Entrepreneurs course a huge success

In the past it was believed that an entrepreneur had a certain profile – being self-driven, creative, innovative and fearless enough to take risk. However, his research proved that entrepreneurs can be developed. With the necessary training, mentoring and support, any person can become an entrepreneur.

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“Being on this course has taught me to start my own business and how to have an attitude of entrepreneurship. I have also learned that this would give me the power to provide for my future. I am set on starting my own business and to create job opportunities in Lydenburg.”

Zandile Malati’s words sum up the general feedback of the 22 participants who took part in the AHi’s recent training course for entrepreneurs, facilitated by the Lydenburg/Mashishing Business Chamber.

“Attending this course has been very informative and supplied us with a wide spectrum of knowledge on being an entrepreneur. It will also help me to improve my business standards and showed me how creating employment should result in upliftment of our community,” said pet shop owner Richard Parkinson, who spent the week long training course held at the St John’s church hall in town.

Presenter dr Johan Louw, was happy with the outcome of this trail event sponsored by the AHi, a first for Mpumalanga. The AHi, in collaboration with local business chambers, has embarked on a country wide initiative to improve enterprise development.

According to AHi chairperson, Christo van der Rheede, it is estimated that small and medium businesses will grow substantially by 2030 and will be providing 90% of jobs. Human settlement and services will need to be conducive to SMME expansion – and this is where business chambers will play a vital role, Van der Rheede said at a recent Chamber meeting.

Investing in enterprise development, makes tax sense, says dr Johan Louw. Any business who contributes to the funding of such a training course, will receive a tax certificate which entitling the business to a 10% tax deduction.

Louw, who has a background in training and education, holds an MBA from the Australian Bond University and did his PhD in entrepreneurship development. Are entrepreneurs born or made? We asked him.

In the past it was believed that an entrepreneur had a certain profile – being self-driven, creative, innovative and fearless enough to take risk. However, his research proved that entrepreneurs can be developed. With the necessary training, mentoring and support, any person can become an entrepreneur.

“Attitude is important and it helps to invest your energies in something you like doing,” Louw believes. “Taking informed risks and investing in a business that would provide a solution to a local need, add to the potential success.”

Over the five days of the course, he could see the participants’ change in attitude  – and that is where his reward lies. “If I can help a person believe in him or herself, I have succeeded, “ says Louw. But this energy should now be taken to the next step.

There has been an outcry for a follow-up course. For more information contact Chamber’s administrator Ingrid de Wet at justingird@lantic.net.

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