Business Blog: Be the best you can be!

This year has certainly flown and as we enjoy, with so much enthusiasm, the 2010 World Cup we can only but let that energy feed many other areas of our lives.

I have a personal philosophy in life, which I need to work on everyday, and that is to leave people better than I found them. It's not always easy as we are faced with many interesting and challenging characters in our lives but it is possible.

The wheel turns
Economic recovery taking hold

The economy is a massive machine with a number of smaller cogs. Once the smaller wheels are set in motion, the machine starts operating again. "The economy is a massive machine with a number of smaller cogs. Once the smaller wheels are set in motion, the machine starts operating again"
It seems as if the worst of the recent recession is over and SME decision makers can start to heave a sigh of relief.

The economy has not yet fully recovered, but the signs point to an upward trend. Unfortunately there are still some industries and geographic pockets that are struggling but analysts say that the worst is seemingly over.
In a good mood
Christo Botes, an Executive Director with private

The Entrepreneur of the Year® Project management team will be running workshops around the country during July to September 2010. The 7 workshops will cover pertinent topics for the South African Entrepreneur. The best treat though is that Michael Jackson (the other Michael Jackson) will be the guest speaker and MC for these events.

Ilesh Gopal, owner of the Tea and Coffee Emporium Ilesh Gopal, owner of the Tea and Coffee Emporium

EOY entrant: Coffee mania
Entrepreneur strikes black gold

There is a small and inconspicuous store in the Bedford Centre in Johannesburg.

At first glance, the Tea and Coffee Emporium does not stand out from the scores of other shops around it.

But, in between the milling mall crowds, there are a couple individuals making a beeline for it.

The proprietor, Ilesh Gopal, greets almost all of them by name. From memory, he is also able to reach for the right Arabica blend or Chinese green tea.

Money exchanges hands and the customer leaves

EOY entrant: Plant a seed
Entrepreneurs build the future

Hein Schuld and James Theron, directors of Plantech Associates Hein Schuld and James Theron, directors of Plantech Associates
When you have been around the block a couple of times, you learn the lay of the land.

You also learn that greed and sustainability are mutually exclusive.

Plantech Associates is a specialist consulting engineering firm and the Pretoria-based business has been around since 1981.

For someone like Managing Director Hein Schuld, the recent economic
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