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…
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.
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 thought the course was extremely well presented. The presenters were enthusiastic and came across as very experienced and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the fact that it was presented in a cross-cultural environment which helped us to see things from each other’s perspective. The manner of presentation –the game- made the learning so easy and so much fun and yet what we learnt was so sound and useful. The practical was amazing for me – and not something I would ever have tried if I had not done the course. I was WAY out of my comfort zone. But it really taught me so much and grew me as a person as well as teaching me business skills.
I have benefitted a lot on this course. I have been challenged to start my own business using the small amount I will be having. Business is starting from small then you grow. I also learnt how to manage the business that is keeping the journal (Business, Savings and Expenses). I now know how to account every money I use in the business, my record keeping has been perfected. I am now very good at negotiating. It was a good course. I have learnt a lot. Thanks.
The workshop was an eye-opener. I certainly learnt a lot on how to manage a business. It is one of the best business trainings that exists, and simply because it is so practical.
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.
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.
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.
I learnt a lot in this Business Training. I did Business before, but I was never doing well. I guess that was because I never made a budget. I am so grateful for what I learned. In a Business it will always go up and down, but I know that I can handle that now, since I know how to save some money. And I saw as well that you don’t need big money to start a business, you can start small and work yourself up.
I have learnt in this business training things that I didn’t know before. For example how to keep records and make contracts, as well as saving, buying and selling. We thank our teacher and translator for their good insight.
Also I have learnt the importance of keeping records, and consulting when making decisions.
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.