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Empowering SMEs

A Comprehensive Workshop for Business Success and Sustainability

Unlock Your Business Potential with Practical Knowledge, Tools, and Strategies

6 July 2023 | 08:30 – 16:00

Indaba Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg

Are You Ready to Thrive in Today’s Business Landscape?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face unique challenges in the rapidly evolving business environment. Join us for an immersive workshop designed to empower SMEs with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to stay relevant, grow their businesses, and ensure long-term sustainability.

Who Should Attend

  • SME owners seeking to grow and scale their businesses
  • Entrepreneurs looking for strategies to ensure long-term success and sustainability
  • Business professionals interested in learning about the key factors that drive SME success

Why Attend

  • Gain practical knowledge, tools, and strategies to help your SME thrive
  • Learn from real-world examples and success stories of other SMEs
  • Network with like-minded business professionals and exchange ideas
  • Acquire insights on important topics such as leveraging digital technologies, mental health in the workplace, and accessing finance
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills that can drive business growth and success

Workshop Outline:

1. Introduction and Overview

  • Welcome and introduction to the importance of future-fitting businesses
  • Key principles of future-fitting
  • Overview of the workshop agenda

2. Access to Finance for SMEs

  • Importance of access to finance for SMEs
  • Overview of the Access to Finance program and its benefits
  • Interactive session on different financing options and securing funding for business growth
  • Real-life examples of successful funding strategies for SMEs

3. Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

  • Importance of mental health in the workplace
  • Overview of the Mental Health Deep Dive program and its benefits
  • Interactive session on strategies for managing stress and burnout
  • Real-life examples of companies that prioritize employee mental health and its impact on productivity and employee satisfaction

4. Leveraging Digital Technologies for SMEs

  • Importance of digital technologies for SMEs
  • Overview of the Digital Hub program and its benefits
  • Interactive session on leveraging digital technologies for streamlining business processes and enhancing customer experience
  • Real-life examples of successful digital transformations in SMEs

5. Tapping into New Markets for Business Growth

  • Importance of tapping into new markets for business growth
  • Overview of the Access to Markets program and its benefits
  • Interactive session on tools and strategies for identifying and tapping into new markets, including export opportunities and partnerships
  • Real-life examples of successful market entry strategies for SMEs

6. Developing Entrepreneurship Skills for SMEs

  • Importance of entrepreneurship skills for SMEs
  • Overview of the Entrepreneurship Skills program and its benefits
  • Interactive session on developing key skills such as leadership, innovation, and problem-solving
  • Real-life examples of successful entrepreneurs and their key skills

7. The Power of Future Preparedness: How It Can Drive Industry Outperformance and Growth

  • Importance of future preparedness for SMEs
  • Overview of the concept of future preparedness and its benefits
  • Interactive session on identifying potential opportunities and threats, developing a strategic plan, and continuously adapting to new circumstances
  • Real-life examples of companies that have successfully implemented future preparedness strategies and their impact on growth and success

8. Conclusion and Next Steps

Recap of the workshop and key takeaways

  • Discussion on applying the knowledge, tools, and strategies learned to SMEs’ business growth and sustainability
  • Closing remarks and next steps for SMEs

Reserve your spot now and take the first step toward empowering your SME for success and sustainability!



Amount (excl. VAT)

SAIPA Members R1000
Non-members R1500
Trainees R500

Questions About The Event?

    Ravi VS: Founder, Invictus Leader

    CEO & Chief Foresight Strategist Foresight Strategist | Leadership Advisor, Consultant, Coach & Mechanic | Keynote Speaker | Human & Conceptual Skills Specialist | Board & C-suite Mentor & Advisor | Writer | Thinker

    Ravi, a leading authority in Strategic Foresight, Foresight Leadership, and Future Thinking. With over 30 years of experience working in 32 countries, Ravi has helped numerous organizations invent the future, develop strategies to take action on trends, and plan for the future of their businesses, individuals, or nations.

    As a consultant, coach, mentor, advisor, facilitator, and teacher, Ravi has worked with over 37 of the world’s most respected companies in 25 countries, providing invaluable insights into strategic foresight, foresight leadership, and future thinking. His extensive experience working with individuals and organizations across multiple countries has given him a deep understanding of how different cultural and organizational contexts can impact the effectiveness of strategic foresight and future thinking.

    Ravi’s expertise is focused on helping organizations anticipate and prepare for the future, using a combination of strategic thinking and leadership development. He has a unique ability to bring out the best in leaders and managers, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the future of their businesses.

    With over 1000 workshops experience coaching, mentoring, advisory, facilitation, and teaching, Ravi has helped more than 5000 individuals develop actionable strategies to prepare for the future. His approach has enabled companies to stay ahead of the curve and position themselves for success in a rapidly changing world. If you want to invent the future, develop strategies to take action on trends, and plan for the future of your business, individual, or nation, Ravi is the right person to help you. His experience and knowledge would be of great value to your organization, providing invaluable insights into strategic foresight, foresight leadership, and future thinking.

    Ashalia Maharajh – Founder & Director, Sivuka Youth (Pty) Ltd

    Ashalia is a power package – mom of three girls, wife, social entrepreneur, life coach, speaker and facilitator, moving through life with energetic ease. She leads with a powerful combination of intuition and logic and is extremely passionate about living a purpose driven life, neuroscience and mindful living. She has the uncanny ability to tap into an individual’s drive for purpose and motivation through dynamic and engaging sessions.

    Septi M. Bukula – Founder and Director, Rendzo Network Holdings

    Septi M. Bukula is the founder and director of Rendzo Network Holdings and an internationally recognised expert in the field of SME promotion, with particular focus on SME policy and ecosystem analysis and advisory. In 2011 Bukula was appointed by South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry to head up an expert panel established to conduct a national review of government’s support for small business, producing an authoritative report titled: Rethinking Small Business Support in South Africa. Bukula currently serves on the boards of Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) where he chairs the Growth & Transformation Committee, and TCI Network, an international body of industry clusters.

    Mduduzi Dladla – Chief Executive Officer, Accounting Instincts

    Mduduzi Dladla – CEO of Accounting Instincts Consultancy. Based in Johannesburg, Mduduzi has been instrumental in leading Accounting Instincts Consultancy through a strategic digital transformation journey, effectively future-proofing the firm in this digital era and ensuring its ongoing relevance and existence. Mduduzi is deeply passionate about accounting, finance, and data analytics, with a keen interest in nurturing the SMME’s ecosystem. Known for his collaborative spirit, he has effectively applied his knowledge and skills across diverse subject matters. Mduduzi promises to share valuable insights from his dynamic experience.

    Thandeka Dludla – Business Manager: SME , Old Mutual Corporate

    A qualified Accountant by profession, Thandeka has an uncanny affinity for figures, entrepreneurship and is a strategy driven problem-solver at heart. She has founded her own online vintagestop and her entrepreneurial spirit has landed her in her current position where she continues feeding her passion of entrepreneurship by assisting in the strategy development of solutions that could assist SMME’s scale through access to funding, access to market and improvement of business operations. She is also a board member of the African Women Chartered Accountants forum where she forms part of the Entrepreneurship Forum committee.

    Thomas Nyamvura – SAIPA Digital and Technology Officer

    Is a digital technology and leader with a passion for driving positive change through the use of technology. Currently working for SAIPA helping to harness the power of technology to drive business value. An excellent communicator who can fluently speak the languages of both people and technology, blending technical expertise with exceptional interpersonal skills. More than 15 years’ experience in enabling businesses deliver tangible value through the development of business strategy.