SME Support Services

1.2.3. Consulting

At 1.2.3. Consulting, our promise is simple: With a new-age approach to business, we ensure all your financial needs are met in a way that is (1) simple, (2) smart and (3) stress-free. Offering a wide range of services to a diverse client base, ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinationals and NGOs, we are a vibrant team of professionals who are as passionate about people as we are about numbers. With experts in every specialisation – from tax to management accounting to internal audits – we are qualified to meet and exceed your every financial need. 

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3i's Group

3i’s is a reinvention agency helping clients reinvent their leadership, team, business and client impact. They are known for: business reinvention; innovation; and entrepreneurship. They ignite possibility through business reinvention; innovation; entrepreneurship; high-performance team coaching; executive coaching; and culture transformation.

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Admin Easy

Are you struggling with your business paperwork? Do you have piles of slips that you don’t know what to do with? Do you find the language and terms your accountant uses confusing? If so, then Admin Easy is for you! Admin Easy is a step-by-step training programme that teaches you how to set up and maintain a simple filing and record-keeping system for your business. It was developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs so it understands your daily realities and speaks your language.

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Afriversity

Afriversity is a not-for-profit trust assisting South African entrepreneurs from low-resource areas with the necessary tools, training, and mentorship to compete in and become a part of the digital economy. The trust relies on international and national sponsors, ranging from corporations to government agencies and even private individuals.

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Aurik business accelerator

Aurik is a business accelerator that builds successful entrepreneurial businesses. The company works with businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth and profitability in order to build an Asset of Value. Aurik has, since its inception, worked with over 400 business owners to transform their businesses into Assets of Value.

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Awethu Project

The Awethu Project is an innovative SMME investment company (and incubator) that flexibly and fluidly combines ideas, people, and capital in order to build the fast-growing SMMEs that Africa needs. Since its inception, the Awethu Project has incubated hundreds of entrepreneurs (ranging from informal traders to Black Industrialists, and everyone in between), gained international recognition, and continnues to use entrepreneurship to build a fair world in which every entrepreneur has the opportunity to realise their potential.

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Bandwidth Barn

The Bandwidth Barn is a space for start-ups in and around Cape Town to grow and connect. It was established and launched by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in 2000, and has two locations: the first in Woodstock and the second in Khayelitsha. Bandwidth Barn Woodstock is a multi-faceted co-working space that supports and incubates tech and tech-based businesses in Cape Town. Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha is a community space that enhances tech entrepreneurship and innovation in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.

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Black Umbrellas

Black Umbrellas is an enterprise development incubation organisation partnering with the private sector, government and civil society to address the low levels of entrepreneurship and high failure rate of 100% black owned emerging businesses in the African continent. The programme focuses on promoting entrepreneurship as a desirable economic path, and nurturing 100% black-owned businesses in the critical first three years of their existence through the provision of nationwide incubators.

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Business Fitness Analysis

The Business Fitness Analysis (BFA) culminating in the Business Fitness Report (BFR), assists the SME owner identify their own high level business needs. The BFA is a questionnaire (created and provided by Sanlam) that requires mainly YES/NO answers and takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It does not seek any private or business financial information, and covers financing/finances, business continuity, business management, wealth creation, employee benefits.

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Cape Venture Partners

Cape Venture Partners (CVP) provides business advisory services to clients from the Technology, Media, and Telecom industries. Founded in 2004, the company lead primarily by three partners: Geoff Hainebach (founding partner), David Murray (partner), and Martin Wright (partner), who are all entrepreneurs in their own right and therefore understand what it takes for an entrepreneur to succeed commercially. CVP advises businesses and entrepreneurs (specifically high-growth entrepreneurs) on strategy, operations, finances, sales, and marketing.

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Current ratio calculator

Your current ratio, a comparison of current assets to current liabilities, is of particular importance to you if you're thinking of borrowing money or getting credit from one of your suppliers. Potential creditors also use this ratio to measure a business or entrepreneur's liquidity or ability to pay off short-term debts. Bankrate has created and provided a free, online calculator which you can use to calculate your current ratio at any given time.

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Do you need a mentor?

When it comes to finding accurate information about starting or running a business, it can be hard to know who to ask or where to look. Reading the articles on this website are a very good place to start, but it can be even more valuable to find an expert who can give you face-to-face advice. A mentor can walk with you on your journey as a small business owner.

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Entrepreneur and Management Solutions

Entrepreneur and Management Solutions offer a range of business development strategies and services to address all aspects of business and NPO start-up, operations, and growth. The company comprises of a team of Coaches, Financial Managers, and Accountants who collaborate with each client to improve their productivity, brand footprint, profitability, and to enhance their position in the business market.

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Entrepreneurs Growth Centre

Through financing small and medium enterprises over more than 37 years, Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) has built up an immense store of knowledge and expertise invaluable to any business. It has now found a way of giving South Africa’s entrepreneurs quick and free access to that gold mine of information and insight. The Entrepreneurs Growth Centre offers entrepreneurs business insights, solutions, and information.

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Entrepreneurship courses and programmes

Business Partners Limited has compiled a list of institutions and training providers offering courses in business management and entrepreneurship, which should add value to someone looking to start or grow their small business. This list focuses on accredited courses. Full time, part time, distance learning, and even online programmes are included in this list.

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Fetola – Business Growth Professionals

Fetola is a commercially driven social enterprise, dedicated to making a lasting and positive difference to the nation. It has grown from being a small consultancy company to a widely-recognised SME specialist with national reach. Fetola tailor-makes successful enterprise and supplier development programmes, and has done so for over 10 years. As a value-add, they also provide reputation and brand-building opportunities to their clients, using their in-house media team, sponsorship, and advertising solutions. Youth, women and SME audiences are their particular focus.

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Finding a female mentor

It's no secret that women often think and behave differently to their male counterparts and it's no different when it comes to business. It's one reason why you may want to consider finding for a female mentor. With so many successful women entrepreneurs out there and industries becoming more progressive in this regard, there is an abundance of women with experience in a range of industries. To keep these numbers growing, many women's organisations and associations provide mentorship programmes to help fellow women in business.

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Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)

The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) promotes, fosters, and develops small enterprises in Gauteng, thereby implementing the policy of the Gauteng Provincial Government for small enterprise development. The GEP provides a unique and tailored financial support services that propel SMME’s into the mainstream economy, revitalizes township economies and grows the key economic sectors. The GEP also provides business development support interventions that play a catalyst role in transforming small enterprises.

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Getting expert help to start or run your business

When starting your business, there are certain occasions when it's advisable to get professional advice. A lawyer, for example, can explain the conditions of your loan agreements, contracts and leases. On the other hand, entrepreneurs are at times so intimidated by certain processes that they hire professionals when they can actually do it themselves. So how do you know when it's best to call in an expert and when it's okay to do it yourself?

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Good business mentors are worth their weight in gold

In today’s challenging economic environment, mentors play a key role in growing businesses, supporting entrepreneurs and enabling SMEs to survive and flourish in tough trading conditions. Business Partners Limited, South Africa’s leading risk financier in South Africa, has witnessed businesses on the verge of bankruptcy recover, and be propelled to new levels of success as a result of some guidance from a mentor.

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Raizcorp

Raizcorp was created to serve entrepreneurs in different contexts and in different stages of their lifecycles, and has since evolved into different divisions. They provide business support for enthusiastic and growth-hungry entrepreneurs; offer equity partnership opportunities; provide corporate sponsors with access to quality suppliers for enterprise and supplier development (ESD); and work closely with governments, DFIs, and multinationals to support them with their entrepreneurial development strategies.

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SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme

The SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme is Fetola's flagship programme which they designed and implemented in partnership with SAB. It is one of the most visible and impactful programmes of its kind in South Africa and has helped over 150 emerging businesses attain new levels of success as a result of the programme.

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SimplePay

You don't have time to struggle with complicated payroll software. We get that. And you want to be sure you are up to date with all the changing requirements from SARS. That's why we designed our online payroll system to take as much as possible off your hands. The SimplePay system tells you when your submissions are due and remind you to prevent late submissions; takes the hassle out of payroll administration; and assumes no knowledge of payroll legislation, nor experience with other payroll software/systems.

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Small business incubators and support programmes

While access to finance is often quoted as one of the great challenges for small businesses, they also cite the need for non-financial support. Incubation, mentorship and access to business management service providers are just some of the services these kinds of initiatives can provide. Here is a list of small business incubators and support programmes geared towards assisting small businesses.

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Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda)

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development. Seda was established in December 2004, through the National Small Business Amendment Act, Act 29 of 2004. It is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy; design and implement a standard and common national delivery network for small enterprise development; and integrate government-funded small enterprise support agencies across all tiers of government.

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South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF)

The South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) is a non-profit organization, under section 21 registered companies (2002/012592/08) whose mission is to promote, inspire and grow entrepreneurship. SABEF is an entrepreneurs' network whose mission is to promote | inspire | grow entrepreneurs. As a broad-based black economic empowerment organization, we believe that entrepreneurship is a solution to poverty alleviation, job creation and economic growth in South Africa.

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Sureswipe

Sureswipe is one of South Africa’s first card Payment Service Providers (PSPs) established in 2008 to make card payment acceptance easy and accessible to all independent retailers and service providers. We offer a suite of products that cater for businesses of all sizes providing efficient, affordable and safe payment systems. Over 9000 independent retailers across South Africa are currently using Sureswipe card machines.

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The Business Place network of walk-in centres for entrepreneurs

The Business Place Network is the only small business development support centre to coordinate and group all SME players in South and southern Africa under one umbrella. Offering entrepreneurs instant access to assistance, the network has been designed to enable maximum impact, growth and leverage of SMMEs through its holistic eco-system approach. Core services offered to entrepreneurs include coordinated business support; incubation; mentorship; market linkages; and financing interventions.

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The definitive guide to starting your own business

Ubuntu Company Services has created a small business guide called "Starting Your Own Business: The Definitive Guide". This guide is designed for anyone looking to start a business or people already in business looking to make improvements. From the basics of company registration to representation at the cipc and services such as cidb registration, this comprehensive guide provides you with all the tools you need to get started setting up your business.

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The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, the innovation agency of the Gauteng Province is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency.  It was established by the Gauteng Provincial Government through its Department of Economic Development to promote economic development and competitiveness of Gauteng through fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

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The Institute for Inventors and Innovators (III)

With over 100 years collective experience between its members, the Institute of Inventors and Innovators has the know-how to advise and guide you on your venture of invention and innovation. Having been there, III understands the emotional and mental drain of trying to bring ideas to flourish, hence the establishment of the INSTITUTE OF INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS™. So if you are stuck and don't know how to proceed with your project and don't know how to take it to the next level take this opportunity NOW and contact the institute.

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When your business needs help

There are very few businesses that thrive ALL the time. Whether it's a slump in the market, increased competition or technical/operational issues. It's important to identify the problem, and then find someone who can help you solve it. This article helps you identify signs that your business is in need of assistance from mentors or consultants, and seek out that help.

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