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Start up information

We all want to know how to write a good business plan… should the need arise.

Some South Africa information here too.
The Government of South Africa actually has quite a few initiatives for business development.

http://www.bplans.com/

http://196.29.134.193/seda/index.asp

http://www.business-plan-help.com/

http://www.planware.org/bizplan.htm

www.myownbusiness.org

quicken.com

www.sba.gov/starting_business/startup/basics.html
http://www.freelegaldocs.co.za – Legal South Africa documents

Government Initiatives for Small/Medium businesses

Glad to see they are attempting to help business with starting up and guidance with business plans etc.

ORGANISATION
SUPPORT OFFERED
CONTACT
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
RED Door A one-stop shop for new and existing businesses looking for assistance and advice. Eight RED Door Advice Centres around the province.
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Tourism Business Development Unit Advice and support for tourism businesses, including 22 Tourism Business Help Desks around the province. 6th Floor Waldorf Building, St George’s Mall, Cape Town
021 483 8726
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Agri-business Support A wide variety of support, training and information for all farmers. Agriculture Western Cape: Elsenburg
021 808 5111
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Umsobomvu Youth Fund A national government project to create opportunities for youth employment and youth entrepreneurship. Business Development Support Vouchers enable clients to buy business support services from approved service providers. Open for Business
The Business Place, 6 Anton Anreth Arcade (behind SARS-building in Hans Strydom)
021 425 7816
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Small Enterprise Development Agency A project of the national Department of Trade and Industry to support small businesses. They offer comprehensive support and advice on all aspects of running a business, and provide links to finance providers. National Call Centre: 0860 103703
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PRIVATE SECTOR AND NGO SUPPORT
Cape Craft and Design Institute Offers advice, training, networking and exhibition support for any business involved in the craft and design industry. Cape Peninsula University of Technology
021 460 3982
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Clotex Offers a wide range of training for the clothing and textile industry. Clotex also has information on legal issues, finance, computer skills and technology. 15 Lower Hope Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town
021 686 0522
Cape IT Initiative CITI is a regional trade association, networking body and a promotion agency for the ICT industry. It runs a number of mentoring and support projects for small IT companies. Bandwidth Barn, 125 Buitengracht St, Cape Town
021 409 7000
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Business Partners A specialised investment company for SMMEs, offering finance, property management, mentorship, consulting and on-going business support through industry-specific units. 60 Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town
021 464 3600
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Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Provides advice and training for entrepreneurs, as well as helping to find finance. UCT Graduate School of Business
021 406 1440
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Entrepreneurship Development Unit Provides a variety of training and support services. University of the Western Cape, Cape Town
021 959 2240
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Matie Gemeenskapdiens (Community Service) Offers support and training including basic business skills for women entrepreneurs and people with disabilities. Tygerberg and Stellenbosch
021 808 3645
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Business Beat Helps entrepreneurs to identify viable business opportunities and develop their business skills. 50 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town
021 448 9075
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NICRO Business Centre Provides training and support for people wanting to start their own small businesses, especially former offenders, families of offenders and victims of crime. Finance services and micro loans are also available. Mitchells Plain, Cape Town
021 397 6063
Micro Enterprise Network of NGOs (MENNGOS) Provides training, support and networking for all small businesses, including a "Women Supporting Women" network. 12 Spin St, Cape Town
021 461 4642
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Zenzele Trains unemployed people in welding, woodwork, sewing, catering and tourism. It helps graduates to form co-operatives, and also provides business development and incubation services. New Crossroads and Khayelitsha, Cape Town
021 361 1840
INFORMATION SERVICES
Library Business Corners Business Corners are available at most libraries in the Western Cape and provide a wide range of books, pamphlets and other information resources, as well as a place to display your business cards and products.

Library Business Corners office
021 488 3400
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SBP SBP provides research and development services to promote strategic partnerships and a better regulatory environment for business growth in Africa. They have a range of useful publications. 79 Oxford Road, Saxonwold, Johannesburg
011 486 0797
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BIG News An independent newspaper and website specifically to help business owners grow their businesses and create jobs. Regional supplements are published in Gauteng and the Western Cape. 3rd floor, 37 Strand St, Cape Town
021 426 5203
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capegateway.gov.za – Awesome user friendly government site for all information you need in Cape Town regarding everything. Who ever initiated this deserves a big vote.

Feasability Study

Usually you need a plan to start a business if you want to approach people for funding or help or partnership.

  • Feasibility study – on Endeavor.co.za
  • Venture Capital in South Africa

    America seems to have quite a few of these type of “angels” who put money into companies. I must admit, some of the things they invest in look really bad. But I guess they have to put the money somewhere.

    In South Africa, there are some organizations that help entrepreneurs and so on.