COUNTDOWN TO THE CODES: Are you prepared?

Get ready for the new codes with Shanduka Blackpages 

We are on the verge of major change in enterprise and supplier development requirements as the legislative compliance to the amended Codes of Good Practice will come into effect on 1 May 2015. To assist in your preparation and that of your business; we have compiled a step-by-step guide on how the Shanduka Blackpages can add value through its various functionalities.

Step 1: Are you aware of the legislative requirements and impact of the amended BEE Codes? We have developed an online training course on the Codes that can be accessed free of charge by all registered SME members. The course comprises 4 modules with a supporting video and a quiz and should take no more than 60 minutes to complete.

Step 2: Does your business have a valid BEE certificate? Shanduka Blackpages, together with Empowerdex and Sage Pastel BEE123, are able to offer Shanduka Blackpages members with an annual turnover less than R10 million (according to the amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, gazetted October 2013), an Empowerdex affidavit at a discounted price of R855 (including VAT) including the free Softline Pastel software.

Step 3: Have you updated your business profile and uploaded all the supporting documentation? A high profile score increases the success of your business being identified in search results conducted by the professional buyer members on SBP.

Step 4: Do you understand your business funding requirements and have you contacted the SBP funding partners? The availability of finance assists in the formation of new businesses, and allows businesses to take advantage of opportunities to grow, employ local workers and in turn support other businesses and the economy as a whole. If you believe your business is ready to take on equity or debt financing, SBP can offer you access to a range of finance service providers who can potentially assist you with your business financing needs.

Step 5: Have you visited the SBP Grow Portal for assistance in business coaching and advice through our Meaningful Mentorship programme?

Step 6: Ready, Set, Supply! Your profile is up-to-date and you are now equipped with the knowledge and the tools on SBP and you have access to more than 4,700 corporate buyers within the broader Supply Chain Network community.

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