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BUILD Mag June 2023

A free resource for small business owners. Includes business tips and ideas, lifestyle content, small business features, quick lunch ideas and more

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Editor's Note

Another month, another workshop! It has been such a rich experience working

with so many women from such varied industries. While I facilitate these

workshops and share my knowledge and experience, the greater learning has

been what I have taken away from these incredible women-owned businesses.

BUILD is creating the much needed space to help micro women owned

businesses understand their businesses and navigate the plethora of

challenges and external conditions. Our BUILD Network members receive all of

the training and business development consultations absolutely free, as part of

BUILD's commitment to making resources, tools and knowledge accessible to

small businesses.

Why women? If there is something that I have learnt personally, from doing

these sessions with these ladies is that the landscape for men and women is

vastly different. In addition to the usual challenges that women deal with in

terms of running a business, they have added complications to contend with -

this varies from clients and customers who don't take them seriously and

ignore making payment; to suppliers not keeping to their commitments and

giving other businesses preference. And the only way they are able to get

anywhere with this, is to enlist the help of a male family member or friend to

resolve it. How is this acceptable? How have we come this far and still have

these kind of issues to deal with? The women I work with have been secondguessed

in terms of their capability, some have to contend with spouses and

partners who think they are wasting their time and cannot create value.

And having said all that, and all the challenges they face - these are the women

who employ people from their communities, who give of their time and money

to social causes. Who are always willing to give back.

Thus far we have built strong business foundations and skills. We have worked

together on growth strategies and we are transforming those into action plans.

Help me, empower these women. Your Enterprise Development support can

make deep and meaningful impact.

Zainab

Just changing the world. Nothing fancy...

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