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Small business growth: How to court investors

“Investor wanted. Small mining business. Great potential for growth.”— Advertisements like this one are common in the Business Opportunities classifieds section of daily newspapers these days. There comes a time in most successful businesses when the need arises for outside funding. Some owners avert that need by maintaining their businesses at small levels. One research study revealed that the vast …

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Zimbabwe Needs Own Spider Web

By Darlington Musarurwa WITH more than 80 percent of goods on retail shelves having been imported and Zimbabwebabwe serving as a huge “cash till” for South African manufacturers, policymakers are now raising concerns over the impact on local industries and the need to refocus energies towards promoting local brands.

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Key attributes to small business success

By Phillip Chichoni Last week I highlighted the importance of effective marketing as one of the key attributes to business success. The next important attribute is the development of new products and services, or innovation. This is the second revelation from our survey of selected small business owners.

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Mind shift is the real policy !

RESPONSES to last week’s piece on the industrial policy have been enriching, with many suggesting that the launch of the policy only solves half the challenges bedevilling all sectors of the economy, particularly manufacturing. The need to shift mindsets is one critical aspect that has to be grasped if the economy is to achieve real GDP growth this year and …

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Strategic Planning Essential Even For SMEs

By Phillip Chichoni One of the top 10 business books for 2010, according to the international management consultancy firm Booz & Company, is entitled Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation authored by Steven Johnson. This book asserts that innovation is a social act and a team effort. Johnson argues that most great ideas, and world changing …

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Modelling your business for success

By Phillip Chichoni Steven owns three businesses in Manicaland. When I asked him how he was enjoying success, he gave a rather disappointing answer. Steven told me that contrary to misconceptions about entrepreneurship by “consultants and writers” like myself, starting and running a business is not all rosy and fun. Instead of financial freedom, working when you want and controlling …

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Choose business partners with caution

By Chemist Mafuba – The Herald, Zwe Title: Kutungana kwembudzi: Mutambo wechiShona Author: Nicholas Mwanaka Language: Shona Publisher: Benaby Print and Publishers Pages: 52 ISBN: 177926 011 3 Edition: Hardcover IN the play Kutungana kwembudzi, Nicholas Mwanaka shows you how to pick out characteristics of people you want to go into business with. “I know Hazvinei very well,” said Mandy. …

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The Essence of Leadership

By Rabison Shumba Many people desire the title of leader but have little or no understanding of what this calls them to become. Leadership is not a game of poker neither is it something you can play with. Leadership shapes the atmosphere and culture of an organization. The poorer the leaders, the less effective the organization becomes. Good leaders have …

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You got a plan? Just do it!

by Tafirenyika Makunike CREATINGwealth through asset creation is a practical subject which is developed by living it. Several people have written e-mails to me over a number of weeks the column has been in existence and most of them are ardent disciples of Robert Kiyosaki and would also like me to pin my mast on him and serialise his strategies. …

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Unlimited Opportunities for the Small Budget Entrepreneurs

By Phillip Chichoni If you think it takes money to make money, Nomsa has news for you. Fifteen years ago she started business with only a wheelbarrow that she used to carry vegetables and fruits to the neighbourhood market. Through saving and reinvesting her income, Nomsa has built a US$2 million (in annual revenues) enterprise, with operations in food manufacturing, …

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