Small business support
Locally driven business support
The local business community is well organised in the Buffalo City. For more information on local business support and networking, take a look at the information provided below:
Border Kei Chamber of Business
Founded in 1877, the Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) is the recognised “Voice of Business” in the region, working to create an enabling environment for economic activity and a platform for business to flourish.
Headquartered in East London/Buffalo City with offices in Queenstown, the Border-Kei Chamber of Business is a not-for-profit, a-political, a-religious, membership based organisation which counts over 700 businesses as members in good standing representing the private sector, thought leaders and academic institutions from a wide array of sectors.
National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) is an independent and non-profit business support organisation primarily, but not exclusively, serving the black community. Its main objective is to promote and encourage the development of black business in South Africa and thereby draw the black majority into economic activity and decision making. It aims to promote a spirit of co-operation and unity among black business people, to encourage self-help in the black community and full participation in the economy of the country.
For more information, take a look at NAFCOC Eastern Cape .
Business Women's Association of South Africa
The Businesswomen's Association of South Africa (BWASA) is the largest and most prominent association of business and professional women in the country. It plays a key role in highlighting the current status of women in leadership and acts as a lobby group that advocates on women's business issues in an effort to transform the economy.
For more information, take a look at the BWA East London branch .
Black Management Forum
The Black Management Forum was founded in 1976, with the main purpose of influencing socio-economic transformation of South Africa, in pursuit of socio-economic justice, fairness and equity.
The organisation stands for the development and empowerment of managerial leadership primarily amongst black people within organisations and the creation of managerial structures and processes, which reflect the demographics, and values of the wider society.
For more information, take a look at the BMF website .
Business Network Initiative
BNI is the world largest business referral network. There are six local chapters operational in the East London area.
For more information, take a look at the BNI East London chapter list .
GBR4U Pty Ltd.
GBR4U is an acronym for Generating Business Referrals for You. GBR4U (Pty) Ltd is a business referral networking group in the East London area.
The Local Yokel is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with the constituted aim of educating consumers and business on the need to support Local, Independent Businesses first.
More information can be found at www.localyokel.co.za