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Micro Franchising Program 2018 Update

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The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has tasked SA Franchise Warehouse (SAFW) with identifying small businesses in peri-urban and rural areas that has the potential to be micro-franchised. The programme which kicked off in 2015 will run over a 3-year period and will package a total of 15 micro-franchise business. We are pleased to announce that the third rollout phase of the programme has started and the selection process has been finalised.

Below we take the honours of introducing the 9 businesses chosen to participate in the programme for 2018:

1. Active Care Clinics 
Active Care Clinics is owned by 4 shareholders. They currently have 3 clinics open and are based in Springs, Ballito and Table Bay. The original clinic is based in Midrand Gauteng which is a fully fledged medical centre which caters for the average man on the street, as well as the poorest, who pay a minimal fee for a consultation as well as medication. The clinic focuses extensively on Prenatal and HIV …

Lead your “SELF” and others will follow

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If you mention great leaders, images of historical figures like Napoleon, Churchill and Nelson Mandela may spring to mind.

At its most basic level leadership involves getting others to follow you. Winning their hearts and minds is one thing, but leading them in the right direction is another.

In the world of politics the reputation of a leader depends upon your own personal political ideology.

In small or medium-sized businesses there is a more objective method of determining great leadership; the income statement is the ultimate unbiased measure. Generally, good leaders get consistently good results, bad ones don’t.

George Diab, started his professional life as a chartered accountant. He had little idea that he would eventually become an entrepreneur in the fashion industry and a leadership advisor.

As a tax specialist in the corporate world, Diab had to look the part. This meant finding the perfect suit. His efforts proved futile. He then decided that if his perfect suit did not ye…

Find your “WHY” and unleash your entrepreneurial beast

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Entrepreneurship is a mysterious creature; so much is written and said about it. Everyone seems to have an opinion as to what makes a successful entrepreneur. A starting point for exploring the meaning of entrepreneurial triumph is to look at the idea of ‘success’ itself.

At the simplest level, success is the achievement of a specific goal. But success means different things to different people. It’s logical to assume that everybody wants to be successful in terms of their own individual goals. Nobody plans to fail.

In trying to understand the paths to successful entrepreneurship, it is tempting to reduce its attainment to a linear process. It is human nature to search for cause and effect relationships. Much of the research into what makes some entrepreneurs successful is based upon studying the super successful ones. The idea is to then instruct people to replicate the behaviours of the successful.

This approach totally disregards two important issues: firstly, the fact that differ…

Ongoing innovation the driving force behind entrepreneur's success

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Innovation is crucial to the success of any entrepreneur, and the ability to invent new processes, technology and equipment that fundamentally change the way that clients and competition view one’s business, is how industries are propelled forward. While high-profile inventors garner widespread attention in their field, there are others who are not as quickly acknowledged, but who make equally impressive impacts in their sphere of business.

This is according to Siphethe Dumeko, chief financial officer of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), who points to the recently released 2017/2018 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report which reveals that South Africa ranks 13 out of 54 countries in terms of innovation. “Low-key, incremental innovation that happens every day in thousands of small businesses in the country are often under looked for their contribution to South Africa’s economic development.”

Illustrating how incorporating incremental, local-level innovation, in a busines…

Col’Cacchio launches new Halaal restaurants

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Col’Cacchio, the popular Italian-inspired franchise known for its gourmet thin-base wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and crisp fresh salads recently announced the opening of their first certified Halaal store.

The Atholl store has been converted to be a SANHA certified Halaal store and boasts a brand new menu and look and feel. Consumers can expect all the tried and tested iconic Col’Cacchio favorites as well as an exciting new mocktail range.

Col’Cacchio has always been able to adapt to and stay ahead of food trends, in part due to the fact that they prepare everything in-house using only the freshest ingredients. Knowing the exact origin of every delicious component of their menu items gives them an elevated level of control and consistency over their new Halaal menu.

Col’Cacchio have also confirmed that the Canal Walk store will also be converted to a certified Halaal store in the coming weeks.

“Our strength has always been to listen to our customers and make them a part of the Co…