Bukani, the Managing Director of Black Excellence, said the programme empowered her as an entrepreneur with many critical skills to successfully run her business. “Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey and without the necessary support, it’s easy to give up. But through this programme, I had the privilege of networking with other entrepreneurs and we shared each other’s journeys and, in the process, created a solid networking platform. “The mentorship was the greatest source of inspiration because it has helped us to traverse the challenges of running a business and how to overcome them. From here onwards, I foresee exponential growth in my business and hopefully I will be able to create more employment for the Bay’s youth because currently, opportunities are quite few,” Bukani said. Events Events at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber keep business owners up to date and informed on a wide variety of topics affecting business in Nelson Mandela Bay. Regular networking functions offer business owners the chance to make new professional contacts. The Business Chamber’s flagship events – the Annual Business Chamber Golf Day, the Annual Ladies’ Breakfast and the Annual Banquet – are highlights on the Bay’s business and social calendar. Publications and marketing As another value-added service to members, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber provides members with a variety of publications across print and electronic platforms, including our quarterly printed member magazine, Infocom, and the printed annual Business Guide. Help desk In line with its vision of providing an enabling environment for business, the Business Chamber set up an Ease of Doing Business help desk in 2018. The help desk assists members through reducing red tape and engaging with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro regarding these members’ obstacles in conducting business. The Business Chamber also engaged with the city’s leadership in 2018 towards the goal of establishing a One Stop Shop for existing and potential investors and will continue these engagements in this year (2021). Research unit The Business Chamber established an in-house cluster research unit in 2018. Its aim is to identify several catalytic projects that can be marketed to investors and contribute to the development of key sectors. The unit provides a library of business intelligence and insights for the development of essential clusters.
The Feather Market Centre has been repurposed as a modern conference centre in the heart of Gqeberha. Credit: Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism Certificates of Origin A Certificate of Origin is a document which states the origin of goods being exported and this “origin” is a key requirement for applying tariffs and other important criteria. As an accredited provider of this service, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber signs Certificates of Origin and offers exporters the opportunity to certify electronically through the ECOO system. Corporate Social Investment Because the majority of our membership’s workforce is based in the city, the region of Nelson Mandela Bay is the direct beneficiary of their Corporate Social Investment programmes – including skills development initiatives, bursaries and scholarships. Many of our member companies significantly contribute to alleviating poverty and specifically unemployment in the region of Nelson Mandela Bay through various initiatives purposed to grow the local economy. ■
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