Season 2

Building & Selling a Social Media Powerhouse [S2 EP1]

Welcome to Season 2 of Making SMEs Matter, the top podcast for business owners in SA! Today I chat to Mike Stopforth, the the founder of social media powerhouse, Cerebra. Mike shares valuable lessons learned along the way, as well as advice for how business owners can crush social in 2019. Enjoy!

Season 1

The Power of Personality in Entrepreneurship EP.12

Influencers, Advertising and the Power of Storytelling in Business EP. 11

Mike Sharman shares how business owners can leverage the power of social media to build valuable relationships with their customers. Mike is the man behind Retroviral, an award-winning digital communications agency who have worked with the likes of Nando’s and RocoMamas.

Getting Cash for Your Business EP. 10

Don’t let cash flow kill your business… This week Eli Michal, the founder and CEO of Payabill, explains how their trade financing works and how you, the SME owner, can tap into it to scale your business and smoothen out your cash flow.

Hacks to Grow Your Business from a Serial Entrepreneur EP. 9

Greg Tinkler is the co-founder and owner of Slender You, a weight-loss brand that exploded onto the market last year. Having founded a marketing company beforehand, he shares incredibly valuable techniques that will help you increase sales today.

Ubuntu Baba Founder Fights Back Against Retail Giant Woolworths (LIVE Podcast #WeAreSME Event) EP.7

Founder of Ubuntu Baba, Shannon McLaughlin, shares her battle with retail giant Woolworths who were accused of copying and selling her baby carriers. This episode contains valuable lessons for SME owners who have been involved in Intellectual Property disputes.

Turning R5 Million Into a Budding Fitness Empire EP. 6

Tumi Phake, the founder and owner of Zenzele Fitness Group, shares his journey from working in a corporate bank to founding his own health and fitness brand. Tumi is a bright young entrepreneur with lots of wisdom to share, especially for those interested in the growing fitness industry.

Lessons From a Female Entrepreneur – From Teacher to Franchisor EP. 5

We get to know Carla Verster, the founder and owner of Carla’s Au Pairs – an international brand that places Au Pairs abroad. Carla shares her insights on being a female entrepreneur and the valuable lessons she’s learned over ten years.

Losing R1.4 Million in a Failing Franchise Business EP. 4

We speak to an entrepreneur who poured R1.4 million into a franchise business that is failing. Valuable lessons for franchisees or entrepreneurs running a business in the hospitality industry.

Building a Powerful Personal Brand and Opening SA’s Biggest Sports Bar with Rikus de Beer EP. 3

You might know my guest as the famous Jonathan from Radio Raps, but behind the character there is a great entrepreneur: Rikus. I was on his TV show last week. I wanted to share his story with you, so we created a podcast episode on the spot. He shared his lessons in building one powerful personal brand and also setting up the biggest sports bar in SA.

Talking Entrepreneurship with the Co-founders of Pineapple, SA’s Innovative Insurance Start-up EP. 2

This week I visited the co-founders of Pineapple, an innovative new tech start-up taking on the insurance industry with a completely new business model.

Life and Business After Receiving Funding on Shark Tank, Entrepreneur Vusi Ravele EP. 1

In this episode I catch up with Vusi Ravele, the first entrepreneur to receive funding on Shark Tank South Africa.