Hello fellow South African small business owners. 2BBiz.co.za is an education, information and community portal to help South African entrepreneurs like yourself, to build your business, increase your practical business skills, connect with each other, have your say and find out what is happening in the local environment that will affect your small business.
Unfortunately while our universities do provide business and economic education it generally tends to be expensive, theoretical and geared towards working in large companies. There is a huge need for accessible and affordable ways to improve our practical entrepreneurial skills.
At 2BBiz.co.za we give you:
- loads of practical articles written by experienced entrepreneurs;
- case studies for you to see how other entrepreneurs run their businesses;
- and regular live and recorded webinars on issues specific to South African small business owners.
Most entrepreneurs at some stage have questions and just a little bit of information can be very useful. Let’s see where 2BBiz.co.za can help you….
- In our 2BBizHELP! section a selection of experts may help you to fix your biz by answering a question of yours.
- You can make use of our community forums and the extensive array of tools, resources, information pages and links offered on this website.
- We also help you find business with our tender and business opportunities posts.
The South African entrepreneur lives in interesting times. To help you keep up to date with legislation, the economic environment and what people and groups think about business, we bring you:
- a daily roundup of articles in the press and some of our own news stories of interest to small business owners;
- viewpoints from business people and stakeholders;
- the latest on legislation affecting SMMEs; and
- the information on what various business and management bodies in South Africa are doing.
Doing business is about connecting with other people. They may be your partners, your suppliers, your customers, people you do only a project with or even the people who tell others about you and what you do. To help you make business connections we bring you our 2BBiz Community where you can build your personal profile, network online, and ask for and receive support. Various sections in our Biz Practice section such as classifieds and company news also give you the chance to tell others about what you have done and have to offer. And keep coming back for more news about our live networking sessions in the near future.
www.2BBiz.co.za is an independent enterprise and does not get any support or grants from any government agency, corporation, bank or political party. We are an innovative media, training, support, and consulting business that relies on memberships, selling online products & training, events, advertising and promotional partnerships.
We believe passionately in fostering entrepreneurship and small businesses in South Africa as a way to alleviate poverty; make individuals, families and communities self-sufficient; get people working together for mutual benefit, boost innovation and grow the economy.
As a result we run as a social entrepreneurship company which has a much larger vision than only profit.
But why start another entrepreneurship offering in this market?
After having worked in heavy industry in the production and quality assurance fields for many years, followed by a number of years in journalism, including having been Online Editor for Business Day newspaper, I started consulting for micro-, and small-sized enterprises.
THE place to go:
While there are many magazines, online communities, Chambers of Commerce, live meetings and networking, as well as training, available for the South African small business owner – what I found was that I was coming up against a brick wall of where to send my clients to get the various information, services and support that they needed. While they could go to a whole lot of different places to know what they needed, no one single resource had a full range of offerings….
Don’t pay a fortune for up-to-date knowledge:
Another thing that was a huge hassle for smaller business owners was getting to grips with all of the legislation and government requirements of small business owners. Okay. Much of this information etc WAS available – IF the entrepreneur was willing to pay thousands, or even tens of thousands of Rands to either an accountant, a lawyer or an expensive consultant. And most often this was for things that the entrepreneur could quite easily and even fairly cheaply do for themselves if only they know how to. (Part of this knowledge is know WHEN to use the professionals and there are definitely times when this is necessary….)
Our other main issue has been the transfer of knowledge. Training for entrepreneurs is generally very expensive. Very, very basic skills training can cost R1500 a day. Practical seminars and conferences by experienced people will cost R3 000 to R6 000 a day. Doing an MBA will cost you at least R150 000 and usually isn’t that practical in running a smaller business….
Entrepreneurs running small businesses want real-world knowledge; they want it at a good price; and they don’t have the time to spend it in a classroom getting bored to sleep with slow theoretical lectures. So the training and interactions we have are all practical, fast-paced, highly interactive and excellent value-for-money.
We welcome you on this journey of knowledge, action and connection together with us.
Ann (Founder & Editor)
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