In order for businesses to be sustainable, we cannot only look at the greening process. We have to take a new and in-depth look at our fundamental values and corporate governance in our enterprises. It is about the heart of our economy and most of all it is about the people in our businesses.
One woman who has been passionately involved in SME development for the past ten years is Miskyah-Marié Toth. After graduating from the University of Pretoria, Miskyah-Marié entered the corporate world as a Human Resource Manager in the retail industry. She found her passion for business in the corporate jungle and realized that making a profit for her employers is what makes her tick. After many successful years, Miskyah heard the calling in her heart in 2002 to assist entrepreneurs to become successful in their endeavors.
She started a research program in previously disadvantaged areas around Cape Town as well as mentorship and training programmes for young entrepreneurs. In 2004 she was spotted in the local newspapers by an International organization, Swisscontact and approached to participate in a program for Business Development Officers. During this time, she was tried and rested to the bone as she lost her car in an accident, only to find out the insurance was not in place. This led to her experiencing the difficulties that so many of our own entrepreneurs have to face. With no family in Cape Town and very little money available, she made use of the cheapest public transport available to continue her participation in the project.
As a divorcee and a single mother of two, she experienced how it feels to wake up in the morning, not knowing how to make sure your kids are fed, how they will get to school, how she will continue on the conquest she started with so much passion. She soon discovered that an answer arrives every day. So she continued with the project for nine long months. Then she tasted the sweet taste of success. As a winner of this project, she could buy herself a car and restore the money she had lost.
a love of business & our environment
During this year she was also nominated as Nedbank Business Woman of the year. Miskyah continued her consulting in the SME industry and assisted many to get back on track while cultivating the passion for sound governance in their businesses as well as the love for the environment we live in.
She hosted various programs on radio of which her business focus programmes became very popular. Miskyah’s heart’s desire is to speak to the heart of business owners. She realizes that difficult economic phrases mean very little when you have to make a living and provide for a family. Entrepreneurs from different walks of life enjoyed participating in her programmes.
In 2008, Miskyah experienced the difficulties of the Global Economic crises in her business as many SME businesses could just not find the means any longer to pay for a business mentor. She realized that if we want to survive we would need to dig even deeper, be more diligent, more organized and certainly more flexible in our businesses. We have to think out of the box, we have to find our own creativity once again and passionately move forward if we are to succeed!
Today the flame in Miskyah’s heart is still burning high for our country’s entrepreneurs. The desire to make a change and to improve their lives led to her developing a business model that is life changing for any business owner.
If you would like to contact Miskyah to make use of her services as a salted business advisor or as motivational speaker you can contact her on 079 767 6056 or via email.
Here are some of the services she offers:
These prices are a guideline and negotiable depending on the size of the business as well as duration of the business relationship.