31 August 2010
South African entrepreneurs are about to get a boost, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Nedbank Small Business Services and etv.
“Fix My Biz” is a new, 13-part, business-focused reality television series that documents the challenges facing a number of small businesses and, through the expert knowledge of consultants, provides entrepreneurs with practical advice to address their challenges.
“Nedbank has long recognised that entrepreneurship is the foundation for future financial prosperity and a key source of job creation, and for these reasons SMEs have a key role to play in the sustainable development of our country’s economy,” Nedbank Small Business Services executive Sibongiseni Ngundze said in a statement this week.
“Fix My Biz represents an innovative way for Nedbank Small Business Services to contribute to the growth and success of this vital South African business sector.”
Real businesses, real challenges
The fact that Fix My Biz portrays real businesses that are experiencing real challenges faced by many small businesses makes the series unique and valuable.
“By getting to the heart of these businesses and offering practical advice and guidance on how to address the issues they are facing, Nedbank Small Business Services is effectively extending the services of experienced business consultants to all South African business owners, which should prove invaluable to any aspirant, new or experienced business owners and entrepreneurs,” Ngundze said.
The first season, which will showcase 13 businesses, will follow the development of each business as the team of business consultants advises them on issues ranging from marketing, branding and production optimisation to effective fleet control, workplace ergonomics and financial management techniques.
The show will be aired weekly on etv at 5.30pm, on Wednesday, 15 September, with a repeat on Saturdays at 1.30pm.
“While each episode of Fix My Biz focuses on the challenges of an individual business, the practical advice will be of immense value to any other South African small enterprise as the tools provided via the show will equip entrepreneurs not only to overcome their own immediate business challenges, but also to position themselves for sustainable success and long-term profitability,” said Ngundze.
Nedbank Small Business Services will also be launching an online portal to give small business owners and aspirant entrepreneurs a platform from which to network and get information pertinent to their sector.
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