“Profit through Partnership”

The Supplier and Enterprise Development Experts 

Certify – Capacitate – Connect

The Business Associate is an Enterprise & Supplier Development organization established in 2006. We provide customised and affordable Enterprise and Supplier Development expertise that until now has only been available to large corporations.


We facilitate both demand-side and supply-side interventions to create a more integrated & inclusive South African economy. 

We offer various business support mechanisms to Certify, Capacitate and Connect SMME’s (Small and Medium Business’s) within the various supply chains. We have built up a strong reputation for empowering black & small businesses and providing them with the necessary guidance to build sustainable business models that can effectively respond to supply demand requirements.

 

SERVICES

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

ENTREPRENEURS
& SUPPLIERS

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

1. Spend Management
2. Supplier Development
3. Supplier Diversity
4. BBBEE & ESD Consulting

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ENTREPRENEURS & SUPPLIERS

1. Compliance (Certification)
2. Business Development (Capacitate)
3. Business Linkages (Connect)

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OUR TEAM

JOSEPH SOLOMON RUITERS

A highly experienced Senior Executive who combines strategic/tactical business & financial expertise with strong qualifications in business development, operations and P&L management. A record of reversing financial declines and capturing significant cost reductions through process redesign and performance enhancement. He has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings.

Master of Business Administration  ·  Stellenbosch University
Bachelor of Commerce
  ·  Accounting, Auditing & Taxation ·  University of Western Cape

ALDEN KLAASEN

An admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of South Africa (Attorney) having completed his articles of clerkship with a reputable firm specialising in the areas of litigation, property and commercial law. Has previously served as the Chief Legal Officer at one of our country’s leading insurers incorporating this experience as he shapes the businesses of the future. Is an authorised representative in terms of the  FAIS Act. Has an astute legal mind with a keen appetite for business development. Has developed and maintained key training programmes empowering business owners to understand issues of compliance, governance and how the law impacts their internal and external relations. Demonstrates the ability to innovate and employ lateral thinking to solve problems and improve existing systems.

Bachelor of Laws  ·  Public, Private & Mercantile Law ·  Stellenbosch University

CHARMAINE ABRAHAMS

A highly efficient Office Administrator who takes care of all clients (new and existing). Been part of the team for the last 10 years and understand all the challenges black and small businesses endure. Provide linkages for our client to business services offered by our company.

RALPH DONOVAN KLAASEN

A young and highly efficient business consultant with a wide range of expertise and experience. Supported many small businesses with growing their business and aligning their business to be transact-ready for corporate opportunities. Has the ability to analyze small business ideas, road-mapping it to access market opportunities in several business environments. He has a vast knowledge base of business start-ups and understands exactly what it takes for a business to be successful. He has the ability to effectively and efficiently develop business documentation allowing businesses to be trans-act ready. The aforementioned documentation and information include business planning, financial modelling (costing & pricing), market research, feasibility assessments, business profiles, etc. He has also facilitated workshops such as financial management, financial systems (one-on-one), accessing government opportunities (one-on-one), basic business start-up skills, how to tender and many more.

Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting, Auditing & Taxation · University of Western Cape

MUCAN RUITERS

A highly efficient business development consultant with hands on experience in marketing, creating of business linkages for small businesses, completing tender documents for clients. Has developed as a sharp and shrewd entrepreneur / business linkage consultant. Through his involvement with the Dimension Data Incubator Programme and Empretec he has learned some valuable entrepreneurship skills. Supported many small businesses with growing their business and align their business to be transact-ready for corporate business. He was a member of the team during the City of Cape Town’s pilot project re the implementation of due diligence audits.

CLIENT FOCUS

ENTREPRENEURS & BLACK SUPPLIERS

Some of our clients include start-up and medium sized businesses that is trans-act ready and high profile small businesses

CORPORATES

Some of our clients include PWC, VESTAS, ACCIONA, NORDEX and many others – support these businesses either with BBBEE/ESD strategy formulation, BBBEE Verification Support, ESD program implementation, Supplier Chain, Data Analytics and many other business strategy support

BUSINESS SUPPORT INSTITUTIONS/ASSOCIATIONS

We are working with SEDA, sefa, NYDA, Sasmef, Chambers, WECBOF, Nafcoc and other organisations that support small business initiatives and work either with their staff, clients or members formulating strategies, implementing small business programs and advancement

GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS

We are working with government institutions, like State-owned entities, municipality either responding to tender opportunities or implementation of enterprise and supplier development programs. Some of our major clients include the City of Cape Town, Drakenstein Municipalities, Tourism, Bank seta, SA Parliament, SITA and others

UNIVERSITIES AND INNOVATION CENTRES

We are working with the University of the Western Cape, CPUT, University of Pretoria (GIBS) and The Innovation Hub, Shanduka Black Umbrellas

INDUSTRY BODIES

We are working with the SA WINE INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION UNIT and the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) in the supporting these industries either transforming its entrepreneurial / supplier environment or by implementing ESD initiatives

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

We are extremely satisfied with the ESD services delivered

Country Manager
Country Manager
VESTAS

The Business Associate has become mentors & supplier to many of the
entrepreneurs post training (a value add of their services that makes them a great asset in our programme).

Charlene Duncan
Charlene Duncan
UWC

The Business Associate has extensive experience in growing small business
to scale through business linkages.

Carlo Vicci
Carlo Vicci
City of Cape Town

We are doing business with Corporates and government because of them!

Estelle Lentoor
Estelle Lentoor
Nordex ESD Beneficiary

We are extremely delighted with the
work of The Business Associate and the support they provided to SMME’s

Carl Lotter
Carl Lotter
SASMEF

We have been particularly impressed by their knowledge and skills sets. The excellent reviews we received from our clients confirms their excellence

BBBEE Strategist
BBBEE Strategist
Nordex

The Business Associate is the reason
why my business moved from a survivalist to a sustainable business

 Ngweni
Ngweni
TKSS

Partners

Those that are part of The Busienss Asscoiate and who bring something extra to the organisation

PHR Solutions
PHR Solutions

Our partner has taken over the design and management of our website. Through this partnership, our projects such as the Matzikama Business Development Centre will have their own websites including the latest in graphic content.

MelTeaMedia
MelTeaMedia

Through our partnership with MTM we offer clients business solutions for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google. These solutions cater to the evolving market place and keep businesses including ours relevant.

Boss Accountants
Boss Accountants

Through our partnership, we bring cost-effective solutions to SMMEs without compromising on value or professionalism. Services include bookkeeping, compiling financial statements, tax compliance, VAT registration and many more.

WebsterBiz
WebsterBiz

We have partnered with Websterbiz as specialists in the field of B-BBEE consulting, training and strategy as we provide these services to role players in both the public and private sectors.

CONTACT US

We love to listen and are eagerly awaiting your call. Get in touch!

EMAIL US
info@thebusinessassociate.co.za
VISIT US
OFFICE 1F, BRACKENFELL BUSINESS CHAMBERS, ARAUNA, BRACKENFELL 7560
CALL US
083 294 1293

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