Doing business in Knysna

Running a successful small business involves more than just working for yourself. Before you leap in you need to consider three important aspects:

  • Will the business satisfy your needs?
  • Do you have enough skills to run the business?
  • Do you have a sound business proposition?

Experience suggests you are more likely to succeed if there is a good match between your business venture and your skills, interests and motivations.

Tips for start-ups:

  • Learn as much as you can about your proposed business. Use networks like business associations and ask questions.
  • Be realistic about the effort, time and money it will take.
  • Keep accurate financial and customer records from the start.
  • Find a good accountant, lawyer, banker and insurance agent.

You can also find detailed information about how to start your business and more by visiting any one of the library business corners located at all public libraries in the Knysna Municipal area i.e. Knysna CBD, Hornlee, Masifunde, Sedgefield etc. An excellent online resource which can be used for more tips and info is http://www.smetoolkit.org

The small business strategy (2005-2014) published by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), emphasises limited co-ordination on SMME support programmes as one of the shortfalls on SMME development in the country. The SMME Directory is developed with the intention to strengthen integration of SMME support programmes offered by government, private sector and donor institutions.  This is a good point of reference for any entrepreneur.

Knysna Municipality provides key assistance to businesses in conjunction with SEDA and is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy; design and implement a standard and common national delivery network for small enterprise development; and integrate government-funded small enterprise support agencies across all tiers of government. The following links will provide more information and resources for new and existing businesses from SEDA.

http://www.seda.org.za/MyBusiness/SEDATalk/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.seda.org.za/MyBusiness/SEDAStart/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.seda.org.za/MyBusiness/SEDABuild/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.seda.org.za/MyBusiness/SEDAGrow/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

Contact Manager Economic Development:

Ms Ilse van Schalkwyk
Telephone: +27 (0)44 302 6358
Email: ivanschalkwyk@knysna.gov.za

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    Events on June 29, 2017
    Finance Governance and Economic Development Committee Meeting
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Finance Governance and Economic Development Committee Meeting
    Events on June 30, 2017
    Technical Services Committee Meeting
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Technical Services Committee Meeting
    Events on July 7, 2017
    Oyster Festival entrepreneurship market day
    Starts: 12:00 am Ends: July 17, 2017 - 12:00 am Location: Oyster Festival entrepreneurship market day Description: Oyster Festival entrepreneurship market day
    Events on July 27, 2017
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Events on August 8, 2017
    Planning and Integrated Human Settlements Committee
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Planning and Integrated Human Settlements Committee
    Events on August 10, 2017
    Finance Governance and Economic Development Committee
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Finance Governance and Economic Development Committee
    Events on August 15, 2017
    Community Services Committee Meeting
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Community Services Committee Meeting
    Events on August 16, 2017
    Technical Services Committee Meeting
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Technical Services Committee Meeting
    Events on August 27, 2017
    Mayoral Committee Meeting
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Knysna, South Africa Description: Mayoral Committee Meeting