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…
It takes the mystery out of business It has a good level of competition and energy in the training as it is a game-style programme.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed the training even though it was a bit hard for me to do all the calculation. This training helped a lot on the budgeting part (business, domestic, and saving)
Firstly I’d like to say WOW!
In a space of a month I got to experience how it feels like running a business, I got to learn how to skillfully negotiate a good contract, keep records, know when to increase prices, know when to keep them at a constant price and how to save. When I think of this course I then see how they made it relate to life as a whole especially the “life cards” but overall I should say it was a fun and exciting learning experience. I would now surely advise someone to take it, it will surely benefit them.
Having learned theory at school,
· the training focuses a lot on practicals. It does make it easier to start a business to run it.
· It focusses on the most important factors of business:
o Invest in your business
o Reduce you expenses
o Save for your business
· One can take ownership, have control of your business, know what is happening and be accountable
· I can definitely refer everyone to do it Indeed, I do not regret attending it, it is an investment.
· Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
· I can also be called in if there are new students to show them I am a living proof of BES.
I learned how to invest money and how to use business money. It is very important to know how much money you need to start a business and how much will spend.
The B.E.S.T. training is priceless. I love working in a business environment and the things I learnt in this course has prone to be vital, not just for me, but for any individual who desires to use his/her money more wisely and to be a good steward of it. This course reminded me about the importance of recording everything you buy and sell and the importance of keeping receipts. I wish this course could be offered to scholars as I believe it will be a huge benefit in their lives and aid them in becoming independent earlier in their lives and think beyond the short-term ideas of just spending.
I have learnt that one have to make a budget for everything, keep personal money and business money separate. In order to run a good business you have to find the right place, advertise if possible, keep records for everything and see whether you are making a profit or not. I have enjoyed the course, it was fun and interesting. I think I have learned a lot and that will help me run a better business. Sometimes the business can’t go according to plan.
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.
Aspects of the business operation
Importance of keeping records
Having a business plan that is solid.
Understand the nature of the business you do.
Management of cash flow
Selling of different products
Place where you run the business must be viable.
Customizing of product for marketing
More product you sell, more money you make.
Good customer service
Keep records up to date.
I like the training because it is fun and wonderful.
It taught me more things on how to run your business. That you must not keep your money at home, and to be wise in each and everything you do.
· 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.