NEWS: SA’s emerging companies face multiple challenges

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A report by PwC reveals the challenges some emerging and small enterprises face. Among these are limited market access, funding and skills shortages.

OPINION: Entrepreneurship is not about age

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There is no ideal “age” to start a business, because entrepreneurship is all about business savvy, says Sanjeev Orie of FNB. basic business principles apply, for both young and mature entrepreneurs.

ENTREPRENEUR: 13 Things I wish I’d known before starting up

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Getting a start-up off the ground can be very challenging. That’s why receiving words of wisdom from those who have walked the journey before you is essential in ensuring you don’t repeat their mistakes. Director of OPEN, Westleigh Wilkinson, shares things he wishes he would have known before launching into entrepreneurship.

BUSINESS: SMEs seek mutual relationship with government

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Government could play a bigger role to improve the success of SMEs. Working closely along SMEs, government can have a better understanding of the direct implications of policies on business owners.

ENTREPRENEUR: Raising entrepreneurial kids

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Parents should be exposing their children to the world of entrepreneurship. Fostering entrepreneurial values early on can help solve national problems linked to youth unemployment.

ENTREPRENEUR: Don’t write the business plan, do it!

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Most funders want a business plan from an entrepreneur before committing to investing. Andile Khumalo thinks this process may need some revision.

INSIGHT: How Collateralised Trade Finance can help

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Collateralised Trade Finance is pivotal for South’s Africa’s economic growth prospects, by offering solutions to counter possible financial constraints.

ENTREPRENEUR: Millennials forge path to entrepreneurship

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Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are defying the odds of youth unemployment and are taking on entrepreneurship to create jobs.

ENTREPRENEUR: Last chance to enter competition

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Entrepreneurs should take their rightful place as pillars of strength in communities and the economy. There’s a chance for them to win prizes, mentorship and media exposure by entering the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Entries close on 16 June 2015.

INSIGHT: Local franchise sector to continue boom in 2015

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The flourishing franchise sector is set to continue making a major contribution to the economy in 2015. The franchise sector is critical for economic growth and job creation.