“A vision on its own is not enough. Hard work and
dedication is required to make that vision a reality.”

Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe
“In terms of expansion, I strongly believe in organic
growth as there is nothing more motivating or satisfying…
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to dream big, but start small.”

Zainab Ashadu, Zashadu Bags, Nigeria.
“Businesses that are spoilt with too much capital
make the wrong decisions… Constraints are the
most wonderful things in business, because constraints
allow you to be innovative and come up with
different solutions.”

Michael Jordaan, MonteGray Capital, South Africa
“I believe we can create new opportunities for
[SMEs] by linking them up with larger enterprises,
through industry clusters. Since a large number of
employers in the [SMEs] sector are informal
family-owned businesses, they can be trained to
become more proficient through various
capacity building initiatives.”

Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the National Committee on Job Creation, Nigeria
“Africa is a youthful continent that is plagued by a
high unemployment rate, particularly amongst Millennials.
Entrepreneurship has long proven to be the best
alternative to bettering one’s life. Building a
business that not only progresses the entrepreneur,
but also the community that the business operates
in, is the greatest solution to reducing
unemployment in any economy.”

The Motsepe Foundation, South Africa.


Enterprise & Supplier Development

We work with large public and private sector corporate entities to design and implement innovative supply chain diversification solutions. Guided by our core values system, we provide a suite of tailor-made, bespoke, enterprise support solutions that include finance, incubation, mentoring and coaching, and market access facilitation.

SME TradeLinks Entrepreneurship Support Centre

The SME TradeLinks Entrepreneurship Support Centre (ESC) serves as an entrepreneurship development centre and provides individual, one-on-one, as well as group mentorship and coaching. We run an open-admission series of workshops and seminars on topical issues relating to entrepreneurship and SME development in South Africa. Services available through the centre are provided by carefully vetted subject matter specialists.

SME TradeLinks Access to Finance

Access to finance is a determining factor in the growth and sustainability of any business, irrespective of size. We work with financial institutions to provide access to the appropriate type of finance.

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