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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT NETWORK 

AN INITIATIVE OF THE JACOB’S WELL BRANCH AT THE

PHAROS COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSHWANE

 

 Strategy

Periods of very low economic growth and recession emphasise the importance of the informal business sector to create alternative job opportunities and support the income of families in the community. It is during these testing periods of lack of confidence in the formal economy that the survival drive stimulates creativity, ideas and initiatives in people. We also know that the success rate of new business start-ups is very low (<15%). This is mainly due to inexperience and poor decision making. Our communities are in critical need of sustainable informal business development with growth potential.

On 27 May 2017 the B-Net community initiative was launched by the Jacob’s Well Branch at Pharos Community Centre in Tshwane. The B-Net focus is to facilitate the development and growth of informal businesses in the community on a voluntary basis. We live in the community and let live in the community. We are willing to share and pay forward. The community is not defined by geographical or other boundaries other than practical and affordable traveling distance to provide or receive support.  

The objectives are to facilitate:

  1. the interactive development of sustainable business concepts;
  2. the interactive support of business process; and
  3. the development of informal enterprises with potential to grow to formal enterprises.

It can be regarded as an informal and real time business incubation approach. However, the intent is not to replace formal business incubation facilities but to supplement these processes in an accessible and affordable manner in the community.

The B-Net processes fundamentally involve the networking of available skills and experience in the community with mostly micro and very small business initiatives in the community. These informal business initiatives could be new start-ups or existing enterprises requiring support and development. The long term planned B-Net functionality is presented in the following diagram.

BNet Functionality Diagram

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This community initiative is rolled out in the following seven focus areas:

  1. a B-Net informal business forum arranging regular meetings;
  2. a B-Net web site providing interactive access to a network of community support information;
  3. a B-Net community business information platform (Community B-Net Index);
  4. a B-Net informal business support group (advisors, mentors and coaches);
  5. a B-Net informal business research and development group;
  6. a B-Net “Water treading” business development group; and
  7. a B-Net administration group.

 

Management Team

Position Name E-mail
 BNet Co-ordinator  P le Roux  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 BNet Forum Manager  P le Roux (Acting)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Data Base Manager  B du Plooy   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Support Group Manager  P van Rensburg  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Development Group Manager  M Lachenich (Acting)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Admin Manager  C Mischke  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Pharos Representative  R de Jager  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 BNet Blog lead  Vacant  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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