SMME Programme

bLACK SUPPLIER READINESS CONFERENCE
TUESDAY 19 MAY 2020

08:30

Registration

08:45

Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:00

WELCOME ADDRESS

09:15

Know Your Business: How to Prepare Your Business to be Contract ‘Ready’

– Developing a working formula (right time, right quality, right price)

– Maintaining Profitability (sustainability)

– Making your business attractive to buyers in the public or corporate development

09:45

How to Better Access Development Finance: What are the Development Finance Institutions Looking for Before Funding?

– You are your credit’s worst nightmare – You can’t say the business has its own credit life!

– A Business Plan does not equal automatic funding – Financial history and ability to deliver does 

– Build a good financial management routine to attract  funding opportunity

10:15

How to Better Access Your Market: Understanding Market Demand (Private and Public Sector) and How You Become the Preferred Supplier
– Positioning your organisation in accordance with the buyer’s demands
– Answering ‘Questions’ or closing the ‘Gaps’ in the market (don’t be a sheep – Innovate)
– Know your legislation: How do you leverage on the provisions made possible through BEE and PPPFA?

10:45

Use Technology to Stay Ahead of Your Business Peers: How You Can Use Digital Tools to Enhance Your Competitive Advantage
– Digital presence – are you technologically relevant, and reachable
– Using technology to achieve business efficiency (Financial systems, Payroll, Time management, Project management)

11:15

MID-MORNING REFRESHMENTS AND NETWORKING

11:45

Panel discussion: Grow your business: How to start, grow and sustain a small business in tough economic times
– How to remain in a corporate and government supply chains
– How to develop into a self sustaining supplier
– How do you as a business drive your own growth

12:30

LUNCH AND CLOSE OF SMART SUPPLIER CONFERENCE

16:30

COCKTAIL OPENS