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Research your way to the top

Jun 10, 2019

Research your way to the top

The easiest way to fail your business is to exist in a vacuum and not be aware of the things happening within your sector and beyond. Research ensures a business remains competitive through the understanding of the business environment. It also enables the understanding of what may happen in the near and which may affect the business.

Policy making process in Kenya: get involved, it’s your right and duty

May 24, 2019

Policy making process in Kenya: get involved, it’s your right and duty

Policy development is not the preserve of a few people. In Kenya the proposal to have a policy could come from the executive and its various entities; political formations; organized groups or even individual citizens. What then this implies is that we cannot just sit and complain believing that we do not have power to influence the policies and regulations in our space. 

Strategic Planning for MSMEs- the steps and why it’s important

May 10, 2019

Strategic Planning for MSMEs- the steps and why it’s important

Enterprises that are headed for success and have plans for continuity are able to tell where they want to be in the future. This means they have envisioned their growth and have seen how they will look like in a couple of years. Just like corporate governance,(refer to a previous article)strategic planning is unfortunately ignored by many micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs). 

Why a strategic plan? 

Reap More by Working With the Government

Mar 29, 2019

Reap More by Working With the Government

Picture courtesy of planning.go.ke

If you want your business to succeed in a developing economy align your strategy to the country’s strategic development agenda. This is especially crucial for Small and Medium Enterprises which are prone to various risks and uncertainties. Aligning yourself with the government’s strategy not only  buffers your business from risks but it can also allow you access various opportunities that come with government backed programs. 

Entrepreneurship lessons from Kings Biofuels

Feb 18, 2019

Entrepreneurship lessons from Kings Biofuels

Entrepreneurs are born and not made. Those are the words of Festus the proprietor of kings Biofuel one of the most successful clients KCIC has had over the years. For him the business did not begin from the urge to make more money as from his own assessment the money he was making in civil service was enough to sustain him and his family. The desire to start a business and create something was burning in him.

Money is not everything in a start up….. 

Jul 26, 2018

Money is not everything in a start up….. 

Having been in the space where I have dealt with start ups for about two years one of the things I have learnt is the importance of finances in the development of young businesses. At the same time, I have realized that start ups need to look beyond the financial investments and also need to be creative in how they look for the funding.   Four of every five start ups you will interact with will state access to finance as one of the top challenges they face in running small businesses.

Waste to Energy: Lessons from South Africa

Apr 26, 2018

Waste to Energy: Lessons from South Africa

When you talk biogas in Kenya we quickly think about the small plants that we have within households used as source of cooking fuel and lighting in some instances. Commercial biogas plants have not picked up in Kenya as yet. The narrative is different as I would find out from my visit to the largest biogas plant in South Africa. Bio2Watt a company in South Africa has redefined the renewable energy industry and is producing energy for lighting. The Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant (Pty) Ltd has a capacity of 4.6MW energy production which they produce and sell to BMW South Africa.

Lessons from South Africa: the little take homes

Apr 05, 2018

Lessons from South Africa: the little take homes

This is just but the beginning of my documentation of the key take homes from my short trip to South Africa. What being away from home reminds you is the little facts like Kenya is not the only place you can be and there are bigger and better things happening out there we can learn from as an economy. The highlight of the trip was a security briefing just after settling at our hotel. After that briefing I did not even want to leave my room, it felt like we had just landed inside Kamiti maximum prison and someone was baying for our blood. But forget about that let us pick it up later.