Entrepreneurs Development Circles

Entrepreneurs Development Circles



About Us
On 20 June 2021, C J Investiment signed an MoU with SGM-Entrepreneurs Development Circles of Zambia, to provide business development services and contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in Zambia. This joint program is aimed at developing an “entrepreneurial mind” among the Zambian people for job and wealth creation. We seek to augment the government’s efforts in actualising the vision 2030 and the programs as articulated in the 7 th National Development and subsidiary plans of making Zambia a Prosperous and Poverty-free Society within sustainable employment opportunities that guarantee wealth for its people.

The program will be implemented through Entrepreneurship Clubs that will be formed in secondary schools, colleges and universities and in communities to cater for the unemployed youths, those working in the informal sector and ready to respond to the government’s call to take entrepreneurship as a vehicle to grow the economy through enterprise development, job creation.

Interested individuals countrywide and beyond, with a passion to develop into successful entrepreneurs can become members.

Vision Statement

“Productive and wealthy nations with low unemployment and poverty levels”.

Mission Statement:

“Expanding human opportunities, through entrepreneurship support for Job and Wealth Creation.”

Our values

  1. Teamwork: We respect and support each other whilst working co-operatively to achieve mutually beneficial results, respecting one another’s views, and making our work environment fun and enjoyable.
  2. Honesty: Being open and honest in all our dealings and maintaining the highest integrity at all times.
  3. Excellence: Always doing what we say we will and striving for excellence and quality in everything we do.
  4. Commitment: We work with urgency and commitment to be successful from individual and company perspectives.
  5. Service above self: We take ownership of our customers’ needs and being accountable for delivering friendly and professional service. We enjoy their custom and so they deserve our service -timely, responsive, proactive, meeting their needs and aiming to delight.
  6. Professionalism: At all times we act with integrity, providing quality service, being reliable and responsible. We value learning and feedback.

What We Do

  1. Institution Based Entrepreneurship Clubs

We create and run institution based entrepreneurship clubs in public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities. This is a very critical level of intervention, as it holds a cadre of youths that is about to join society with higher expectations to be employed.

Through clubs, beneficiaries will be trained in entrepreneurship and small business management. Subjects and topics that will be covered during Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management training meetings will include;

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Generating Business Idea
  • Savings/Financial Literacy
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Basic Book-keeping
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Governance and Operational Management
  • Business Plan
  • Career Guidance

Members are also provided with mentorship, coaching, apprentice, industrial exposure, attendance at a business forum, provincial and national boot camp opportunities among other beneficial activities. The programme also facilitates the maintenance of voluntary savings bank accounts among club members in order to build capital for their future enterprise development. Savings shall mature at the end of three year period and the member will be free to access their money for purposes of starting a business.

The programme, therefore, builds the capacity of students to become confident and professional future entrepreneurs who are able to develop innovations that help create jobs for themselves and others, once they graduate, as opposed to seeking employment either in public or private institutions that jobs are not even readily available. Register Now

  1. Community-Based Entrepreneurship Clubs

At the community level, community members are encouraged to come together and form entrepreneurship clubs within their locality with a membership of not more than thirty members per club. The programme targets out of school youths who are roaming the streets, youths who are in the informal sector including those who are working and are willing to acquire entrepreneurship and business management skills, diversify their income sources and participate in job and wealth creation through entrepreneurship development. The clubs hold weekly entrepreneurship and small business management training meetings at their own agreed time and place to discuss business and saving ideas.

The programme provides an alternative career pathway, where members learn how to become their own bosses and create employment for others through entrepreneurship. It helps members to defeat job-seeking mentality but rather promotes self-employment culture in the face of high unemployment levels among youths in the country. The programme, therefore, seeks to equip members with skills to identify business opportunities in any given environment, create business innovations, marshal resources to apply to such businesses and be able to manage them successfully. Register Now

  1. Agribusiness Development for Agro-Based Cooperatives

The programme works with Agro-cooperatives countrywide to promote agribusiness activities that support farmers in taking full potential benefits in the food value chain business for improved and sustainable farmer performance and profitability. It promotes value addition through processing and packaging. One in every six cooperatives identified in a district becomes a parent cooperative into which the other five feed; and shall be used a processing and packaging hubs.

The programme entails provision of training in entrepreneurship and small business management, specialized training in food processing and packaging with barcode, provision of loans in terms of processing equipment (such as cooking oil making machines, peanut butter making machines, hammer mills, livestock feed making machines, sausage-making machines, rice processing machines, egg incubators etc.), provision of packaging materials, trade facilitation.

The programme also facilitates the marketing and selling of processed and packaged products to credible customers like Shoprite, PicknPay, Choppies, Game stores, other local supermarkets and retailers countrywide. This allows farmers to sell value-added products at competitive prices and avoid exploitation by briefcase buyers. Because it is a nationwide program, we will be able to meet the supply volumes required by the above-stated customers.

Eventually, the programme envisions setting up stores called, ‘Community Super Markets’ in all the ten provincial capitals, where locally processed and packaged foodstuffs will be sold. Community Super Markets will be open to other food producers and processors to sell their products at a fee. Participating agro-cooperatives will own shares in these stores. This programme is managed by a Special Purpose Vehicle entity called Prestew Food Solutions Limited. Register Now

  1. Enterprise Development

This is the ultimate purpose of the programme as it seeks to create jobs and wealth for the people. Therefore, the programme facilitates the establishment and registration of business enterprises either with the Patent and Company Registration Authority – PACRA or with the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry as Cooperatives. The companies that are formed start businesses that they define in their business plans developed during the training.

These business enterprises will be formed by 15 programme beneficiaries as shareholders/company owners. The number 15 will include the following positions; Register Now

  1. Managing Director …………………………. 1
  2. Deputy Managing Director ………………… 1
  • Finance and Administration Directors ……. 2
  1. Productions and Operations Directors …… 4
  2. Sales and Marketing Directors ……………. 3
  3. Procurement Director ………………………. 2
  • Property and Assets Directors …………….. 2
  1. Crowd Funding

The programme opens four web-based crowdfunding windows, every year, each for Regional Area Block1 (comprising Eastern, Lusaka and Muchinga provinces)

Regional Block2 (comprising Central and Northern provinces)

Regional Block3 (comprising Copperbelt, North-western and Luapula provinces)

And Regional Block4 (comprising Southern and Western provinces); where clubs will be posting their business proposal concepts to attract funding.

Regional Block1 (comprising Eastern, Lusaka and Muchinga provinces) window opens and runs from 1st January to 31st March.

Regional Block2 (comprising Central and Northern provinces), the window opens and runs from 1st April to 30th June.

Regional Block3 (comprising Copperbelt, North-western and Luapula provinces) window opens and runs from 1st July to 30th September while Regional Block4 (comprising Southern and Western provinces) window opens and runs from 1st October to 31st December.

Eligible entrepreneurship clubs are requested to submit a maximum of four (4) paged business concept notes with a budget not exceeding US$150,000. Clubs not in that particular window are obliged to donate towards any business concept note that interests them. Apart from contributions made by national alumni members, concept notes also attract crowdfunding from individuals and organisations around the world that are passionate about solving world problems and contribute to poverty reduction. Register Now

Those making donations freely contribute any amount of money towards the proposed business of their interest. It could be US$20, US$50, US$100, US$200, US$500, US$1,000……… etc. 10% of every donation is retained by Entrepreneurs Development Circles as a management fee.

6. Business Credit Solutions: We offer very flexible and collateral-free business loans to groups of entrepreneurial individuals, comprising between 5 – 15 members or shareholders, organized in a formal and legally established enterprise, cooperative, associations, Club or other organizations who jointly and severally commit to being liable for the loan repayments and interest accrued. Loans are offered to our corporate members to help them meet their business financial needs and are paid back at 12% interest over an agreed period of time. Members can apply for a loan at any time of the year. Register Now to become a corporate member.

  1. ITC Solutions: We develop various tailor-made computer programmes, databases, stock, payroll and school management software systems, mobile apps, and online advertisements. Request Now
  2. Business Training: We offer online training in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, basic Bookkeeping and Accounts, Customer Relations, Corporate Governance, Resource Mobilization and Project management. Register Now
  3. Other: Through our continental regional chapters, members enjoy pieces of training, mentorship, coaching, apprentice, networking, and support to enterprise development, funding, attendance at business forums and expos, organized industrial tours and regional and international exchange visits. Register Now to become a member.

Six Fundamental Programme Pillars

  • Training
  • Mentorship/Coaching
  • Apprentice
  • Networking and Solidarity
  • Enterprise Development
  • Funding

Membership Requirements and Benefits

The 2 very critical requirements for this project is becoming a member of the entrepreneurship club either at an institution or in the community and receiving training in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. One can apply in any of the following membership categories and pay appropriate fees.

  1. Free Membership and pay K0.00 x6 weeks who only benefit from basic financial literacy plus certificate
  2. Gold Members and pay K3,200 (can be spread over 6 months instalment) who only benefit from training and apprentice through a club membership card plus certificate
  3. Silver Members and pay K2,400 (can be spread over 6 months instalment) who enjoy full benefits minority shareholders in their companies plus certificate
  4. Platinum Members and pay K4,000 (can be spread over 6 months instalment) who enjoy full benefits as majority shareholders in their companies plus certificate
  5. Secondary school club members will only pay an annual membership fee of K50 and K200 for materials.
  6. Diamond(Real Estate Coaching) and pay K15,899( can be spread over 12 months instalment). This is an optional module for those who want to create generational wealth in the real estate niche.

Our team

Our team of business advisors and project managers has broad international and local experience from diverse backgrounds including; legal, business, development, health, ITC and political. We share a genuine interest in facilitating development cooperation and the commitment to ‘making a difference by supporting responsible community and business projects in less developed countries and disadvantaged communities therein. We love travelling to meet our partners to work and share experiences on projects with high economic and social impact.

Address:

SGM – Entrepreneurs Development Circles

Indeco House, 5th Floor, Room 506, Cairo Road

C/O P.O. Box 30560, Lusaka, Zambia

Phone: +260 971 032 787

Mobile: +260 760 114 844

Email:info.entredevec@gmail.com

sm.entredevec@gmail.com

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Shop 5/420 Secret Habour Boulevard

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Email: info@cjinvestiment.com

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