In this Photo: De Wet Schoeman (Director of the USB-ED Centre for Applied and Entrepreneurship) and Doris Viljoen.
The development of entrepreneurial skills in the Western Cape is to kick-off 2016 on a high note. Free workshops for entrepreneurs will be presented at several venues throughout province to further the Western Cape’s goal of job creation for economic growth.
This follows collaboration between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Centre for Applied Entrepreneurship at USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public company of Stellenbosch University. The initiative was to take place at the end of last year, but was moved to early 2016.
The two-day business development workshops will be offered in six venues across the province on the following dates:
- Moorreesburg from 28 to 29 January 2016
- Caledon from 1 to 2 February 2016
- Worcester from 4 to 5 February 2016
- George from 15 to 16 February 2016
- Beaufort West from 18 to 19 February 2016
- Bellville from 23 to 24 February 2016
This stems from business owners often getting so absorbed by day-to-day challenges that they neglect to plan for the future needs of their customers. The workshops are aimed at helping entrepreneurs to prepare for the next life cycles of their businesses and to overcome the vulnerable phases.
Participants will be introduced to instruments and methodologies that will help them identify potential indicators of change and to assess the impact and opportunities that these changes represent. They will also be guided to design their business models around value-creating strategies.
A total of 150 participants across all 6 workshops will be accepted to take part. After the initial training, 20 participants will be selected from the total group for further training and mentoring in March 2016.
Requirements for attending a workshop are:
- Operating in business for at least two years,
- Business must be based in the Western Cape,
- Possession of valid tax clearance certificates.
Director of the USB-ED Centre for Applied Entrepreneurship, DeWet Schoeman said: “The project will provide us with the opportunity to reach out to a number of entrepreneurs in the Western Cape. We believe that the initiative will be an important boost for the development of successful smaller businesses.”
Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said: “In this province, our number one goal is the creation of opportunities for economic growth and jobs. We know that small businesses are important job creators, employing around 500 000 people in the Western Cape.
“Over the past five years, we have given over 20 000 entrepreneurs the support they need to grow. It is our role to create the right environment for small businesses to thrive.
“To do so, we work to reduce red tape, facilitate access to funding and prioritise the roll-out of economic infrastructure, such as broadband. These workshops will take skills development to entrepreneurs and I want to encourage small businesses to take advantage of this opportunity,” Winde said.