Access to Finance – What do you Need to Get your Business Ready?

Applying for funding takes time, and time is usually the very thing you don’t have when you’re needing finance. It makes sense then that you should do everything possible before engaging lenders to be finance ready Good preparation on the part of the finance seeker quickens the application process. Knowing what lenders need from you is vital to knowing what …

Durban Entrepreneurs Club: September Guest Speaker Finfind’s CEO Darlene Menzies

Guest speaker at the September Durban Entrepreneurs Club event was award winning serial entrepreneur, Darlene Menzies the CEO of Finfind and a pioneer in the South African tech space. Introducing Darlene, Grant Gavin, Founder of the D.E.C said that it was because of the calibre of speakers at these monthly events that had seen the club’s considerable growth.  “We are …

Darlene Menzies Blows the Kudu Horn to Open Trading on the JSE

Darlene Menzies, CEO, technology innovator, entrepreneur and business guru, was recently announced as one of the most Inspiring 50 women in Africa. Menzies, along with five other women from the Inspiring 50, attended the opening of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) this morning, 31 August. This was a significant event, showcasing how women are becoming increasingly involved and pivotal in …

#Leaderex2017 – The Biggest Highlights And Lessons

South Africa’s biggest startup conference #Leaderex2017 has come and gone. Held today at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, the event has become something of an annual tradition for many entrepreneurs and business execs. The focus this year was on innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship with many of the masterclasses focusing on what the future holds for businesses, and how to prepare for it Read more …

Can you get SME Finance if you have a Bad Credit Record?

Most traditional finance institutions are not prepared to consider funding a small business if the business or the business owner has a bad credit record.  Fortunately, there are still some options open to you and it may be possible to raise the financing you need. Why lenders use credit scores Lenders use credit scores (for both the business and the …