The Nedbank Small Business Seminars form part of the bank’s Banking and Beyond™ initiatives, and it seeks to provide compelling and practical advice for businesses, enabling them to be agile during the growth stage and more importantly, accelerate their businesses to the next level. The seminars will be held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town – through a structured journey of engagement that will focus on four key elements; building your business into an asset of value, pitching your business, networking success and deal making facilitated by Phitidis.
‘We are delighted to host the Nedbank Business Seminars for the ninth consecutive year, enabling over 40 000 entrepreneurs through training and development. As a bank for the entrepreneur, we continue to play a significant role in creating an enabling environment for small businesses to succeed. This means empowering business owners with practical solutions and advice, allowing them time to focus on where the rubber hits the road, growing their businesses. We are truly thrilled to have Pavlo Phitidis as the moderator and advisor in this year’s leg, as he brings a wealth of knowledge and invaluable expertise,’ says Sibongiseni Ngundze: Managing Executive of Nedbank Retail Relationship Banking.
Delegates can expect to walk away with clarity of purpose, insights into how to grow their businesses to the next level, and defined steps against which to grow their businesses into valuable assets. This will be turned into practice and delegates will walk out with a fresh, new and relevant network, the ability to pitch to that network and do deals to make partnering for business growth happen.
‘As a business owner, the most precious thing that you have is time. I look forward to turning your time into value by not only talking business but by working with you to make it happen at this seminar and beyond,’ says Phitidis.
‘This is another way Nedbank Votes Small Business™ and partners with small businesses for growth for a greater South Africa. Vote Small Business™ is an initiative aimed at creating an environment in which small businesses can thrive,’ concludes Ngundze.
Business owners are encouraged to register for the Nedbank Small Business Seminars on www.SimplyBiz.co.za. Seminar proceeds will be donated to Enactus SA, a non-profit organisation that establishes programmes at universities that enable students to apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects.
Nedbank launched Small Business Friday™ in association with the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) in 2012, aimed at galvanizing the South African population to support small businesses. Nedbank has earmarked Friday, 6 September, as the symbolic day for everyone to celebrate the successes and growth of small businesses.
Small Business Friday™ was inspired by Small Business Saturday, a successful initiative started in the US by American Express® in 2010. Since its launch Small Business Saturday has grown into a coalition of hundreds of small-business advocacy groups, public officials, corporations and small businesses across the United States, annually recognising the important role small businesses play in fuelling the economy.
Nedbank calls upon everyone in the South Africa to Vote Small Business™ by showing your support and spending at a small business in your community.
In addition, Nedbank offers “SimplyBiz.co.za”, an online networking and resource portal for entrepreneurs, It’s MyBiz”, a reality TV show on e.tv, “Business Accelerator” on Talk Radio 702, PocketPOS™, enabling businesses to process debit and credit card transactions via a smartphone and tablet.
Nedbank App Suite™ provides a fully customisable world of apps compatible with tablets and most smartphones, allowing for a secure platform to make payments quickly and easily, from anywhere at anytime – and it is the first banking app to offer online share trading in South Africa.
eCommerce helps small businesses to expand their business online and reach a much larger customer target market. The Beginner’s guide, enables small businesses to take their business online and develop a full, online transactional website with a complete value offering which incorporates an online shopping cart to start selling and accepting payments online.
Nedbank has also gone further to understand the challenges affecting small-to-medium-business owners in their quest to grow their businesses – cashflow, trusted advice and speed of decisionmaking remain the key concerns for entrepreneurs.