Calling all KZN-Based Furniture Businesses – This Game Changing Competition is For YOU!

Do you have a bold business idea that has the potential to be a gamechanger in the regional furniture industry? Do you want to grow in the retail value chain? If you are a small business based in KZN that currently supplies, or could supply, goods or services to the furniture sector, enter the eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC) Business Accelerator and put yourself in the running to gain a lucrative business contract with leading South African furniture retailers, @home, CLM Home and Homewood.

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Eskom boosts women-owned plastic bricks maker

“I would encourage other SMEs to be brave and put their businesses out there and enter. I know when you think about competitions, you think about winning, but the process itself provides great value,” concludes Kedibone. SMEs in manufacturing, engineering/construction, trade/services and agriculture sectors can enter the competition on For support and assistance, small business owners should email Grounded Media on

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“As Ithala we can make the financing process easy. Ithala SOC Limited offers affordable interest rates because we believe that every South African deserves access to affordable banking services.

“The Taxi Finance service offering provides incredible benefits for an ordinary South African to own a commercial vehicle in a period of up to 60 months, get competitive interest rates and the opportunity to create wealth.”

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A Competition that will Fast-track your Business Potential -Enter before 4 December 2020

“It takes more than money to turn an idea or innovation into a viable growing business. That’s why we leverage experience, expertise and partnerships to create a winning mentorship platform as well as meaningful business opportunities over and above the financial prize,” Meghan says.

For more information on the DCC Business Accelerator Programme or if you want to enter visit Entries close on Friday, 4 December 2020.

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Marlene Powell – helping business owners to cement a blueprint in place for a successful 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, business coach and award winning ActionCOACH (she won the Global ActionMAN award for Africa this year) Marlene Powell has been a pillar of strength to her clients and to entrepreneurs and SMME owners around the country. She holds free weekly workshops for entrepreneurs in conjunction with Margaret Hirsch and has set up a successful networking forum BizCAFE B2B on the third Friday of every month.

Recently she held a free workshop for established business owners to help get them on track for 2021.  Said Marlene “I want to ensure that 2021 is a successful year for business owners  through the aftershock that COVID has had on the economy. If a successful and strategic Blueprint is put in place before the start of each new year, business owners could look at it as painting the year ahead by numbers in a business sense. By putting together a solid quarterly strategic plan, it can be established which team members in the business are the ones to leverage through to take 2021 by the horns.”

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