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Working with you to turn your business adventure into a sustainable venture…

The Business Place Network is the only small business development support centre to coordinate and group all SME players in South and southern Africa under one umbrella. Offering entrepreneurs instant access to assistance, the network has been designed to enable maximum impact, growth and leverage of SMMEs through its holistic eco-system approach.

As a one-of-a-kind network, TBPN provides SMEs with the products, services and skills that they require. Partnering with key players in the enterprise and supplier development space, we’re able to “connect” entrepreneurs with these specialists – helping them plot a sustainable course for the start-up or growth of their businesses and realise their business dreams.

About The Business Place…a network of small business support centres

TBPN offers entrepreneurs the convenience of one-stop shop walk-in centres strategically located across the country. Upon entering one of the centres, entrepreneurs are immediately directed to reception where an experienced member of staff ascertains their needs.

They are then referred to an appropriate co-location partner at that specific network where they receive targeted assistance.

Core services offered to entrepreneurs include:

- Coordinated business support;

- Incubation;

- Mentorship;

- Market linkages; and

- Financing interventions.

TBPN also assists entrepreneurs with tender application processes, assisting them to unlock opportunities in the public and private sector.

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The Business Place Network’s model is brought to life through the combination of supporting partnerships with government and corporates, and co-locating partnerships with players in the enterprise and supplier development space.

Co-locating partners are located at each site and are on hand to advise, support and enable entrepreneurs.


TBPN also partners with corporates and public sector players to:

- Develop and implement tailored enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programmes

- Provide independent monitoring and evaluation services for existing programmes

- Facilitate funding

- Unlock market linkages

The model

The business place