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Business Engage: Colleen Larson

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colleenColleen Larsen was involved with the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN), an initiative of the Department of Trade & Industry (dti) to support women owned SMMEs.

Colleen became the founder and CEO of Business Engage in November 2005.

The mission of Business Engage is to collaboratively develop individuals and entrepreneurs. Colleen is directly responsible for the provision of products and services which Business Engage offers members and potential members and associates. Over the last year she has grown the organisation to receive support of the following corporates and government agencies : FNB, Microsoft, Imara Asset Management, Business Partners, IFC, Development Bank of South Africa, ABSA, SEDA, Franchising Association, Industrial Development Corporation and Department of Trade and Industry Small Business Development Agency.
She has also been instrumental in the growth of Business Engage into Africa and has launched the concept in Botswana with negotiations underway with Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.