Off to the races! Entrepreneur body reaches out to KZN business owners

04 March 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202018251

SMME Development & Support

“THE road of an entrepreneur is a lonely one and the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) provides an important platform to learn and grow and knowledge share,” Shilpa Mehta, the incoming president of the Durban chapter of the international organisation, told guests at its Evening at the Races event held a Durban’s Greyville racecourse recently.

The function, which allowed members and their guests to not only watch some night races but also network and listen to the inspirational keynote address by Johannesburg based public speaker, Richard Wright, emphasised that it is possible to overcome insurmountable challenges, which is particularly important when navigating the difficult economic landscape in which South Africa finds itself.

Wright shared how he successfully faced down some of life's biggest challenges – including stage four brain cancer while competing in some of the world’s toughest endurance events - overcoming fear in the process.

Tarryn Tait, Marketing Chair at EO and CEO of Colindale Trading, underscored many of Wright’s learnings and pointed out that the evening had perfectly illustrated the value of EO which is now active in 62 countries globally.

“An evening such as this allows the EO Durban chapter to share the gift of EO with other entrepreneurs in the region,” she said, listing the benefits of EO membership as having access to one’s own “non-executive” board of directors through EO forums, having access to one-of-a-kind chapter events built around learning and growing, as well as global events and learning programs, and benefiting from executive education on both a personal and professional level.

“EO helps transform the lives of those who transform the world, through core values such as trust and respect, thirst for learning, boldly going, making one’s mark and being cool,” she said.

Shaza Ballim, EO member and woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry, described Wright’s message as an inspiration. “His story proves that a powerful mind can change your destiny. What you think is what you will achieve, and his journey is a testimony to that. Hearing him speak was an absolute honour.”

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