Small Business

The 2012 Entrepreneurship Forum was held at Regenesys Business School in Sandton to grapple the difference between a great entrepreneur and a mediocre entrepreneur. The aim of the event was to provide a networking opportunity and a platform to develop business relationships for aspiring local entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship has consistently been recognized as one of the key elements in job creation and a catalyst for economic growth. However, much needs to be done to create an environment that promotes an entrepreneurial culture.

The introduction of enterprise development has been lauded as a facilitator in aiding business compliance to BEE Codes of Good Practice. However setting up an enterprise development initiative could be a burden which requires expertise most companies lack.

Entrepreneurs when forming business relationships at workshops or events want to meet and connect with like-minded individuals. Pitch and Polish provides networking tips for business owners and budding entrepreneurs.

A definition of business success has not yet been determined but the level of sustainability and the degree to which the needs of stakeholders are met forms part of the broader definition says Francis Wright.

Members of the Entrepreneurs? Organisation were taken on a journey through the boardrooms and cricket fields of the world and given valuable insights, particularly on the importance of coaching for good decision-making in business.

The concept of entrepreneurship in South Africa is undergoing a major transformation as local innovators become more focused on bussines success.This shift in thinking will be vital to fuel economic development in the country in 2012 says Ivan Epstein.

While the external environment may have changed the core principles of survival and teamwork remain the same. What are these timeless practices? John Greathouse investigates the four key roles in a tribe and how they compare to a modern business start up team.

Do you think about venturing into the unknown? The life of an entrepreneur is exciting, fulfilling and at times very risky. Frances Wright describes her journey from her safe office desk into the unpredictable and satisfying world of self-employment.

Promising entrepreneurs can learn much from Apple founder Steve Jobs. Allon Raiz reflects on the life experiences of one of the most infamous entrepreneurs and talks about what it takes to be successful.



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