Section 1 – Annual report for The Germiston Business Linkage Centre, operating as part of SECOB
Annual report for 2013
Our vision is to be a dedicated focused hub of excellence, providing the highest quality of business advice, easily accessible and relevant market information, and to become the preferred supplier of business linkage services and job creation projects in Ekurhuleni.
Our primary mission is to develop local emerging contractors to become sustainable businesses that can compete in the market place and further create jobs and by doing so stimulate the growth of the local economy. In addition, our mission is to enable existing members of SECOB and other companies in Ekurhuleni to participate effectively in the process of enterprise development
Our core value is to treat all participants in the business linkage programme with respect, fairness and to handle any proprietary information shared with the Centre in the strictest confidence.
True to our goal we have succeeded in creating a positive environment that fosters local economic development through our involvement with the LED network, Development tribunal and the Developers' forum.
We have developed 8 local black entrepreneurs /contractors to become sustainable businesses that can compete in the market place through training them and taking them through a mentorship programme in business skills, tender procedures, cash flow management, and marketing, sales, and skills development.
We have assisted them in creating jobs by getting them to first comply with the tender requirements and to quote for smaller projects at Ekurhuleni, under R250 000.
We have also spoken to our members and are in the process of putting forward proposals to them on utilizing their enterprise development on the BBBEE scorecard, as well as corporate social development, which will enable them to achieve the points they need to improve their rating.
Enterprise development is according to us the key to poverty alleviation and the impact in the longer term change in the community as a whole and their lives will have ongoing beneficial consequences. We feel that although the majority of the jobless have low skill sets and education levels the situation can be turned around with the help of the private sector, as this will also reduce unemployment. We want to use this opportunity to elevate, empower and inspire. SECOB also emphasized the importance of local procurement to them to enable the trained Business Linkage members to offer them their services.
Secob Business linkage centre members are now in a position to support their own families and own/rent a house through their success in business.
Our main fundraising activities are:
- A golf day from which the Business Linkage benefit
- We are looking at training for our members at a much reduced rate. We train for exports, frontline staff, marketing, leadership, compliance with BEE and SME-related training.
- A conference for small business