Teenage girls win national entrepreneurship competition

Erin Fredericks (14) and Morgan Pelser (15) walked away with the winning trophy in the national SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) competition that took place in Bloemfontein. These two teenagers presented an innovative business plan to no less than eight judges from different industries and backgrounds from around the country. According to SAGE CEO Dr Thabo Pitse the programme, an initiative of the California State University, has three main aims. Firstly they educate teenagers who participate in the programme about business.  “They follow a strict curriculum and…

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Be security conscious and keep yourself and your family safe

Constant caution can keep you and your family safe and may prevent dangerous situations. Managing Director of Bloemsec, Stephan Meyer, offers these following general safety tips. 1. You are exposed when you are leaving or arriving at your home. Always take a minute and become aware of the surroundings. If you see something or someone suspicious, drive away and call your security company for an escort. Don’t go and investigate – trust the professionals. 2. When you are at home, keep your doors and security gates locked. Don’t be obsessive,…

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Save yourself from the Disaster of Distraction

It doesn’t matter who you are or what your position is at work, we’re all subject to a constant flow of potential distractions while we’re working.  Some may be short, and some we seemingly wake up from and ask, “Where did the day go!”  The problem is we all have a finite amount of time each day to accomplish what really matters.  If you’re a small business owner then your time is precious and the little distractions in your day can end up having a huge impact on your income,…

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6 Keys to Improving Cash Flow

Cash flow improvement has been made a mystery over time, and has become elusive for many business owners. However, there are just 6 Keys to improving your cash flow in any business. This means you only need to focus on 6 areas of your business to make a massive improvement. So what are these 6 keys to success: improving cash flow? Area 1 – Revenue Improvement The first step in improving cash flow is revenue improvement via a price increase or an average value of sale increase. NOT volume of…

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Sisters taking the world of business by storm

You might be excused for confusing Berné and Simoné Theron for fashion models. With their high cheekbones and pearly white smiles it looks like they just walked off the pages of a fashion magazine. But these two ladies are much more than just beauty. They are the brains behind Theron & Theron Designs, the manufacturers of beautiful handmade leather handbags and fashion accessories that have everyone talking. Growing up in Kempton Park on the East Rand, Berné (24) and Simoné (26) dreamt of one day owning a business together. After…

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Why you should seriously consider business coaching this year

Diederik van Niekerk

Diederik van Niekerk has years of business experience, both in local and international markets. In 2014 he qualified as a Business Coach with ActionCOACH and since then he has had great success stories in the central region. Woman and Business interviewed the coach to find out: What is business coaching all about, and should we consider? Why does every Businesswoman need a business coach? Coaching by definition means to help someone achieve a desired result. Just like any top athlete never stops using a coach, no business owner should be…

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The benefits of learning in business

There is a well-known saying that goes ‘you are never too old to learn’, and that rings nowhere truer than in the business world. The business world is a fast-paced environment where the goal posts are constantly shifted and things can change overnight. Business men and women who are willing to learn and are constantly looking for opportunities to improve their knowledge and hone their business skills, are automatically better equipped to adapt to the changing environments. Of course MBA’s and other tertiary degrees and diplomas are wonderful ways to…

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5 TIPS TO PREVENT A ROBBERY AT YOUR BUSINESS

Bloemsec MD, Stephan Meyer, explains that companies are usually susceptible to robbery at opening and closing times. There is a way to help keep your staff safe and prevent being targeted. He offers the following security advice. 1. Stay alert while opening and closing Many business owners have been robbed or hijacked outside their business properties when opening or locking up for the day. Firstly check that there are no suspicious persons or vehicles waiting near your property before you open. It is best to rather drive past and come…

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