The First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) this week held the fourth Briznetwork broadcast seminar for over 100 FNBB customers under the theme ‘Small Business Opportunities to 2010 and Beyond’, which strengthened the bank’s relationship with small businesses in Botswana.
The seminar, which was held at the Grand Palm Auditorium, focused on the tools necessary for entrepreneurs to capitalize on business opportunities, and also introduced and unpacked information on how to identify, research and evaluate an opportunity.
The Biznetwork is a comprehensive entrepreneur’s support network aimed at specifically nurturing and advancing the spirit of entrepreneurship, explained Bomolemo Selaledi, Head of Marketing & Communications. Selaledi said this is possible through the provision of presentations of practical know-how and expertise across a range of key business areas including finance, marketing, legal, Human Resources and many more.
According to Selaledi, the presentations are done by top business entrepreneurs and experts so as to share best practices with other business people.
Benefits from Biznetwork include free instant membership to the light Biznetwork initiative, admission to quarterly seminars hosted by top business leaders who share best strategies for growing business successfully, and a monthly newsletter.
Another initiative is a business directory where business customers may list and make special offers to other Biznetwork members as well as a partner section that has special discounts from a variety of Biznetwork partners.
Selaledi disclosed that the Biznetwork membership gives customers an opportunity to the free access of the Biznetwork website, www.biznetwork.co.za. The website, Selaledi said, contains world-class business articles, motivational and tutorial videos, business tools and business forms. “It also offers interactive networking opportunities with other FNB customers who maybe operating in similar industry,” she said, further adding that the FNBB is working very closely with other key stakeholders who are keen to promote business developments in
“This includes partnership with Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) through which FNBB participates in training sessions for small businesses,” she stated. In this way, she said, the FNBB continues to contribute towards the development of businesses in Botswana with the partnership also creating an opportunity for FNBB business customers who are enrolled in LEA programs to access FNBB Biznetwork website using the LEA computer services in the LEA resource centers located throughout the country.
Selaledi said FNBB Business Banking is also in partnership with Women in Business Association (WIBA), and to this day the partnership works towards the promotion of women in businesses.