If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, listen up!
Have you heard of The Cause Conversations, an online series that brings together disruptors, leaders and changemakers to discuss and solve societies biggest issues? You’re invited to the next Cause Conversation, taking place on 20 May at 7pm. Sign up right here —> https://www.facebook.com/pg/tablefor7/events/!
Our theme for May is Small Business Survival.
In a matter of weeks, coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a devastating impact on small businesses across the country. As they’re responsible for the employment of between 50-60% of South Africa’s work force and contribute to approx. 34% of GDP, it is now more crucial than ever to provide the support and guidance they need.
The conversations will be curated by Brand and Behavioral expert Timothy Maurice Webster and the outcomes will be packed in a Podlet (a 3-5mins podcast with key take-aways) that can be shared broadly.
The best part? You, the audience, can also download a toolkit and host you own Cause Conversations at home with friends to go on and submit solutions to society’s biggest issues and go on to win prizes.
How can you take part?
1. Watch the live cause conversations
2. Invite your friends to create your OWN cause conversation
3. Submit your ideas for solutions
Go to http://www.tablefor7.co.za/to learn more!
On that note!
Try these simple yet effective ways to support the SME community during lockdown:
- Purchase gift cards for use after this crisis– Some local businesses offer gift cards online for various products and services. Or enquire from your favourite small local business whether they can provide gift cards. By purchasing these online gift cards now, your gesture provides the business with desperately needed cash flow to make it through these hard times. It also provides some hope for the future.
- Try and reschedule appointments, don’t cancel– While it is uncertain how long the current situation will last, instead of cancelling appointments rather reschedule in an effort to show your loyal support. Having the reassurance that they have business appointments lined-up when the situation ends will go a long way to boost morale.
- Spread the word–Tell your friends, colleagues, neighbours and family about your favourite small business and their services and products, especially if they are operating remotely during this period. By spreading the word, you can create interest and future support. If possible, share details about your experiences with the business and promote their website, and relevant social media platforms with your network.
- Share a positive review– Take some time to leave a positive review online of your favourite small business. This will be a boost of confidence for the business owner and help spread the word of the business offering.
- Communicate and connect– Stay in contact with your favourite small business owners and entrepreneurs that you know well. Check-in on them, offer to listen, or simply say thank you – this can go a long way.