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  • #40436

    Hi all,

    a colleague – Paul Thompson, and I are workin to put together a SMME
    networking session for SME’s from the Western, Southern and Eastern
    Cape. The idea is to run the session over a two or three day period in
    Port Rlizabeth.
    Programme contents envisaged:

    * Presentation on the problems faced by SME’s in the Cape
    * Highlight areas of potential co -operation as opposed to
    competition.
    * Assist SME’s in creating alliances and synergies.
    * Explore and encourage the development of a “virtual” Business
    centre using Skills- Universe as the main platform.
    * Exploration of export markets in EU, Africa, Middle East, South
    East Asia.
    * Business leads for importers
    * Across trade / industry idea exchange
    (at tthis stage the agenda is still up for discussion and member’s input
    will be appreciated).

    We also intend to have representation from: Financial Institutions; DTI;
    An accountant who specialises in SME’s.
    We will approach the LED’s in each area with a view to them assisting
    with the promotion of the project as a whole.

    Perhaps Microsoft will come on board with some Free Software or at least
    offer to discount the purchases of the attendin SME’s.

    Finally we will provide a panel of SME development specialists who will
    be available for both general advisory services (No Charge) and if
    required, One on One consultations.

    We will approach on eof the major banks with a view to sponsorship of a
    venue; refreshments; useful handouts etc.

    Comments please one and all, your input will be greatly appreciated

    Selwyn Schrieff

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  • #40443

    Hi Selwyn,
    I have your email concerning “…your being prescriptive…” Should you not be talking to SEDA (and the DTI) about your proposal? Not that they are God’s gift to SMME’s but they do represent a platform for this kind of thing. They probably have a pretty good idea of the questions you should be providing answers to in your proposed networking sessions. I think they attempt to answer them all the time. Their website suggests the structure. Is there really scope for an independent approach? Would there not be more mileage in working with / through them? Regards, Brian

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  • #40442

    Hi Brian

    I have been seda accredited for years, over past two or so years, they have become almost ineffective, yes they spew SMME upliftment but there are serious shortcomings – mostly based on the initial assessments that they conduct. The few SME’ s that they really assist are those who are already well on the way to success but want to branch out, expand etc. The small business owner derives very little benefit from seda.

    The DTI is a parastatal and my view is that it is time for people like myself and other like thinking folk to take up the cudgels for SMME development and support and not expect everything to be done by GOVT.

    In this country there is a culture amongst SMME’s and particularly my brothers in the townships that says, we must be helped, we were wronged by apartheid so it is the Govt’s duty to help us.!!!! Unfortunately, seda; NYDA (previously Umsombomvu) perpetuate this culture. Khula has at last realised that they need to change and is currently in the process of doing just that! They will become “the Lender of last resort” This mindset has to be changed if our country is going to grow the GDP based on SMME contributions. So my thinking is that we will:
    a. Contact as many SMME’s in each area as possible, the banks will come to the party by sending out invites to their SMME Clients .
    b. The SMME’s identified and who show an interest in the networking Session will be requested to compile a list of discussion matters they wish to see addresssed. We will then take formulate the programme based on the majority requests for discussions received.

    The session has to be about SMME’s; by SMME’s and not about what we or DTI or anyone else thinks should be included in the programme.

    Regards

    Selwyn

    Brian Moores-Pitt said:

    Hi Selwyn,
    I have your email concerning “…your being prescriptive…” Should you not be talking to SEDA (and the DTI) about your proposal? Not that they are God’s gift to SMME’s but they do represent a platform for this kind of thing. They probably have a pretty good idea of the questions you should be providing answers to in your proposed networking sessions. I think they attempt to answer them all the time. Their website suggests the structure. Is there really scope for an independent approach? Would there not be more mileage in working with / through them? Regards, Brian
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  • #40441

    Other than as a marketing opportunity for “like thinking folk” what would be the business model?

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    Brian Moores-Pitt said:

    Other than as a marketing opportunity for “like thinking folk” what would be the business model?
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  • #40439

    Hi Brian

    Firstly I see the project as a No Charge networking Session. The attendees would naturally have to pay for their travel and accommodation costs. As for us as the originators, hopefully we will access some new clients.

    Dependent on the economic level (probably t/over based) of the attendees, we might even run two sessions simultaneously, thereby catering for differing levels of economic activity.

    I will approach the LED’s of the various Municipalities – C T. George, NMMM and Buffaloo City with the view to get their buy-in. Also we will target various suppliers.

    The objectives identified thus far are:

    To bring businessmen and women from across different sectors to forge partnerships.
    To create a platform where SMME owners can meet and share best practices.
    To explore new market potentials both local and overseas.
    To over time develop a co-operative approach to tender submission
    To Identify and explore new product areas to meet the needs of the growing expatriate community in South Africa.
    To develop strategic alliances.

    regards

    Selwyn

    Brian Moores-Pitt said:

    Other than as a marketing opportunity for “like thinking folk” what would be the business model?
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  • #40438

    Hi Selwyn
    Have you run this or going to still run this in PE?
    Regards
    LExi

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  • #40437

    Hi Lexi

    My colleague Paul Thompson

    ran the session at the Radison Blu last month.

    Please tell me what you do and send me you contact details

    Kind regards

    Selwyn

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