Finding finance

SMMEs CAN get funding

“How’s business?” I asked.  “Fine” he smiled.  “Is it profitable?”  “I think so: I’ve still got some money at the end of the month.” Some small business owners know where every cent is coming from and going to.  Others just don’t have a clue.  Which means that they have no idea if their business is …

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Built to Last or Built to Exit?

“I’ve registered a company with the CIPC and a consultant helped me draw up a business plan.  Can you help me with funding?”  This question was asked by a wannabe business-owner at FundEx who didn’t know how much she needed or even what she needed it for. Small business owners were invited to FundEx to …

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Running on Empty – do you need funding?

Their email opens with the standard knee-jerk response: “It sounds interesting.  I must state upfront though that we are unable to provide any funding for this project…” That’s understandable.  South Africa is the only country In the world currently in a recession.  Our GDP growth rate was actually negative in the first quarter of the …

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What investors want to hear

I met Justin Stanford at a SAVCA (venture capital and private equity association) event in Cape Town.  Everyone else was dressed smartly as befits big money.  Justin wore fashionably torn jeans.  And he was the guest speaker. But how did Justin come to be so respected in the rarefied atmosphere of high finance?  He is …

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