The training that we provide is a simulation based business skills development tool masquerading as a game that simulates real market conditions and business scenarios in the training room.
We are using a Business training course called “BEST” which stands for “Business Expenses Savings Training” which was developed by the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship (SAIE).
The aims of our Business Sustainability Programme (BSP) are:
To assist entrepreneurs and graduates from our Business Training through the first year of running their business
To provide practical examples that can assist entrepreneurs to unlock challenges and implement sustainable solutions
The programme is for graduates of the training who desire to continue with the business that they started during the training or to begin a different one.
In order to increase our reach and impact, we have developed a model and process that enables us to train trainers
We have strict selection criteria and terms for partnership and so we seek to partner with like-minded individuals or organisations who are willing to comply with all aspects of our programme, content and values
Our Business Academy aims to equip entrepreneurs to plan, launch, grow and sustain businesses that will have a transforming impact on their stakeholder community.
It is for anyone who wants to start and run what is defined as a small or medium sized business as well as for graduates of the BEST training who have proven their ability to sustainably run a micro business and wish to step-up and grow their business…
· The practical was very useful in helping to put into action what was learned.
· There was a clear emphasis on understanding the business cycle as well as keeping records.
· A clear notion of some variables that affect a business was introduced.
· A lot was learned in a fun way and that really was the crown of the training course.
Business is important. You can have a successful business when you are determined in what you are doing. In business you can make good friends, and you also have food on the table.
I really enjoyed the training – it taught me and it was very practical. I learnt the things practically and it helped to bring a business perspective to my thinking. Things that I thought were hard and difficult to do unless you had been to a university or business college, I could now learn here at the training. I would suggest that we have a follow up group to meet to enrich our learning where we can share our business experiences and keep ourselves updated. It would also be good to have a platform where we can get assistance to those who are involved in business.
I have learnt the five steps of business, which are planning, purchasing, adding value selling and analysing. I have also learnt on advertising and that I need to do my business where more people pass and are able to view my products. I have benefited a lot from this training, because I will be able to plan well now, to know what type of customers I need to have and what I should spend and save.
Also I have learnt the importance of keeping records, and consulting when making decisions.
It also taught me that when you are in business – how to treat your customer, how to save money in the bank and the way to use money.
I like the training because it taught me the advantages and disadvantages of business. It also gave me an experience in business (in the practical time).
BEST Entrepreneurship Training program was a very interesting subject for me. I feel I am going to run a business with a different concept in future. I have tried many businesses and sadly I found them all bankrupt or closing down. But BEST has helped me to understand that planning of a business is critical, investing and adding value and selling and analysing your business puts more insights in how I can grow and run a business successfully, even with very little money. The practice of budgeting and purchasing or selling of goods was the BEST I had. Thank you for this rich program.
1. I learned how to invest money
2. I learned how to put money in the bank
3. I learned how to run a business
4. I learned how to save money
5. I learned how to develop a business
6. I learned how to get and decide about a loan
This training was a great help to me because I started a business before and it failed. So with Epic Solutions I learnt about the risk of business, and about “LifeCards” which taught things that happen in real life. Epic Solutions taught me a lot about planning and record-keeping. I realise that part of why my business failed before was because I was not doing those things. I also learnt that if things don’t work out then try an alternative. Really of you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
In this business training we have learnt many things. I personally have learnt and gained information on how businesses begin.
I learned about the Business Cycle. There are 3 things that I understood during the training: Business capital, savings & home expenses budgeting. We have to budget and we have to put this into account when planning the customers, price & the place. With marketing I learnt that you should know the manufacturing price and the demand of your customers. The selling place can at home or in the market. But it is best at home when you are starting as you save on rent.In your business you have to persevere, to love your customers and also to fear God. Also it is important that the business must help all the people. Every day you must keep the records and at the end do the analysis of your business.
I have learned that you don’t have to wait for a lot of money to start a business, even a small money can start. I’ve learned also to be careful of my plans about business, like to put records every time if the money go in and out. I did not know how to calculate money for business, expenses and savings but I do now. I’ve learned to sign a contract always if I make an agreement with someone about business. I also have learned that treating customers nice is the most essential thing in business. You don’t always agree in business.