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How to adapt your marketing strategy when expanding to new regions

Globalism has both opened new doors and created new challenges for startups all over the world. Digital technology, new trade agreements, the trend towards cultural assimilation and other factors have enabled businesses to reach customers in other countries. Even the United States, which is the world's largest economy, only accounts for 17% of global GDP...

By Ryan Kh 2 days ago

Boris Dzhingarov
How new companies should treat customer service

When you're running a large company or one with a long history of performance, customer service often means preserving a reputation that already exists. With a new business, you'll need to build a reputation from scratch...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 20 Mar 2017

Three ways to action BEE and boost your business performance
Three ways to action BEE and boost your business performance

This year, the need for radical transformation has been highlighted by government, in order to address the country's vision for an inclusive economy and non-racial, non-sexist society...

Issued by Topco Media 17 Mar 2017

Lindie Engelbrecht.
SME summit unpacks business challenges

The inaugural Business Day TV SME Summit, held in partnership with Credit Guarantee and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in Sandton last week, exposed the myriad challenges facing South Africa's SMEs...

17 Mar 2017

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Setting growth projections from your marketing plan

Setting realistic growth projections is one of the most important and challenging aspects of running a business. One of the issues is that future growth rates will be profoundly impacted by your marketing plan. Unfortunately, too many businesses fail to make realistic projections...

By Ryan Kh 16 Mar 2017

First Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge winners
First Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge winners

Johnson & Johnson has announced the winners of the first Africa Innovation Challenge at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress today, 14 March 2017...

14 Mar 2017

Uganda and Botswana have highest rates of female entrepreneurship
Uganda and Botswana have highest rates of female entrepreneurship

Mastercard has released the results of its inaugural Index of Women Entrepreneurs...

8 Mar 2017

SA needs SMEs – and SMEs need branding know-how
SA needs SMEs – and SMEs need branding know-how

Despite an optimistic outlook for small and medium enterprises this year, experts have warned that entrepreneurs cannot afford simple mistakes if they are to get ahead in tough local conditions...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 8 Mar 2017

Three profitable ways to use drones in your business
Three profitable ways to use drones in your business

Some years back, the idea of drones wasn't even existent. The world needed large cranes on which to hoist cameras for aerial photography and depended largely on satellite images...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 7 Mar 2017

Africa's first Shared Value Summit to showcase future-proof business strategy: Profit with a purpose
Africa's first Shared Value Summit to showcase future-proof business strategy: Profit with a purpose

The first Africa Shared Value Summit will raise awareness and advocate for the strategic implementation of the Shared Value business model, which brings about social change while positively impacting profit...

Issued by Shift Social Development 7 Mar 2017

Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme
Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme

The Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) Grant Scheme, which sought to identify and empower female creativity across South Africa, has selected 15 finalists...

2 Mar 2017

Gugulethu Cele joins Kaya Bizz on Kaya FM 95.9
Gugulethu Cele joins Kaya Bizz on Kaya FM 95.9

Kaya FM has announced that business journalist Gugulethu Cele will be the new host of Kaya Bizz as of 6 March...

Issued by Kaya FM 95.9 27 Feb 2017

New BEE ownership needn't be so scary
New BEE ownership needn't be so scary

The marketing and media industry is under immense scrutiny as in the past it has been criticised for having very slow transformation. The new B-BBEE codes are here and many businesses will have to find a black shareholder if they wish to maintain their BEE status and benefits...

Issued by Pula Capital Partners 16 Feb 2017

Freelancer.com identifies top 10 service businesses
Freelancer.com identifies top 10 service businesses

The continuous growth of the gig economy and Freelancer.com's rapidly scaling global community of over 22 million users reflect an ever-increasing demand for freelancers. The site analyses the top ten service businesses...

16 Feb 2017

New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni
New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni

A new retail home delivery service for townships, funded by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), has launched in Ekhuruleni...

14 Feb 2017

Six business lessons in learned in 150 days
Six business lessons in learned in 150 days

So we've been in operation for about 150 days, and there have been a few lessons, many in fact, and looking back, a few things have surprised me and stand out...

By Kevin Welman 13 Feb 2017

Kruger with his latest book released with Penguin, looking at the concept of strategic rule-breaking for businesses.
SONA and strategic rule-breaking: The art of doing the unexpected for amplified results

Rules are a great idea. Except when they aren't. If you're fascinated by the idea of breaking rules, last Thursday's amazing travelling circus show, the State of the Nation Address, will have struck you as a veritable feast of chaotic delights. Wearing your proudly South African cap, your emotional reaction may have been somewhat different, but let's put national dignity aside for a second and think about the idea of strategic rule-breaking...

By Douglas Kruger 13 Feb 2017

Top 500 Awards announces Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba as keynote speaker
Top 500 Awards announces Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba as keynote speaker

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Top 500 Awards, taking place on Tuesday, 7 March, at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg...

Issued by Topco Media 13 Feb 2017

Sekunjalo launches R500m impact fund
Sekunjalo launches R500m impact fund

The Sekunjalo Investment Group is launching a R500m impact fund to boost entrepreneurship, shore up renewable energy initiatives and support women-owned businesses...

Issued by Independent Media 9 Feb 2017

The Anxious Entrepreneur: Anxiety defeats creativity, creativity defeats anxiety.
The Anxious Entrepreneur interview with Tiisetso Maloma

Serial entrepreneur Tiisetso Maloma touches on the dark side of entrepreneurship: depression. He shares his learning that while anxiety defeats creativity, the inverse is also true as creativity defeats anxiety...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Feb 2017

Collaborative initiative addresses business development and the unemployment crisis
Collaborative initiative addresses business development and the unemployment crisis

A number of businesses in the private sector and NGOs joined together to stage a business-readiness springboard and employment doorway, The Business Warm-Up, to confront head-on the economic challenges facing SA's youth...

Issued by Zinto Activation Group 30 Jan 2017

Who will be crowned South Africa's Best Managed Company?
Who will be crowned South Africa's Best Managed Company?

Naspers, Sasol, Zeder Investments, Woolworths or Anglo American SA: Who will be crowned South Africa's Best Managed Company?

Issued by Topco Media 27 Jan 2017

DJ Sbu to speak at Harvard
DJ Sbu to speak at Harvard

Media personality and entrepreneur DJ Sbu has been invited to speak at Harvard Business College in Boston next month, as part of a symposium on African business and entrepreneurship...

26 Jan 2017

Competition seeks 100 young leaders accelerating community development
Competition seeks 100 young leaders accelerating community development

A youth competition is looking for 100 inspiring young leaders in five categories, who are trailblazers, influencers, disruptors, healers or innovators in their communities...

26 Jan 2017

Social Entrepreneurship Programme
Social Entrepreneurship Programme

GIBS's Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) is a multi-disciplinary training programme which equips participants with the necessary skills to run a business-savvy, socially conscious organisation...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 25 Jan 2017

Consider partnering to progress your business
Consider partnering to progress your business

Entering into a partnership isn't that simple. Think of entering into a partnership like getting married. You need to know your partner very well, including their track record, client references, skills, expertise and experience...

By James Maposa 25 Jan 2017

Current economic environment more conducive to growth, opportunity
Current economic environment more conducive to growth, opportunity

"These improved conditions should provide a more solid platform for local SMEs to grow and pursue their objectives in their respective sectors..."

24 Jan 2017

Seedstars Summit, technology and entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets
Seedstars Summit, technology and entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets

The Seedstars Summit will address how technology and innovation from emerging markets will be affecting businesses in the next decade....

24 Jan 2017

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Youth are Africa's future ‘agripreneurs'

The MasterCard Foundation's Young Africa Works Summit presents youth as drivers of Africa's agricultural transformation and employment…

24 Jan 2017

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