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Tholoana Enterprise Programme 2016 – Call for applications now open!

By in Business, Economy, Finance on March 7, 2016

SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Enterprise Programme invites applications from entrepreneurs looking to grow their business

Do you have a viable, black-owned small business that would benefit from mentorship, training and business support? SAB Foundation invites interested parties to apply to the 2016 Tholoana Enterprise Programme.

Successful candidates will be part of a high-energy solution that has helped hundreds of businesses to accelerate their success. Wrap-around support, including expert mentorship, skills training workshops, access to markets, and qualified investment-readiness support, has been shown to improve the confidence and skills of entrepreneurs.

“Our partnership with small business growth specialists, Fetola, boosts the sustainability and success of the businesses in our Tholoana programme,” explains Bridgit Evans, head of the SAB Foundation. “Tholoana offers committed candidates an incredible opportunity to take their business to the next level.”

The Tholoana Enterprise Programme supports small enterprises that benefit – or are run by – women, the youth and those living in rural and peri-urban areas. The SAB Foundation is especially keen to create opportunities for disabled entrepreneurs, who are strongly encouraged to apply. Similarly, applications are welcome from businesses working in new and/or growing sectors such as export, manufacturing, food processing, water, energy and waste management.

“We want to make an impact in communities, areas and regions that are often under-resourced and have limited opportunities. To achieve this we are looking for the best candidates across all nine provinces, and will only consider enterprises with a proven business concept, a track record of trading and potential for growth,” concludes Evans.

If you are an entrepreneur or business owner with a registered business (or in the process of registering) that has been in operation for at least six months and less than five years, you may be eligible for the programme. Visit www.sabfoundation.co.za to review the entry criteria and submit an application.

Applications open on 1 March and close at noon on 31 March 2016.