Local entrepreneurs gather at Moses Molelekwa

Tembisa residents and the surrounding areas packed at Moses Molelekwa during the business seminar of Chamber of Entrepreneurship and Biz Expo hosted at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre.

Above two-hundred local entrepreneurs flocked to Moses Molelekwa Art Centre during the business seminar of Chamber of Entrepreneurship and Biz Expo recently.

The event was organised by Lij Events Hub, founded in 2016 by local resident Thabang Mabale.

Members from Standard Bank, Vukamusha Foundations, eKasi Entrepreneurs, Xtreme Servants, 4rex24/5, EWC Centre for Management and motivational speaker and life coach Katlego Boikanyo attended the seminar.

Members of Chamber of Ententrepreneurship and Biz Expo at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre. In front, Thabang Mabale the founder of Lij Events Hub.

According to Mabale, the event was aimed at educating youth on how to start and sustain a business.

Entrepreneurs had an opportunity to exhibit and sell their products to the attendees.

“We want to connect Tembisa upcoming entrepreneurs and existing ones to interact for business growth and promote economic growth in the area,” said Mabale.

The Chamber of Entrepreneurship and Biz Expo is an empowered corporate event by Lij Events Hub aimed at promoting economic growth and social entrepreneurship in Tembisa.

Saneliso Khumalo, an Entrepreneurship programme manager at EWC Centre for Management addressing attendees at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre recently.

Mabale said when he founded Lij Events Hub, it was after he carefully studied mistakes made by other entertainment companies whereby some of their past events and promotional campaigns were unsuccessful because of improper planning, control, leading and organising.

His vision was to create a respectable black initiated professional multi-disciplinary event management offer and full equipment hire.

Speaking at the seminar, Saneliso Khumalo, an entrepreneurship programme manager at EWC Centre for Management, encourage the local entrepreneur to capacitate themselves and stop being lazy when they want to venture into business and read as much as possible.

“Our centre assists people from the idea stage to the funding level. It’s imperative for our people to interact with us if they need assistance. Yes, it is very difficult for an individual to go and knock at a certain door, however, if you come to us we are going to make sure you are ready for the funding that you might require.

As a centre, w are able to link you to the necessary funders,” said Khumalo. Khumalo added he was extremely impressed with the response of the Tembisans to the seminar. “One aspect that our entrepreneurs fail to do, is to check with their customers regularly (after sale service). People don’t care about their customers after they sold something to them. In order to be able to sustain your business, you need to do follow ups with your customers and this will help you make repetitive sales,” said Khumalo.

Some entrepreneurs exhibiting their products during the seminar.

One of the attendees, Phillip Tuludi Mokgwadi said, “I believe in giving a real opportunity to young South Africans, with genuine authority and responsibility. I believe in building our Nation not only with bricks and mortar but with the powerful spark that comes from unity,” explains Mabale.” This event gave us “Proceed movement production” an opportunity to meet with our target market from which we also learnt a lot on how to sustain our business.

Meanwhile aspiring entrepreneur, Ndivhonisiwani Mudzanani said, “Words alone cannot be able to even begin to express how grateful and appreciative I am right now.”

Malebo Tseke

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