
UPCOMING EVENT :: How to overcome e-commerce challenges powered by FedEx Express
25 January 2023 | Online @ 9:30 Join us for the LIVE Q&A and discover how to differentiate yourself from your competitors with a better online shopping experience.
Do this to rewrite the plot of your life story now
It’s a new year. A new beginning. If you don’t like where you are and where you are going, rewrite a new plot now. If we can model the success traits of the zero-to-hero mega-entrepreneurs, there is no doubt that we will experience...
3 new year’s resolutions for small business owners and leaders to consider
Whatever 2023 may bring, the beginning of a new calendar year is an opportunity to introspect on the previous year, learn from the past, build on what works, and fix what doesn’t.
The year ahead: what will 2023 hold for South Africa’s small businesses?
As the world continues to recover from the pandemic, our country’s economic outlook remains lacklustre. For SMEs, the best way to prepare for the year ahead is to remain agile – be ready for “plan A” but keep “plan B” (and C) in your pocket...
The basics of a sales
There are a few differences between B2B sales and business-to-customer (B2C) sales. In this article, we will look at the differences between B2B and B2C sales and how you can start to build your sales process for your business customers.
Loadshedding: A small business continuity plan
There’s been a lot of ‘new normal’ going on over the last couple of years, and sadly, Eskom has confirmed that for at least the next 12 to 18 months, loadshedding will be part of that.
Agreements and your small business – 4 things to know
Treat all agreements, including verbal arrangements as a ‘contract.’ It will help put you in the right mental and legal frame of mind from the outset. Agreements could include service level agreements, cost estimates...
Nine questions to ask to improve your chances of getting business finance
To anyone doubting the availability of finance for South African business owners, consider this: Business Partners Limited has provided business loans totalling R19.5 billion in over 71 600 transactions with business owners since its start...
Telviva One: Better quality conversations, synchronised for better customer experiences
With so many disparate communication channels, meaningful customer engagements have become fractured and disrupted. But Telviva, have perfected a range of cloud-based platforms.
Purchase Order Capital - Easily Accessible Capital when you need it!
It’s #back2business and you don’t have time to deal with complex application processes and red tape. You need cash now. All you need is a valid Purchase Order or Contract and require cash from R 250 000 – R 5 000 000. Got it?
7 Holiday marketing ideas for SMEs
‘Tis the season to be jolly. As the twinkly lights are put up and everything becomes covered in red and green, people start to get ready to celebrate the holidays. But how can your small business stand out in the sea of red and green?
3 of the biggest small business festive fails and how to avoid them
For South Africans, the warmer weather has arrived, and shoppers are keen to embrace the outdoors. And of course, the festive season also means family time, which gives many an extra reason to shop.
How small businesses should plan for quiet months
Currently, many small businesses are welcoming the ‘busy season’. Depending on their products and services, the festive rush makes a big difference for some business owners, especially if they have fewer customers...
5 tips to help you navigate customs for your business
One of the most exciting things about growing your business is finding new suppliers and customers abroad. With customs being a process that you’re going to experience to facilitate shipping abroad, let us show you...
Keeping up with a changing cybersecurity landscape
CISOs face a bigger attack surface than ever – and the talent shortage and ever-evolving threat of ransomware and phishing aren’t helping. Find out how to respond effectively to these and other cybersecurity trends in this e-book...
The new 60/40 model: The ideal budget split to drive retail traffic
E-commerce retail is expected to grow faster than its in-store equivalent. For omnichannel retailers wishing to maximise the potential of this opportunity, they need to know which marketing channels will most efficiently drive growth
Business Boost :: What we should stop doing going into 2023
In this interview, Mike Anderson and Damian Schmidt reflect on the year past and ahead and look at Mike's top tips on what small business owners need to do to lift their game and fine-tune strategies so as to succeed beyond all expectations.
Unlock your growth potential, scale and do more for your business
Join Lesego Mpakanyane and Ingrid Mintera (Vodacom Financial Services) in this LIVE interactive Q&A session as they discuss the global shift to enhance digital presence and how this presents an opportunity for growth.
Business Boost :: Success isn't simply a product of doing more
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about how success is determined not only by the habits, beliefs and commitments we take on but more what we let go of.
The 6 P’s of marketing
Have you rated your company against the six P’s of marketing? Do you know the significant influence this can have on your entire business? It goes far further into the organisation make up than just in the marketing department.
Digital marketing for e-commerce
You’ve got an online business that you want to ramp up or really start getting some traction on – great! Now you want to start looking at how to market what you sell. Even better!
How to speed up your success going into 2023
As we are now closing in on 2023, business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere need to uplift their game and fine-tune strategies so as to succeed beyond all expectations.
Lessons on building a local brand from the ground up
Before the onset of COVID-19, trend forecasters predicted that South Africa’s pet care economy would soon outpace other emerging markets.
The occupier of a property has a legal duty to prevent foreseeable harm to persons visiting the property
In a November judgment in Lakay v Minister of Justice & Another 2022 ZAWCHC 221, the court confirmed that the occupier of a property has a legal duty to prevent foreseeable harm to persons visiting the property.
Innovate and thrive – unlocking digitisation opportunities for your business
Companies that adapted and rolled out digital solutions were able to survive the height of the pandemic while those that still relied on old ways of working withered under the immense pressure.
Witness Champions in the Making
Be inspired and watch champions in the making at the 2022 South African Small Business Awards.
Meet the 2022 National Woman in Business Champion
In this interview, Mike Anderson chats to the 2022 National Small Business Champion - Sasha Knott from Job Crystal.
Meet the 2022 National Startup Champion
In this interview, Mike Anderson chats to the 2022 National Startup Champion - Velly Bosega from Startwise.
Meet the 2022 National Startup Champion
In this interview, Mike Anderson chats to the 2022 National Startup Champion - Sammy Mhaule from Kicks Sportwear.
Meet the 2022 National Small Business Champion
In this interview, Mike Anderson chats to the 2022 National Small Business Champion - Iain Emerson from Network Configurations.
Meet the 2022 National Entrepreneur Champion
On 17 November 2022, at the 2022 South African Small Business Awards, Dumisani Mahlangu (founder of Chepa Streetwear) was announced as the 2022 National Entrepreneur Champion.
EVENT COMING UP: Microsoft for Startups
Microsoft for Startups is here to make life easier and more productive for Founders. Join us for a free 1-day event in Cape Town on 01 Dec 2022. Register today.
Breaking News: The winners of the #SmallBizAwardsSA have been announced
The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 14th annual South African Small Business Awards.
What it takes to be a champion
Do you dream of being successful? Then you must want it. Want it as badly as your next breath. To go after it with a clear vision, fuelled by a burning desire for nothing less. Willing to take that ultimate risk and face the possibility of failure...
How to step into the digital economy for SMEs
The digital economy has been a hot topic in recent years. Where it was once seen as a “nice-to-have” for businesses, it is increasingly becoming an essential part of operating a business.
The way we work isn’t working. How do we fix it?
The hope was once that computers would help people to work smarter and more efficiently. With the advent of the network society, some 10 years ago, it was also believed that people’s options would increase and thereby empower them.
Innovate and thrive – unlocking digitization opportunities for your business
Since COVID-19, we have seen how much of a difference a digital strategy and capabilities can have on a business. Companies that adapted and rolled out digital solutions were able to survive the height of the pandemic...
Where does cyber security fit into the risk ladder for a business?
Cyber risk has become a major risk over the last few years, and today it has become a priority for many companies based on size and sector. From a regulatory standpoint, it’s an area that regulators and rating agencies around...
Top considerations when upgrading your business phone system
We cannot emphasise the importance of a reliable business telephone system enough. 60% of companies admit that business phone systems and live agents are their most urgent investment priorities.
Modernise your security operations
As attackers develop modern attack techniques, it’s imperative that security teams work to continually modernise their security operations to stay prepared for adversaries.
Interview :: Business Boost - The 2022 South African Small Business Awards Top 20 Announced
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) discuss the #SmallBizAwardsSA and announce the 'TOP 20' Award Winners.
4 tips to guide you on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur
For some, the prospect of taking a risk and stepping out into the sometimes complex maze that is the South African SME sector is too daunting. And for others, it is a golden opportunity that is not to be missed.
How a consolidated security stack can reduce your risks and costs
Technology stacks for security have evolved into a jumbled mix of point solutions as security teams address multiple threat types coming through a variety of endpoints, apps, services and networks.
What Google is doing to help brands build resilience and drive results
In February 2022, Google unveiled an ambitious product road map for its advertising technologies, focused on improving automation, measurement, and privacy.
South Africa’s festive season: A summer like no other
For South Africans, the holiday season coincides with the beginning of summer and serves as a year-end break for students and several professions. Factors like the increased amounts of free time, families and friends being reunited...
10 top tips for small business email etiquette
With an estimated 319.6 billion emails being sent every day in 2021 and this number is believed to continue to rise; it has become critical to send emails which will be opened and read. But what are the top tips for small business etiquette?
And the winners of the 2022 South African Small Business Awards are…
It’s that time of year again when the NSBC announces the names of the ‘Top 20’ Award Winners. It’s never an easy task, given the sheer number of exceptional South Africans who have created thriving and innovative businesses.
Perfect your B2B sales strategy
As more and more decision-makers become digital-first buyers, the B2B sales strategies of the past need to be adapted to meet these buyers where they’re at.
What is dropshipping and how can you get started?
For those of us who are excited at the prospect of entering the world of e-commerce, dropshipping holds a lot of appeal. The reason is that there are relatively low barriers to entry in starting a dropshipping business.
SME financing 101: Knowing your options is key to survival
Despite COVID-19 lockdown restrictions being a thing of the past, small and medium enterprise (SME) owners across the country are under pressure, thanks to a sluggish economy, which the pandemic only served to compound.
Legal hassles can sink your small business before you have begun to swim
South Africa is a challenging environment in which to succeed as a small business. Our government regulations can be prohibitive, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic followed on the heels of an economy not performing well and a slow recovery rate.
The 4 most common traits of successful entrepreneurs – with examples
From the outset it needs to be said that there simply is no formula for the ‘perfect entrepreneur’. Find out more about four of the traits that many of the world’s most prolific business people have in common.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Small Business, BIG Impact
In this webinar find out more about the power of small business and take a look at #AbsaSmallBizFriday and how your business can benefit from this national movement.
UPCOMING EVENT :: China Homelife and China Machinex South Africa returns to Johannesburg
After a 3- year pandemic enforced break, China Homelife and China Machinex will be returning to Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa from the 15th to 17th November 2022.
Fund offers relief for SMEs in agro-processing and manufacturing sector
The South African SME Debt Fund - a partnership between Sanlam Investments and the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) - was launched in the second quarter of 2022 to help SMEs in these sectors reach their full potential.
Santam :: National Sponsor of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to Santam for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa.
7 tips to make cold calling less frosty
How often has your prospect put the phone down before you explained the purpose of your call? If it is more than 50 per cent, then you are in the right place as we help you to make your cold calls less frosty.
Early-stage entrepreneurial activity in South Africa surges by 62% over the past 2 years
We are seeing a surge in entrepreneurial activity despite the difficult economic conditions South Africa has endured over the past two years with many entrepreneurs reporting that they have identified new opportunities because of the pandemic.
Gear your business for greatness this Black Friday
Black Friday and the retail events that surround it are key consumer shopping events for you and your competitors, but how can SMEs like yours make the most of the period?
3 super practical ways to combat stress and prevent burnout as an entrepreneur
A number of studies and reports aired on popular media platforms such as Carte Blanche continue to highlight the importance of issues such as workplace stress, the negative impact of long working hours and the prevalence of burnout...
Loadshedding, petrol and interest rate hikes hit SME confidence levels
The Business Partners Ltd SME Confidence Index, which celebrates its 10th year anniversary in 2022, measures business confidence levels relative to labour laws, access to finance, state-level interventions and broader socioeconomic realities.
Fintech firm’s message to SMEs is vital: ‘Don’t despair, ProfitShare’
In the penultimate episode of the GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy Slaying in Your Lane series, sponsored by fintech company ProfitShare Partners, founder and CEO of the company, Andrew Maren, discusses access to cash for SMEs...
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Purchase Order Capital
There isn’t time to deal with a complex application form when quick access to cash is what you need now. Get cash for your valid Purchase Orders and Contracts from R 250 000 up to R 5 000 000. Apply today!
How to make your business bloom
5 simple strategies for SMEs to attract more business in Spring. Historically, Spring is a busy time for small businesses and presents a season in the year filled with opportunities to capitalise on the energy and positivity of the warmer months.
Live commerce: a brief guide
With the growth of video content booming and people interacting more in online spaces, the move to live commerce seems inevitable. But what is live commerce and how can it boost your small business?
How 3D Secure 2 caters for a better online shopping experience
If you’ve ever used your credit or cheque card to shop online, you’ll be familiar with the process of having to confirm your payment through a one-time pin via email, cellphone or banking app on your smartphone. This process is called 3D Secure...
What uncapped data can do for your business
Approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created across the planet every day. A quintillion is over two times as much as a billion, a number so large that the human brain can’t fathom it properly.
Webinar Wednesday :: Unlocking small business growth through technology
19 October 2022 Online @ 9:30 In this LIVE interactive Q&A session Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) chats to Nastassha Dooks (@vodacom Executive Head of SME & SOHO) about the power of technology to unlock growth in your business.
UPCOMING EVENT :: How to manage your wealth as a business owner before year-end
Entrepreneurship Series | 13 October 2022 @ 9:00 Learn how to manage your wealth as a business owner with Fergus Ferguson.
UPCOMING EVENT :: Microsoft Security Summit
25 October 2022 | 8:00 - 16:00 The Forum | The Campus, Bryanston, Johannesburg
Africa’s biggest business event is back
If you are serious about wanting to build a bigger and more successful business, this unmatched event provides the platform to fast-track business success!
Business Boost: Key highlights from the 2022 National Small Business Survey
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the findings of the 2022 National Small Business Survey and how businesses can use these insights to make their businesses more successful.
It’s always about the money
I love it when people say to me: “but Harry, it’s not about the money.” Really?! Do you actually believe that? Now I’m the first to support that money isn’t everything. There are a lot of things that are important. I’m also not saying that money...
Build a social commerce strategy for your SME
Social media is already a common digital marketing strategy for most SMEs and has become increasingly important in recent years. When customers are looking for a solution, they will most probably do their research online.
A 4-point guide on what it takes to build a successful business on the African continent
Several economists have referred to Africa as the ‘next global growth market.’ A number of findings support this claim – according to the World Bank, six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world are in African countries.
Top marketing strategies for Black Friday 2022 and 9 ways to stand out
Year-end is coming on like a freight train and with it, the inevitable planning for Black Friday 2022 specials and holiday sales. If you feel intimidated and a bit overwhelmed at the thought of planning your Black Friday marketing strategy...
Understand their market before proposing your solution
Rooting your B2B strategy in reliable data is essential when expanding into an export market. Market research helps you make informed sales and marketing decisions by identifying markets worth pursuing and examining potential...
Celebrating the spirit that drives South Africa forward
From National Fishing Month to International Walk to School Month, there seems to be a special month for almost everything these days. But what is their relevance?For the public and private sectors, special...
The fundraising market in Africa is growing, but it’s hard out there for start-ups
Analysis of the current African market by boutique investment bank DAI Magister, reveals that investors have so far bucked macrotrends by exhibiting confidence in investing into African businesses, particularly in first and second round raising.
UPCOMING EVENT :: The power of small business and the road to success
Wednesday, 05 October 2022 - Broadcast LIVE @ 09:30. In this live Q&A, Mike Anderson & Kgalaletso Tlhoaele explore the power of small business, take a look at #AbsaSmallBizFriday and how your business can benefit from this national movement.
Business Boost :: The biggest challenges facing SMEs
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the findings of the 2022 National Small Business Survey - focusing on the biggest challenges SMEs face and how to overcome these.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Driving financial inclusion: the importance of understanding your credit health
Presented by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) & Jaco van Jaarsveldt (Experian – Head of Commercial Strategy and Innovation: Africa).
4 signs you’re ready to turn your side hustle into a formalised SME
The prospect of making the transition from a ‘side hustler’ to the owner of a fully-fledged business may have serious appeal, but it’s important for entrepreneurs to resist the temptation to buy into romanticised notions of what it means to own...
Grow your subscription-based business today
According to Telecoming’s SUBSCRONOMICS 2021 report, there are approximately 7.2 million active subscriptions in South Africa and there is a growth rate of 14% year on year. This means that the subscription-based economic model...
6 ways to reduce bias in your SME recruitment activities
September is Heritage Month, a great time to reflect on the rich diversity of candidates that our local job market has to offer. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have an important part to play in building a more inclusive workforce...
Off the grid: Is it time for small and medium enterprises to flick the switch to solar?
The economic challenges in South Africa are daunting for most businesses. When coupled with the impact of load-shedding, there are compelling reasons why many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are actively seeking out alternative...
POPIA: the new era of protection of information
What is the purpose of POPIA? The intended purpose of POPIA is to promote the right to privacy in the Constitution, while dealing with the right of access to information, as well as the protection of information and the flow of same.
Brand partnerships: 3 things to learn from South African YouTube creators
Influencer marketing has long been an industry buzzword but how can marketers ensure that brand partnerships deliver tangible results? Watch two YouTube creators — with a combined subscriber base of over 250K — talk about the beauty...
5 things SMEs need to keep in check in South Africa
As a small business owner in 2022, it’s your role to ensure that your business strategy has been re-adjusted post-pandemic, so that you are able to respond to ever-changing consumer demands, and have an innovative game plan...
The underestimated value of industry research to SMME’s sales and marketing
Industry research adds value to your B2B sales and marketing approach by using data-driven insights to align your team’s efforts. This research is important for creating efficient and effective sales and marketing strategies...
The role of SETAs in South Africa
In 1998, the South African Parliament developed the Skills Development Act. The act defined a new Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) system. The goal was to develop a series of sector skills plans within a clearly defined...
Why business development is good for business
Dwayne Jansen, one of our key account specialists, shares why he’s passionate about what he does and why he believes business development is important for the success of any business.
Tips for entrepreneurs exploring franchising and financing for the franchise sector
Jeremy Lang, General Manager at Business Partners Limited, encourages entrepreneurs to explore the opportunities available in this exciting sector. He notes, however, that due to the many types of businesses operating within the sector...
Voice communication and the power of modern PABX systems
Nothing is worse than struggling to hear incoming calls. As a business, clear communication with employees and clients is vital. For this reason, it’s essential to know the advantages and advanced features of a modern PABX system.
Join the SME e-Market today!
We know running a business can be tough and finding new innovative ways to increase revenue and profitability is not easy. That’s why Old Mutual has launched a digital marketplace that connects buyers and sellers...
Why get a medical aid for your SME?
Access to quality healthcare is top of mind for many South Africans, particularly after the COVID pandemic. Lee Callakoppen, Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund South discusses the advantages of belonging to a medical aid for...
Netstar :: National Sponsor of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to Netstar for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa.
Business Boost: Key insights to help businesses overcome challenges
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about the leading factors that contribute to business failure and what businesses can do to overcome these challenges.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How business funding leads to the sustainability of SMEs
In this LIVE interactive Q&A session Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) chats to Nobesuthu Ndlovu (Director of SMEs - Old Mutual Limited) about this all-important topic.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How to advertise your business in 10 minutes
Presented by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) & Sindy Snow (Vodacom - Portfolio Marketing Manager in Digital Lifestyle Service)
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Insights on managing an impactful business
Presented by Ncumisa Nodaka (Sage – Accountant, Tax Practitioner, Facilitator, Assessor, and Professional Business Advisor / Mentor)
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Crafting a business that gives you time and freedom
Presented by Pieter Scholtz (ActionCOACH – Co Master Licensee & Executive Coach)
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Learning to love change
Presented by Kristin Ransome (Google - Business Development Executive & Life Coach)
Sage :: National Sponsor of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to Sage for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa.
Becoming a local business champion
By supporting SMEs, we can encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to invest in their business ideas and we can continue to build our economy. But how can we be champions for small businesses?
Registration, labour and tax: The most important compliance requirements for new small businesses
Putting measures and policies in place to ensure compliance may be a daunting task, and small business owners may be tempted to put compliance on the back burner in favour of more immediate concerns. However, being compliant from...
5 myths business owners have about staff
Following quite a few of these conversations recently about staff, I thought I’d help bust some of the myths business owners have around staff in general. These are just a few of the recent things I’ve heard:
Working together to build a culture of entrepreneurship is key to SA’s economic future
The ability to earn an income is one of the cornerstones on which every person’s physical and mental well-being depends. However, the options for earning such an income have decreased massively over the past decade...
Commercial vehicle conversions and all you need to know to make them work for your business
Because of how well vehicle conversions have developed over the course of history, building the perfect transport solution for your business could be easier than you think.
Managing and improving your fleet’s fuel economy
No matter the size or type of fleet, fuel expenses always make up a large portion of the budget. With the exorbitant fuel prices South Africa and the rest of the world are experiencing, there is no better time than the present...
UPCOMING WEBINAR :: Realise the value of industry research
Join our webinar where experts discuss how research can provide modern sales and marketing professionals a competitive edge.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: 1000 more No’s!
In this webinar, Elan proposes a different view, that “No” is good, in fact, maybe even great! You just need to know how to use it.
Business Boost :: How to accelerate your business success
Mike Anderson (NSBC) & Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) talk about success and how to define it. Mike also shares some powerful tips on what we need to do to succeed and build a powerful business by looking at what mega-entrepreneurs do differently.
Help small business South Africa today and you could WIN
Complete this snap survey and you could win a Digital ONE Marketing Campaign valued at R50,000.00
National Small Business Chamber achieves greatness in South Africa with the support of Sage
Sage provides SME organisation with a cloud accounting solution that ensures operational efficiency and financial compliance.
To lead is a choice. The 4 I’s of thriving leadership
Navigating ourselves and our businesses in an ever-changing environment with macro-economic forces at play has become a real challenge for many. Yet, for every business that reaches the end of its road that are many more businesses...
4 things entrepreneurs really need for success
If you google “The traits of successful entrepreneurs”, the usual and expected themes come up – things like passion, resilience, vision, confidence, inspiration, focus, strong leadership abilities, optimism and a willingness to fail.
Make your business bloom: 5 simple strategies for SMEs to attract more business in Spring
Historically, Spring is a busy time for small businesses, who have an unmatched opportunity to capitalise on the energy and positivity of the warmer months. This Spring will be particularly unique...
Beginner’s guide to SEM: SEO vs Search Engine Marketing
Search engine marketing is another one of those techy phrases that sounds more complicated than it really is. Well, okay, yes, there is room to make it complicated — depending on your budget...
Experian :: National Sponsors of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to Experian for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa. #SmallBizAwardsSA #LaunchMyStartUp
How business funding leads to the sustainability of SMEs
In this LIVE interactive Q&A session Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) chats to Nobesuthu Ndlovu (Director of SMEs - Old Mutual Limited) about this all-important topic.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Educating Women within the MONEY Environment
Hosted recently at the Thriving Women Entrepreneurs Summit - Jodi is a wealth advisor at Citadel and she is passionate about educating women within the money environment, empowering women to take back their wealth creation and secure their future.
Microsoft :: National Sponsors of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to Microsoft for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa. #SmallBizAwardsSA #LaunchMyStartUp
Take control of your invoicing, cashflow, payments, tax, and more.
Become a Sage customer and set your business up to fly... Sage, helping business flow. Sign up for a 3-month free trial of Sage Business Cloud Accounting.
WEBINAR :: ActionCOACH Entrepreneurship Series featuring Francois Lubbe
8 September 2022 @ 9:00 In honour of Heritage Day in September, we will be focusing on the importance of being a Proudly South African business owner and how that will aid you in building a profitable and sustainable business.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How To Overcome Adversity in Business
Hosted recently at the Thriving Women Entrepreneurs Summit - Lee-Anne Singer, Marketing Director of the Singer Group shares her personal story on how the past 3 years events has affected the business and how they prevailed in the face of adversity.
Start your own business with the right foundation in place to ensure sustainability
South Africa has been established as one of the continent’s ‘big four’ startup ecosystems, alongside Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria, according to the 2022 South African Startup Ecosystem Report.
Your business is not an ATM: 5 reasons to earn a salary as a business owner
How many business owners consider their business to be an endless fountain of money to fulfil any wish they have? If this is your idea, then it is time for the bubble to burst. or you to run a successful growing business, you need to...
Remaining resilient during these interesting times
In prepping for this blog, I asked business owners in my network what made them proud to be South African business owners. The overwhelming response was – our resilience.
My journey as a woman in tech
Woman’s Month is more than just a month of celebrating the women in our lives – our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives. It’s about appreciating everything the previous generations have accomplished, offering us the freedom to...
Negligent conduct does not automatically attract liability
Where a claimant sues for damages for a personal injury claim, the proof of negligence does not automatically attract liability on the part of the third party for the claim. The claimant is required to prove that the third party’s negligent...
Telematics and how it can save you money
The word ‘telematics’ looks and sounds more complicated than it is. In most circles, it’s simply known as fleet tracking or GPS vehicle tracking. But no matter what you call it, there can be no denying its value and usefulness.
Old Mutual's innovative and cost effective insurance for SMEs
Old Mutual For SME has launched an innovative insurance solution that empowers SMEs to protect themselves against theft, loss, or damage to business assets, which could negatively affect business continuity.
Nedbank has empowered local business Mamma Theresa's Cuisine to do big things
Nedbank Money Message is an invoice and payment solution that enables small businesses to create and send invoices, and receive payments easily and securely on WhatsApp.
Business Boost - Why you should come to The Business Show :: Africa 2022
Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) discuss Business Show :: Africa featuring a stellar line-up of industry experts as well as the celebrations for the biggest small business day of the year #absasmallbizfriday.
The Business Show :: Africa 2022 - See the full speaker line-up
Join us for Africa's leading and most successful online expo for anyone who is serious about starting out or wanting to grow a bigger and more successful business.
BITM – connecting the science of technology and cyber-security
In this interview, we find out more about Christo Coetzer (Founder and Director of BITM), his business journey and why he believes South Africa should support small business.
02 September is the biggest small business day of the year!
We invite you to join #AbsaSmallBizFriday Africa’s most powerful small business and job creation movement as we mobilise the nation to go out and support small businesses. Get involved today!
With the very odd exception, people are taking huge strain. hey’re deeply concerned, worried about the future and really struggling to get to grips with the now.
4 simple cash-flow management strategies for small businesses
Cash flow ranks high amongst the top concerns for small businesses in South Africa. And because business comes down to rands and cents, balancing the inflow of revenue with the outflow of expenses, and ensuring that your business remains...
5 reasons South Africa needs more womenpreneurs
It’s no secret that women have had to fight harder than men to become a legitimate presence in virtually every aspect of business. Thankfully, the gender gap is slowly shrinking on the corporate side, with more female executives in the workplace...
South Africa: economic insights
Metals prices have dropped considerably: Financial market participants’ readjustment to the real economy, following a period of ‘panic’ and a high level of uncertainty, notably after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
How to determine the business internet speeds you need
The market size for Internet Service Providers (ISP) in America was over $133 billion in 2022. These ISP companies provide web access to both businesses and customers. They may also offer domain registration, web hosting, and much more.
Toyota South Africa :: National Sponsors of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to Toyota South Africa for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa. #SmallBizAwardsSA #LaunchMyStartUp
UPCOMING WEBINAR :: The future landscape of Employee Benefits
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | 10:00 to 12:00 | Please join us for our second Leading Edge Insights Series Webinar, brought to you by Liberty Corporate and hosted by Business Journalist Alishia Seckam.
Profitshare Partners :: National Sponsors of Launch My Startup & the 2022 South African Small Business Awards
Congratulations to ProfitShare Partners for becoming a proud National Sponsor of two of the most powerful and meaningful initiatives in South Africa. #SmallBizAwardsSA #LaunchMyStartUp
6 steps to coaching your small business team
Have you ever thought of business as a team sport? Where you are the coach and your employees the athletes in your team? Let’s look at six steps to coaching your small business team to be the elite in your industry.
Now more than ever, cash-flow planning is king
The reason why cash-flow planning is so vital for owner-managers is because cash is such a limited resource inside a growing business. “This year”, says Jeremy Lang, Chief Investment Officer at Business Partners Limited...
Doing it all – what it took to get here! A letter to all young entrepreneurs
There’s no two ways about this. The path of an entrepreneur or business owner is not for everyone. But, if you think you have what it takes, I urge you not to let the chance pass you by.
The journey to financial freedom is a series of small steps
“It has felt like walking in the dark. I have stumbled multiple times, but I have learnt to fail forward. The best decisions I’ve made have stemmed from lessons I learnt from past mistakes.” Thandolwethu Ndlovu isn’t scared of failure.
How employee growth and development plans can help SMEs attract and retain top talent
For South Africa’s brightest youth, deciding which university to attend or where to live after completing their studies can be challenging. In the same way, choosing whether to work for a large corporate or an SME can be a difficult...
LIVE WEBINAR :: From B2B Gatekeeper to Decision-Maker
25 August 2022 10 a.m. SAST Don’t miss this chance to learn how identifying and accessing the right person can empower your sales conversations and marketing strategies
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How to create Magick in your business
Discover the mindset, mental strengths and strategies needed to grow your business in the next 12 months with Cobus Visser (\S/uperman of Africa, International Motivational Keynote Speaker).
Business Boost :: Are you ready for The Business Show :: Africa?
Starting out or wanting to grow a bigger and more successful business? Discover more about Africa's leading and most successful online expo for business owners, entrepreneurs, and aspiring small business owners here.
Put your business in the spotlight. Enter today!
Are you a small business owner or a mercurial entrepreneur in South Africa and are proud of your achievements? Why not enter the South African Small Business Awards and you could receive massive recognition for you and your business.
UPCOMING EVENT :: Register now for ecommerce LIVE
The NSBC invites you to SA's largest ecommerce event on 14 September at Sandton Convention Centre. 150 industry leaders will share insights on how to start or grow your ecommerce business. Entry is free using "NSBC" as the invite code.
The Business Show :: Africa 2022 – This is what you need for business success!
Twice a year, The Business Show: Africa elevates into a 3-day frenzy of business success webinars, incredible interactive exhibits, in-depth success insights and off-the-chart world-class networking – all in an amazing virtual environment.
Boost profits through workplace well-being
What do you look for in your employees? Would you like someone who is healthy, productive and engaged? Have you lost a lot of employees due to stress, burn out or dissatisfaction with their work environment? Then it is.....
How to write a great search ad to grow your small business
These days, most online brand experiences start with a web search. But how do you stand out to ensure that when people search for products or services like yours, they end up going to your website, and not someone else’s?
5 things to know about your small business and tax
With a bit of planning, you can avoid nasty tax surprises that may be lurking around the corner. Here are five tips to help your small business when it comes to tax planning:
Women in business: preparing the next generation – a father’s perspective
The month of August sees us celebrating Women’s Month and it is in this context that I want to provide some focus on the important role that women play in the business world and society.
A guide to choosing the right software for your small business
When it comes to digital transformation, the common narrative is that legacy technology and existing infrastructure investments prevent most businesses from taking the leap.
SA’s top 5 consumer trends and what they mean for your business
The customer of today has a number of concerns. Trust, values, and integrity issues are of the utmost significance in a world that is always evolving. But how does this affect the way they interact with your company?
Business Boost :: Mistakes, myths and some of the best advice for starting a business
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) discuss whether now is the time to start a business and how to ensure it succeeds.
UPCOMING EVENT :: The Business Show :: Africa 2022
This is what you need for business success! 31 Aug 2022 – 02 Sept 2022 Join thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs from all over South Africa for the entrepreneurial experience of the year. Register now, it’s FREE.
Will you be Access Bank’s 2022 Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton South Africa winner?
The South African programme is a women-in-business support initiative that offers the opportunity to progressive, motivated women of our country to pitch their business and stand a chance to win a financial boost.
Made by Mosaic – creating hope, one job at a time
In this interview, we find out more about Terry Niemack (Manager of Made By Mosaic), her business journey, and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
How to generate online word of mouth for your SMB
Your customers can share their opinions of your brand on their platforms which not only reach their friends but can be shared by their friends to their circle of friends. So, how do you generate beneficial word of mouth?
Time to take over
It’s time to take over. For every female entrepreneur who has had the courage to start their own business, it is time to build that confidence and ensure that your business soars to heights that can only be limited by your dreams.
Need a business plan? Start here
For your business to be a success, your passion, enthusiasm, hard work and skills should be built on a practical framework. And that’s the case whether it’s a new business or an existing one. An important part of that framework is your business plan.
Can South Africa match China’s e-commerce growth?
During the PayFast e-commerce Virtual Summit organised by the Insaka e-commerce academy, our Head of Product, David Küsel explored the main factors of why China is a leader in e-commerce and what South Africa needs...
Mental health in your business
Good mental health in SMMEs is just as important as in a large corporation. We all know healthy employees are happier ones and studies have shown that mental illness is one of the main causes of unhappiness in the workplace.
Office automation tools that will make a difference to any office
The field of automation is growing to surpass $355 billion by 2028. Using automated tools saves time and money, helps with data storage, and allows you to implement effective office workflows.
COMPETITION :: Enter the 2022 Business Plan Competition
Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs. Stand a chance of winning a cash prize and mentorship vouchers.
UPCOMING EVENT :: Thriving Women Entrepreneur Summit
Get inspired by a line-up of seven empowering and inspirational women entrepreneurs. Date: 12 August 2022 Time: 09h00 – 12h30 Venue: Zoom hosted Cost: Free REGISTER TODAY!
Business Boost :: The countdown to South Africa's biggest awards programme begins
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), talk about the build up to the South African Small Business Awards - a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional business people.
The Impressive Human Show - Featuring Ulrich van den Berg
In this episode, we spoke to Ulrich van den Berg (professional golfer, turned pro in 1999, 7-time winner of the Sunshine Tour). He has competed in the European Tour, still competes in the Sunshine Tours and is involved in the business side of golf.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Leverage eCommerce for Growth | South Africa: Economic Review & Outlook
Olebogeng Mogale (Nedbank) shares about the power of eCommerce in expanding your business and Nicola Weimar (Nedbank) gives the economic review and outlook for South Africa.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How to use news to open sales conversations
Sales and marketing experts explain how strategically filtering and automating buyer signal news alerts can help boost your business’s sales.
Summer businesses are built in winter
We’ve all heard it before: Summer bodies are built in winter. So what? What does that mean? Well simply put; if I want the fit, toned and sculpted beach body for the December holidays, I need to be putting in the extra effort, yes extra effort...
5 growth strategies for small business
Have you ever wondered how to grow your business? Do you long to be listed as a Fortune 500 company? Then implementing one of these growth strategies will help you to work your way towards your entrepreneurial goals.
Your business needs cyber security insurance, here’s why
In a world of data breaches and hacks, cyber security is important for everyone with an online presence, more so for businesses with the responsibility to protect customers. The question is: who protects the businesses?
Starting an online business? Choose your own e-commerce adventure
At times, starting an online business can feel like you’re climbing a mountain. It may be difficult, but you know it will be worthwhile when you reach the top and take in the view. Find out if you have what it takes to start your own business...
Green building: a golden opportunity for South African SMEs
Unstable power supply and the opportunity to save on utilities are just two of the reasons businesses are planning to go green, however, the core issue of a high-cost outlay on these ventures remains.
AI: the basics to boost your business
If you use Facebook or YouTube and have seen adverts from web pages you have recently looked at then you have had an experience with artificial intelligence (AI). Slowly, AI is being adopted into our lives and if we want to survive as a business...
6 challenges women face in business
The number of women entrepreneurs is on the rise. Many of these women are struggling to survive in the business environment given the unique challenges they face. In my experience as a business coach, many women-owned businesses...
Big3 Evolution - sharing their knowledge and experience with the wider community
In this interview we find out more about Kotie Nigrini & Yvette Cronjé (Co-founders of Big3 Evolution), their business journey and why they believe South Africa should support small business.
The Impressive Human Show featuring Mark Robinson
In this episode, we spoke to Mark Robinson (wrestler, weightlifter, cage fighter, Sumo wrestler and Strong Man). He has competed and won world titles in many disciplines, is now an excellent instructor and runs his own gym.
Business Boost :: Give your startup a fighting chance
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), look how if you're struggling to get ahead, a change to your mindset can make all the difference.
How to give your startup a fighting chance
Imagine putting everything you have – your hopes, dreams and finances into starting your own business, only to watch it crash and burn. The fear of failure is at the very top above anything else.
4 pitfalls in business communication
As we get more and more channels to communicate on; there are more and more ways of being misunderstood. How can you avoid the pitfalls in business communication?
Is SA’s proposed Rapid Payments Programme good news?
South Africa’s Rapid Payments Programme (RPP) is an industry-wide collaboration intended to create a simpler, safer, and less-expensive instant payment environment for all South Africans.
Why you should add Nagging Panda to your tech stack
You might be thinking you don’t want a tech stack or that you don’t even know what a tech stack is, but if you’re using cloud accounting, a virtual meeting platform like Zoom or Teams, and possibly online storage like Dropbox or Google Drive...
The ultimate guide to invoicing
Cash is the lifeblood of any business; you simply cannot survive without it. Being paid what you are owed is important, but being paid on time is critical to avoid ending up in a dangerous cash flow position.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Ecommerce Unpacked! with Aramex
In this webinar Noel Ross-Gillespie (Aramex) helps small businesses understand the delivery side of eCommerce and unpacks both terminology and concepts that will help you take your eCommerce business to new heights.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: The Modern Workplace for Small Business
Find out how to work securely from anywhere at anytime, get closer to your customers, optimise working in this new hybrid environment.
9TX Media – supporting the dreams of other businesses
In this interview we find out more about Kutlwano Rose Whitney Malete (Founder of 9TX Media and Head of Digital & Design), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
Business Boost :: Why you aren't getting ahead
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), look at how, if you’re struggling to get ahead, a change to your mindset can make all the difference.
This is why you’re not getting ahead
If you are not getting ahead, you need to change your mindset. The right mindset is success. In your mind are the beliefs and tools you use to get what you want.
4 common business crises – how to prepare for them
When we start our businesses, very few people want to focus on the worst-case scenarios. They only dream about the good things they can do and achieve with their new business. But by not preparing for some of the most common business crises...
5 ways to set up a successful succession plan
There are thousands of business leaders in the working world today, each wanting desperately to create and build a lasting “legacy,” but very few are remembered after their last day on the job.
Understanding the importance of data storage
In the age of digital information, businesses use data storage solutions to thrive. It lessens website traffic, ensuring both employees and customers experience enhanced transactions.
4 tips for managing a multigenerational team
With this diversity in ages, how do you manage the needs of each generation and create a prosperous work environment for everyone? But before we dive into the tips, let’s look at the different generations that are currently in the workforce.
Business rescue and the practitioners tasked with managing it
Business rescue or corporate rescue refers to the restructuring or reorganization of a corporate entity. It is aimed at moving away from the culture of liquidation, and rather focusing on getting “financially distressed” entities back on their feet.
Disability sales rebate: what is it and how can Volkswagen South Africa help?
Getting a disability rebate is a useful way to ease the costs of adding adaptations to a vehicle. Volkswagen South Africa engages with opportunities to make independence, interdependence, and mobility more accessible...
Absolute Credit Control Services – contributing positively to the success of businesses
In this interview we find out more about Ansie Fourie (Owner & Director of Absolute Credit Control Services), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
3 types of legacies entrepreneurs can build
Leaving a legacy means living a legacy. The day-to-day actions of you and your business will be the bricks on which the legacy is built. It starts with a long-term mindset
5 helpful marketing tools for startups
Here are five helpful marketing tools that will make it easier to get the word out about your brand – regularly, affordably, and creatively.
How to recuperate after a business crisis
Encountering a business crisis is inevitable if you run a business, but how you recuperate from it can either mean a business that continues to grow or one that is heading for bankruptcy.
5 strategies that can help SMEs shift their mindset towards tech adoption
We discovered small businesses have a set of deeply ingrained beliefs about technology that influence their decision-making. We’ve identified five strategies that can help businesses shift their mindset towards technology adoption.
How the right technology can help empower SMEs in a hybrid environment
The right technology provides not just productivity, but personal connectivity. Video conferencing tools and collaboration platforms have played a critical role in maintaining visibility among colleagues and keeping employees efficient
CIPC enhances systems to further reduce red tape
The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is making efforts to reduce the regulatory burden by easing and simplifying the way our customers transact, thus, enabling our customers to focus on growing their businesses.
4 simple ways to optimise your recruitment efforts
With a dynamic, attractive and stimulating representation of your SME and the vacant position, you will be able to stand out from your competitors – even the big corporates – and attract the very best candidates.
Fleet tracking made easy: a boost for small business safety and efficiency
Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron, has applied its experience with large fleets to launch Netstar Fleet Tracker, which makes it simple for small business owners to track their drivers affordably, and to save on fuel.
WEBINAR :: Live your legacy through your business
14 July 2022 @ 09h00 – 10h30 Join Lindie Malan for the next instalment of the ActionCOACH Entrepreneurship Series.
G3G – helping businesses grow beyond today
In this interview we find out more about Ian Theron (Head SME Unit Africa of G3G), his business journey and why he believes South Africa should support small business.
WEBINAR :: Where to invest next - refocussing on growth in 2022
Wednesday, 06 July 2022 The first in the Leading Edge Insights Series, brought to you by Liberty Corporate and hosted by Alishia Sekham, created to help you retain top talent, improve productivity & create long-term impact in your business today.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Build a Target List - The Power of List Building in Sales Prospecting
Maximize your prospecting efforts and find viable, valuable business leads. Transunion and D&B Hoovers explore the power of focused B2B research for more effective sales and marketing.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How to Become Financially Fit - What credit providers are looking for
In this power-packed Q&A you will discover what lenders look for on your credit report and how you can get the funds you need when you need it for your business.
Teams Phone helps African businesses stay more connected
Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a Pan-African technology group, has the simple yet powerful belief that everyone in Africa should have the opportunity to be connected.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Reigniting the spirit of entrepreneurship in the youth of South Africa
n this live Q&A, Mike Anderson (NSBC), Nompumelelo Mkhwanazi (The Success of Business Solution) & Anastasia Goodman (Absa) discuss ways to inspire and mobilise the youth to start and grow their own businesses.
Yess Business Basics - Free of charge to students aged 12-22
To celebrate Youth Month, Join the YESS (Young Entrepreneur Smart Start) Programme - a free online course aimed at introducing the youth to business skills and education.
Why can’t entrepreneurs celebrate?!
It is however the nature of the entrepreneur to always be thinking what’s next and therefore almost rushing over success in the pursuit of the next chase. So here are a few things that can help you.
Hustle hard, but find your balance
It starts with the little things – in and outside of work. Things like exercising and eating healthier, learning and practicing turning your ‘work-brain’ off and spending more ‘you’ time away from work.
The 4 pillars of a thriving business
Is your business thriving or do you need to resuscitate it? Let us take a look at four pillars with Elan Lea from Techzoo corporation that can help you build a thriving business.
4 ways to increase your profit by 46%
During a power-packed Q&A session, Mike Anderson interviewed Shirley Pearson about what it takes to boost profits and how business owners can zero in on what they need to do now to make this happen.
To turn your camera on or not to turn your camera on?
Don’t assume you will not be asked to turn your camera on during a virtual meeting. You should always be prepared to appear professional even if you’re not conducting an in-person meeting.
Daisy Business Solutions, South Africa’s office automation group is now officially part of the NSBC network
Daisy Business Solutions is proud to announce an integration partnership with the NSBC, Africa’s leading SME organisation.
Hacking is on the rise and the biggest security risk is: you
Sophisticated cybercrimes are rapidly increasing and will become the biggest threat yet. The question is, are you informed? And more importantly, is your family and business protected?
Google launches new initiatives to support small retail businesses in Africa
As part of a month-long commemoration of International Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Businesses Day in June, Google has announced new initiatives to support small retail businesses in Africa.
Langa Lahko – understanding the importance of nature
In this interview we find out more about Wendy Radebe de Kock (Owner/Founder of Langa Lahko), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
WEBINAR :: Live your legacy through your business
Join ActionCOACH, for the next instalment of the Entrepreneurship Webinar Series featuring Lindie Malan on 14 July 2022 from 09h00 - 10h30.
EVENT :: Township SMME Development Hackathon
The Microsoft SA, SAtion and Empire Partner Foundation Hackathon - aimed at improving business information accessibility for township SMMEs - takes place from 24 - 26 June in Illovo at the Empire Partner Foundation Tech Hub.
Business Boost :: Stop thinking like a salesperson and think like a doctor
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Henceford Khoza (Mix 93.8 FM), look at how thinking like a doctor can increase your sales. They also look at powerful tips on how to become a top deal maker.
How to win by thinking like a doctor
Poor and average salespeople, on the other hand, jump into pitching their solution before the prospect talks about their pain points. Let’s take a look at eight powerful tips adopted by the world’s top rainmakers:
Overtime, commission, and bonuses: what you need to know
Setting up a payroll structure is a critical component of the payroll function to ensure that your employees are paid the correct salary in addition to overtime, commissions, and bonuses.
Bidding for success: New ways to find your most valuable customers
When everyone is doing the same thing, it’s difficult to stand out. But the latest generation of Google campaign tools can help you find and reach your most valuable customers.
Nagging Panda: New start-up gets your invoices settled
If anyone understands the constrictions and damage late payments have on small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and corporates alike; it’s serial entrepreneur and TechZoo Corporation chief executive, Elan Lea.
Ten hustle marketing strategies for small business owners going it alone
Being a small business owner is tough! We know it. That’s why we’ve made your life a little easier by giving you ten marketing strategies that can help you as a small business owner, and some tactics to go along with them.
Understanding the world of office automation
Office Automation (OA) is a general term that refers to the various computer systems and software used to produce, store, alter and communicate office information. OA enables these processes to occur digitally and without human intervention.
7 key customer buying signals for SMEs
Being able to clearly identify a buying signal and acting upon it is the way to make more sales but it takes time and effort to notice them online and in one-on-one conversations. Here are seven key customer buying signals to look out for.
How vehicle telematics is changing the future of business
Smart money is on using technology to redefine the future of mobility, writes JW Oberholzer, Senior Manager for Commercial Sales at Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron.
Nash & Co Inc – combining trusted experience with modern flexibility
In this interview we find out more about Dianne Louisa Nash (Director of Nash & Co Inc), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
WEBINAR: Reigniting the spirit of entrepreneurship in the youth of South Africa
In this live Q&A, Mike Anderson (NSBC), Nompumelelo Mkhwanazi (The Success of Business Solution) & Anastasia Goodman (Absa) discuss ways to inspire and mobilise the youth to start & grow their own businesses.
Join Old Mututal's SMEgo Beta Testing Group and you could win 1 of 20 Takealot vouchers worth R500
Old Mutual has created SMEgo - a digital solution offering a single platform to help you run and grow your business wherever you are, available 24/7. Help them test an early version of the App and Web solution and you could WIN.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: The 4 pillars of a thriving business
Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) interviews Elan Lea from TechZoo Corporation in this inspirational webinar.
Business Boost :: Ways to get the best out of your employees
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), speak about how the most important asset for any business are the people in it.
4 alternative ways to secure small business funding
If you can’t get a loan, don’t have any savings, aren’t related to anyone wealthy (and generous) and don’t have a business network, how do you get the start-up funding you need to get your business off the ground?
5 ways to avoid bad hires
It is crucial, especially for small businesses, to make sure the hire is a great fit for your business from the start but how do you avoid bad hires? Let’s look at five ways.
COVID-19 facts as we enter the fifth wave
As the fifth wave of COVID-19 spreads, South Africa is seeing an increase in positive cases. Just as the Delta and Omicron variants became part of our daily vocabulary, the new Pi strain will too.
The role of modern telematics and data-driven technologies in businesses
Mike Anderson and Francois Stols got together to discuss the role of modern telematics and data-driven technologies to make businesses more efficient, safer and greener.
4 benefits of buying local
What are the benefits of supporting local businesses rather than global brands? Let’s look at four benefits of buying locally.
The power of list building in sales prospecting
How and why to build a targeted list of companies using sophisticated, strategic search and segmentation filters.
Startwise – knowledge sharing and business networking through cutting edge technology
In this interview we find out more about Velly Bosega (Internet entrepreneur and founder of Startwise), his business journey and why he believes South Africa should support small business.
EVENT :: Google Shopping Small Business Summit
You are invited to the Google Shopping Small Business Summit taking place on 21 June 2022. This event will touch on e-commerce trends in Africa and explore how Google is supporting small businesses in their online growth.
How young people can start a business and become an entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship is hard, but it’s also noble. Not only do you crack a chance at making some good money, but you can also bring others with you along your journey. Make no mistake: the road is difficult, and filled with potholes.
Entries are open for the 2022 Santam Women of the Future Awards
Santam, together with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE, are searching for South Africa’s most enterprising women. Entries close on 20 June 2022.
WEBINAR :: Learn how to effectively target lists and reach decision-makers
23 June 2022 @ 10:00 Maximize your prospecting efforts and find viable, valuable business leads. Transunion and D&B Hoovers explore the power of focused B2B research for more effective sales and marketing.
Digital Flyer – expanding digital footprints and reaching communities
In this interview we find out more about Dewald Rosema (Owner/Founder of Digital Flyer), his business journey and why he believes South Africa should support small business.
Business Boost :: Ways to get the best out of your employees
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), speak about how the most important asset for any business, are the people in it.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Sales Indaba - 5 ways to increase your profit by 46%
In this power-packed session, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) interviews Shirley Pearson (ActionCOACH Business & Executive Coach) about what it takes to boost profit.
Nedbank wins award for being the best bank for small and medium enterprises in South Africa
Nedbank has been recognised as the Best SME Bank in South Africa at the Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services International Awards 2022.
7 ways to make your small business easy to buy from
Whether online or in brick-and-mortar stores, seeing an abandoned shopping basket is devastating. But how can you make it easier for customers to buy from you? Let’s look at seven ways to make buying from your small business easy.
38 Free and paid marketing tools for small businesses
Grow your small (or large) business with the help of these tools. As a startup, small-, or even medium-sized business, you want to grow and scale your business effectively, whilst being aware of costs.
5 traits needed for successful entrepreneurs
As a country, we urgently need to address these mistaken attitudes and work to instil more confidence in our youth if we are to achieve a thriving, job-creating economy. In keeping with this, here are the five traits needed...
TechZoo Corporation launches Nagging Panda to help businesses deal with late payers
TechZoo Corporation and serial entrepreneur Elan Lea launches Nagging Panda as a solution business owners and financial managers didn’t know they needed but won’t be able to live without.
How to build employer-employee relationships in the digital world
Though in-person contact is the best way to build relationships, there are many ways that you can continue to build relationships in the digital world.
Have a side hustle? This tax hack could help you recover losses
More and more South Africans from all tax brackets are supplementing their primary income streams with so-called ‘side hustles’ or, as I prefer to call them, ‘part-time businesses’.
Youth is where the heart is
Youth. How is the word and concept of youth defined? I loved the United Nations definition: Youth is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence.
UPCOMING EVENT :: ActionCOACH Entrepreneurship Series
Thursday, 09 June 2022 @ 9:00 Join ActionCOACH Trevor Clark as he highlights the importance of our Youth getting business experience.
SPECIAL OFFER :: Microsoft 365 Solutions
The hybrid working model has been crucial for the survival of SMEs but with it has come some new cyber security sets. Mitigate these threats today by strengthening your organization’s security framework with Microsoft 365 solutions.
VIDEO: How compliant and secure is your SME’s data?
Join Jonathan Tullet (Research Manager IDC Sub-Saharan Africa) and Jaco Stoltz (CEO Startegix) as they discuss one of the top concerns for SMEs in South Africa. They talk broadly about data compliance and security.
How to boost sales with intent monitoring
Are you tired of cold calling clients hoping they are in the market to buy? Then you are in the right space. Intent monitoring is another tool to add to your marketing toolbox so that you can potentially make more successful conversions.
Small Business Detox: 6 behaviours to stop today
Do your staff often call in sick or stay off work regularly? Do you have a high turnover of staff members? Then it is time to examine the behaviours in your business because it may be a toxic environment.
Cybercrime is on the rise – is your business adequately protected?
The need for a digital evolution has become vital for all businesses. Many businesses in South Africa are not adequately protected against cybercrime, mainly due to a lack of information or the belief that “it won’t happen to me”.
Small businesses set to fuel South African economy with ambitious growth plans
Despite the challenges of operating through a pandemic, 87% of South African small businesses are optimistic about their outlook for 2022 and nearly two-thirds (62%) reported growth over the last year.
Digital economy for African SMEs
The growth of the digital economy has made it possible for people to participate in local and global economies but how can the digital economy help strengthen African SMEs?
What Google is doing to help brands build resilience and drive results
Join us at Google Marketing Live (GML) on demand for a keynote presentation, where we’ll announce new product innovations and share plans to help you prepare for the future of marketing
How to read and understand your medical aid to avoid paying for benefits you will never use
Medical schemes help us finance life’s curveballs when we can’t do it alone. It’s advisable to evaluate your medical aid coverage each year to make sure you have adequate cover for your needs or for any changes in your health.
Smart Fogging Solutions - a mom's vision for change
In this interview we find out more about Sandra Kathleen Venter (Owner/Founder of Smart Fogging Solutions), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
B Doyle and Associates Group - bringing four decades of proven industry expertise and reliable service
In this interview we find out more about Lynn Templeton (Managing Member of B Doyle and Associates Group), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: Streamline your business with the right technology - Exploring Microsoft Dynamics 365
Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) chats to entrepreneur and technology expert, Donovan Manuel (CEO - Link-Up ICT), about his business and what attracted him to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central as well as the importance of cyber security.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: The 4 "I's" of Leadership with Lindie Malan (ActionCOACH)
In this webinar Lindie explores the 4 "I"s of leadership, being: Intentional, Inspirational, Influential and Impactful.
Business Boost :: How a "failure-is-not-an-option" mindset can help you overcome adversity
In this interview, the "failure is not an option" mindset is discussed, the importance of having the right mental state (when times get tough in life and business) is highlighted and practical tips are provided as to how to achieve this.
Learn to dream
The issue is that you learn what you want, and – more importantly – what you don’t want, as you navigate the journey of life. The starting point for me is actually learning to dream.
How to convert with conversation commerce
Let’s take a closer look at conversation commerce. In this type of commerce, we are looking at the digital process of buying an item. We look at how we can use messaging to make the online shopping experience more personal, enjoyable, and easier.
Tips to help get your small business funded in South Africa
Every SME looking for funding can learn a lesson from this: make sure what you present to the outside world, even in your personal capacity, is legit, and that you look, or more importantly, are credible to the highest degree.
Hire young workers and give your business a boost with the Employment Tax Incentive
The ETI is a widely beneficial tax benefit: employers are rewarded for hiring young people, and young people gain valuable work skills and experience. As a result, the private sector grows, and the economy strengthens.
Fixed-term contract employee or full-time employee: which is it?
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty in most instances, like when to appoint someone as a part-time employee or full-time employee. As the economy is hankering toward the “normal”, employers may be sceptical about appointing...
Reap the benefits of cashless transactions
South Africa is already a cash-heavy economy as it is and this reliance on cash is financially and socially costly for the economy. This cost alone is estimated at approximately R88 billion per year.
Get your business into the cloud
Let’s take a look at what is the cloud?, how will your small business benefit from the cloud? And how can you migrate to the cloud?
Top companies share how Dynamics 365 and Teams empower employees to collaborate like never before
Leaders in their industries—insurance and legendary music brands—shared how Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams are helping them bring people, information, and processes together...
Business Boost :: Are you playing it safe? Why taking risks is so important to success.
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), speak about how taking risks is an essential part of achieving success in business and life.
ONLINE COURSE: Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses: Essential Training
Discover this new course presented on LinkedIn Learning by Kristin Judge and brought to you by Microsoft.
13 ways to keep your business youthful
You’ve spent years building a business, now it’s time to monetise. But you’re not sure how to get your business to the next stage, maybe give it a fresh look or bring some youthfulness into the mix?
How to be a resilient business in SA during times of uncertainty
Businesses of all sizes have had to learn how to adapt and become resilient – in a very short amount of time. With the challenges posed by the pandemic, the ongoing load shedding struggles thanks to Eskom and...
Advice on navigating the new world of work from ProTalent’s Cindy Norcott
We also hear of careers becoming redundant within a few years as artificial intelligence takes over and singularity becomes the norm. Does this mark the end for the employee in South Africa?
How to keep track of small business financial transactions
You can easily manage all of your company’s financial transactions with a bit of planning and organisation. The following are the three major types of transactions that you must be aware of and keep records for:
Business ecosystems 101: creating fertile soil for business growth
Developing fertile environments within business industries is crucial for the growth of the economy as well as building up communities to become thriving places for commerce. But what does it take to build a business ecosystem?
Just like that? The voetstoots clause
In the normal course of operations, it will often be necessary for small businesses to purchase second-hand goods from local suppliers. In most cases, a voetstoots clause will affect the transaction.
How small businesses can navigate risk in a post-pandemic world
There is a cascade of complex new risks that entrepreneurs must contend with if they wish to successfully steer their business into the future. Here are some tips to help entrepreneurs navigate this new world.
WEBINAR REPLAY :: How #AbsaSmallBizFriday can help your business get ahead
In this Q&A, you will discover more about this incredible nation-building initiative, get tips and insights from a successful small business owner, and learn how to maximise this opportunity to grow your business.
Business Boost :: How to achieve greater happiness and life success
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), speak about the role happiness plays in achieving success. They also look at "Happiness Factor" and share key tips and insights on how to live a happier life.
Business in a digital economy: Love Jacaranda
Mike Anderson (NSBC founder & CEO) and Christina Close (Love Jacaranda co-founder) discuss how to build a business during the boom of the digital economy and how to continue to make it successful.
6 steps to building your business with video marketing
According to Wyzowl’s the state of video marketing 2021 report, 94% of marketers say video has helped them increase their understanding of a product or service. 86% of say video has helped them generate leads...
Are end-to-end business solutions too complex and expensive for SMEs?
Many small and medium businesses (SMEs) still use a combination of standalone, on-premises business solutions for accounting, payroll and human resources (HR). Although these systems have served them well for many years...
The importance of a name
If indeed a brand is the single most important investment of a business, it isn’t surprising that the name (brand) of a medical scheme bears significant importance. Not only to the medical scheme and its members, but also to the public at large.
Ten tips for flu and COVID-19 vaccines
The seasons are changing and winter is on its way, which heralds the start of the ‘flu season’. We chat to Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, Head of Operations at Bonitas Medical Fund on why a flu vaccine is recommended...
A guide to accessing funds that can help your small business
It takes money to run a business and there is a need for assisting and guiding SME owners to secure more funding, particularly given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years.
How does Cindy Norcott do it?
How Does She Do It? is Cindy Norcott’s second instalment in her writing career, after her first book, How To Be Unstoppable reached best-selling acclaim.
Pinnacle Consulting - born from a passion to uplift and change the lives of others
In this interview we find out more about Wayden Barnes and Yeshika Peruman (Owners / Directors of Pinnacle Consulting), their business journey and why they believe South Africa should support small business.
Team meetings will buy your freedom
One of the most valuable systems you can implement in an organisation is a steady rhythm. This creates the pulse that your team works to, which in turn creates the steady pulse your organisation needs to thrive. How do you create this?
5 factors to consider before starting a business
There are many factors to consider before starting your business such as what product or service to launch and whether there is a market for it. You will also have to decide how you will fund your new venture...
How to generate online word of mouth for your SME
Word-of-mouth advertising is an age-old marketing strategy. But with the advent of the internet and social media networks, this conversation has become more public then in the past.
Learn about invoice finance with Capitalise
Invoice finance is a funding solution that can help you release cash from your outstanding invoices to ensure you have enough money in the business to pay your suppliers and continue growing.
How to survive as a local business during the times of load shedding
Load shedding is currently a frustrating factor of everyday life in South Africa. Here are seven strategies to help your business survive and thrive through days filled with power outages and uncertainty.
Can you commission documents virtually?
Not all day-to-day transactions are the same. In certain instances, physical engagement is a strict requirement. Commissioning of documents is a prime example, as it requires that all deponents are to appear in person...
The importance of partnerships
A strategic partnership is one of the ways that small business owners can expand their business and increase revenue without incurring drastic costs or necessarily increasing staff.
Adbot – empowers small- and medium-size businesses to effectively advertise
In this #AbsaSmallBizFriday interview, we find out more about Michelle Geere (CEO of Adbot), her business journey, and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
Common FAQ's regarding Start-up's
In this guide, find out answers to common frequently asked questions regarding start-ups.
FREE GUIDE :: Work fewer hours, increase productivity and profits
Knowing how to spend time is a skill more valuable than knowing how to make, manage, invest, and spend money. Get this free guide from ActionCOACH.
Business Boost :: Why small business owners should stop discounting their prices
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM), speak about how small businesses are often requested to discount their prices, the effect this has on the business, and why you should stand firm on your pricing.
Is there a work-life balance?
I am hectic. I am stressed. I am tired. I am exhausted. These are phrases we often repeat to ourselves as we hunt for the enigma of work-life balance. Very few people do balance well and that’s OK.
5 key concepts to remember when insuring your SME
As with insurance – and all things in life – honesty is always the best policy. And, when it comes to insurance – both business and personal – five concepts are key
How discounting can harm a business
Some salespeople have a tendency to think that giving a discount is the easiest, and quickest way to make a sale. Of course, they may be right, but what about the profit they are giving away?
All about COVID-19 vaccination boosters
Depending on which vaccine you received, you will either have had one or two initial vaccines doses and then, between two and six months afterwards are eligible for a booster.
How you can improve workplace health and wellness
Employee wellness is an important priority as a business owner. This article takes you through ways to improve the health and wellness of your workplace and your staff.
Imagin8 - Dream big, exceed those dreams, and dream even bigger
In this interview, we find out more about Adam Rabinowitz (owner, founder, and Chief Imaginator of Imagin8) his business journey and why he believes South Africa should support small business.
FREE GUIDE :: 2022 Talent Outlook - Trends & Uncertainties: A local perspective
In this guide you'll find out more about: hiring outlook, hybrid working; flexibility culture; diversity & inclusion and wellbeing.
3 ways to meet new hybrid expectations with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365
Discover new product innovations, from Microsoft, designed to help make hybrid work work.
ONLINE COURSE: Finance Essentials for Small Business
Manage your small business successfully with these finance essentials from accounting professors Jim and Kay Stice brought to you by Microsoft and hosted on LinkedIn Learning.
What is Nedbank Money Message?
Create and send invoices to your customers and receive payments into any bank account of your choice via WhatsApp. You don’t even need to be a Nedbank client to use Nedbank Money Message.
PODCAST :: The Business of Small Business
Discover more about "Building financially strong businesses, developing business solutions and supporting each other" with Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Telkom Business.
Launch My Startup: It's time to get your business off the ground
Want to be selected to get your FREE CIPC Company Registration and lifetime NSBC Membership?
REPLAY :: Love Jacaranda: Business in a digital economy
Join the NSBC and Vodacom Business for the latest instalment of the Fast Forward Series: Season 3 featuring Christina Close, Co-Founder Love Jacaranda - a successful online South African business.
How to minimize your credit risk when extending trade credit terms
Join Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Mandy Pretorius (Experian Head of Product) as they discuss how to minimize your own credit risk / What to look for when extending trade credit terms?
Anyone can sell
If you are in business, you must sell. If you don’t like selling, then you should get out of business. No matter what level of the organization you are in, you are the chief rainmaker. You need to do marketing and selling.
The Business of Small Business: Building financially strong businesses, developing business solutions and supporting each other
Telkom Business will be looking at the different environments that small businesses find themselves operating in, what possible solutions exist for them and also how the public and private sectors can lend their support.
How to become financially fit – Experian’s United for Financial Health drive
How to become Financially Fit” and how Experian aims to help individuals and small businesses to recover from the past few years. Let’s see what they had to say.
Common FAQs regarding startups
Many startups have questions about how to run a business. Let’s look at six common frequently asked questions about startups when they consider shares and taxes.
Fact: No matter the size of your business, you need insurance
If the past two years have shown South African companies anything, it’s that no business can afford to be without insurance. Whether you’re a growing SMME or still starting up out of your garage, insurance is critical.
Crafting a successful business that buys you freedom
Money is a key resource required to invest in the business’s growth and once that has been achieved it will allow you to buy time and freedom. You can’t buy time and freedom at the exclusion of having a business that first generates strong cashflows
COVID-19: how and when might it all end?
COVID-19 has disrupted the world in so many ways, including the uncertainty of what the future holds. The Bonitas Medical Fund clinical and actuarial teams unpack some of the pandemic versus endemic terminology and offer scenarios for the future.
#AbsaSmallBusinessFriday business of the week :: Job Crystal
In this interview, we find out more about Kelly Louw (COO of Job Crystal), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
Launch My Startup - Sponsoring 1000 new startups
Join Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) and Damian Schmidt (Mix 93.8 FM) as they talk about the Launch My Startup initiative. Discover how you can be one of 1000 new startups who will be sponsored.
REPLAY :: Growth of the hybrid workplace: Technology driving SMMEs of the future
In this power-packed LIVE Q&A, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) chats to Thibault Dousson (General Manager of Lenovo Southern Africa).
UPCOMING EVENT :: ActionCOACH Entrepreneurship Series : Learn how to gain freedom in your business
14 April 2022 09:00 AM - This Freedom Month, join ActionCOACH Thabo Pitse as he discusses how your business should be a vehicle to support the life you want. If your business isn't giving you that FREEDOM make sure to join this.
REPLAY :: How to Become Financially Fit: Experian's "United for Financial Health" drive
In this interview, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) chats to Ferdie Pieterse (Experian Africa CEO) about Experian's "United for Financial Health" drive and why it's so important that businesses get financially fit and credit savvy.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Empower Process
7 steps to help SMB leaders select the right business management solution
How do you establish your brand in Africa?
In a recent webinar at The Business Show :: Africa 2022, Mzamo Masito (Chief Marketing Officer for Google Africa), gave us some tips and tools to work on building a sustainable and successful brand.
Your SME, load shedding and insurance: what you need to know
Load shedding can make it tricky for many SMEs to keep their lights on and doors open. And, apart from its impact on your operations, load shedding comes with insurance considerations too.
Absa launches campaign to support small businesses
In a move aimed at supporting, growing and rewarding small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Absa has launched the Absa Small Business Friday campaign. The initiative comes at a time when SMEs are slowly finding their feet...
Right price: A path to running a profitable business
There are several methodologies you can use to set the prices for the products and services you sell. Many businesses take the easy way out by simply adding a markup to their costs and changing the price each time their expenses increase.
SMEs are key to driving e-commerce success in South Africa
The mere act of using your phone or computer to order things that you need, which then show up at your door within hours still seems quite magical. Add to this that those few clicks could boost South Africa’s economic recovery.
Unauthorised use of company property for private use, dismissible or not?
Using company property by an employee is a direct result of the existence of an employment relationship. Company property should therefore be used for work-related purposes only.
Demystifying small business funding
For small business owners and entrepreneurs, there has never been a time when a thorough awareness and knowledge of the different financing options available to them has been so vital.
#AbsaSmallBusinessFriday business of the week :: Love Jacaranda
In this interview, we find out more about Christina Close (Co-Founder of Love Jacaranda), her business journey and why she believes South Africa should support small business.
WEBINAR :: Data protection and security, what businesses need to know
6 & 26 April at 11:00 CAT - Data protection and security, what businesses need to know, our industry experts will discuss the importance of data protection, POPIA vs GDPR, risks and costs of data breaches and more.