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Small Business Academy opens its doors to Stellenbosch locals for the first time in 2021

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In 2021, the University of Stellenbosch Business School’s Small Business Academy (SBA) Development Programme will be available for the first time to small-business owners in Stellenbosch, to help them gain business knowledge that will enable them to grow and expand their existing businesses. Presented in partnership with the Social Impact Division of Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch Network and Distell, this post-matric programme hopes to make a difference to the lives and businesses of entrepreneurs in low-income communities.

The Programme officially commences on Wednesday, 24 February 2021, and will run over a period of eight months. During this time, participants will complete modules in Computer Literacy, Business Essentials, Marketing, Financial Management and Business Plan Development and Presentation. Moreover, each participant will receive one-on-one mentoring from MBA candidates and other alumni of the Business School, who will provide support and guidance throughout the duration of the Programme. This will be complemented by practical workshops on topics such as gaining access to funding, business insurance, and marketing through social media, with successful candidates set to graduate with a certificate from Stellenbosch University.

For Garnet Christians, an alumnus of the SBA Programme and Director of Acu-Temp, the Programme is instrumental for any business owner looking to improve their business management skills: “To effectively run a business, it is important to have as much knowledge as you can. Before I took part in the Programme, I was mostly involved with the physical aspect of the business and lacked expertise with the administrative side of things, such as how to finance, run and market my business operations. By completing the programme, I gained a better understanding of the overall business.”

Andre Segals – another Programme alumnus and Master Barber at Legends Barber and Academy – echoes these sentiments, saying: “I joined the Programme because I needed to upscale my knowledge around business operations and legislation. The Programme made me more comfortable with these factors, while also helping me learn how to better manage my finances and marketing and gain a better understanding of who my potential and existing clients were. It’s a great learning experience, especially for future business management.”

Eligible candidates looking to enrol in this Programme must have a matric certificate and own an existing small business, which has been running for at least two years, with the full course costing R2,550 per participant.

Applications close on Friday, 29 January 2021, with dates and venues to be announced in due course.

An Open Day will be held on Thursday, 26 November 2020 between 11:00 and 14:00.  Further information and application forms will be available at Old Lückhoff School building, Banhoek Road, Stellenbosch.  Alternatively, you can download the application form here.

For more information, go to www.usb.ac.za/sba or email sba@usb.ac.za. Otherwise you can call the SBA at 084 514 2328.

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