Durban Entrepreneurs Club

Durban Entrepreneurs Club

The Durban Entrepreneurs Club helps members to access entrepreneurial resources, network with prominent entrepreneurs, and share ideas for success.

With a focus on getting like-minded individuals together on a regular basis to network and build relationships, we aim to stimulate small business growth in Durban and create future business leaders and entrepreneurial success stories.

Networking: The number one tip in networking is to avoid thinking of it like most people do. After all, why fit in when you can stand out? If you want to stand out, don't go to the networking event with the wrong intentions.

If you're there to sell, eat, or get a job, you're going to fail. You need to have the right motives, which should be to help people and make a positive impact.

Dale Carnegie once said, "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

We all know the predominant question for most people is, "What's in it for me?" If you network with that question in mind, you're missing the point.

However, if you go there with the mindset of knowing that 99 percent of people think like that, your chances of networking like a millionaire will skyrocket.

The key question that you should ask yourself in order to expand your network is, "How do I add more value to more people in a shorter amount of time? This question made me a millionaire. After all, if you impact twice as many people, you'll earn twice as much."

Zig Ziglar once said, "If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want." One day, a realtor called me and found out that I was interested in a house that she did not list. She took the liberty to connect me with her competitor, which is something most realtors would never consider doing.

As an entrepreneur, every interaction throughout your day is an opportunity to network, build relationships and increase awareness about your brand.

About Us

Get to know our Committee members

Durban Entrepreneurs Club - Grant Gavin
Grant Gavin (Founder / Chairman)
Grant Gavin is a Durban based Property Entrepreneur, owner of multiple businesses and a public speaker on the subject of Property Ownership and Business Development. With business interests in Property, both Real Estate and Investment, Business Coaching and Sales Lead Generation, Grant has built his businesses on the back of an incredibly successful tenure as the owner of the largest Real Estate Company in the North Durban Suburbs. After spending 2 years as Regional Manager of RE/MAX of Southern Africa in Cape Town, Grant returned to Durban and bought a controlling share of RE/MAX Panache.

Durban Entrepreneurs Club - Akhona Mahlati
Akhona Mahlati
Mr Akhona Mahlati is a true son of the soil of the Republic of South Africa,he has a B.COMM degree in Marketing and Business Management from the University of Natal, Durban along with a strategic marketing certificate (A-Z of Strategic Brand Management) from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Above these qualifications, he has also supplemented his knowledge and experience with a plethora of various leadership and business related courses, conferences, interventions and programmes which have broadened both his education and his skills.

Durban Entrepreneurs Club - Jeanne Vogel Van Der Sandt
Jeanne Vogel Van Der Sandt
Jeanne Vogel van der Sandt is a prominent Durban businesswomen and is one of the owner and partner of Vogel Van der Sandt attorneys - a successful law firm specialising in family law and mediation. The practice started back in 2004 and has been going from strength to strength ever since.
Jeanne is also actively involved in various social responsibility projects and has a passion for helping people and has been a part of the Umhlanga Women Achievers which saw her having the opportunity on a monthly basis to be involved with a different charities.

About Us

Get to know our Committee members

Durban Entrepreneurs Club - Elna Bachmann
Elna Bachmann
Elna holds a B. Sc. Nutrition from the University of the Free State. She worked for the Department of Health for 10 years on research projects on Coronary Heart Disease, Anthropometric Studies for SA standards and provided consulting services to Educational and Government Institutions. The diagnosis of her son with Aspergers prompted her to further studies in Auditory Integration Therapy and Neuro-Cognitive Reconstructive Therapy and the Nutritional needs of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADD, ADHD, Aspergers and OCD, etc.) She founded Brain Dynamics in 1998 and established HealthPointe+ in 2011.

Durban Entrepreneurs Club - Olivia Reynolds
Olivia Reynolds
Olivia worked in a corporate environment within the construction industry for 10 years until she started an events company which primarily organised functions for charities and corporate golf days. Olivia studied law through UKZN & UNISA although her interests lie more with cultural diversities and history of origin. Olivia has also volunteered for various organisations and assisted with fundraising events. Olivia has been involved in networking organisations and has had the pleasure and privilege of serving on the committees of KZNWIB (KZN Woman in Business) and BCHA (British Cultural & Heritage Association).

Durban Entrepreneurs Club - James Barnett
James Barnett
James completed a 4 year traineeship to become a Chartered Accountant at Ernst & Young (Durban) in their Corporate Finance department. In 2000 he relocated to London where he worked in Investment Banking for 7 years. In 2005 he became an independent Strategic Change Management consultant, consulting to UBS Investment Bank and Halifax Bank of Scotland in the Risk area. James returned to Durban in 2007 and joined Grant Thornton in May of that year as a manager, before being admitted to the partnership in March 2008.In March 2013 James joined Plexus Wealth as a director and Financial Planner.

Network with Durban Entrepreneurs

Grow your business by networking and building relationships with fellow business owners in the Durban area. Members meet regularly to listen to top Durban entrepreneurs who will share their success stories, their challenges and inspire with their passion for business.

Other benefits:

Durban Entrepreneurs Club

Be Inspired.
Being an entrepreneur is tough and there is no guarantee of success. Inspiration fuels your passion and drive to succeed when sometimes even your close friends have expected you to fail. Join a network of like-minded Durban entrepreneurs who will share their stories of success as well as the challenges that they have overcome in their lives. Be inspired by their stories and take your business to
the next level.

Durban Entrepreneurs Club

Get Connected.
Networking and building relationships in business is directly proportional to the success that you will achieve. Open new doors for your business by connecting with members and their networks. It only takes one deal, or one partnership to change the landscape of your business forever. Our meetings aren't for sales pitches, but we encourage introductions and networking amongst like-minded entrepreneurs.

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Keep Growing.
Learn from others who have already walked the same path as you. Not only will you learn from guest speakers who are already at the top of their industry, but stay connected via social media and newsletters where we will share with you all the latest trends and advice from top entrepreneurs around the world. Leaders and entrepreneurs need to continually invest in themselves to stay sharp, and to keep ahead of the chasing pack.

Your Net Worth is Equal to your Network

Durban Entrepreneurs Club

It doesn’t matter what type of business you own, building a network of strong relationships with all stakeholders in your business is a vital ingredient for a successful, growing business.

Meet new clients
Meet potential business partners.
Meet like-minded entrepreneurs who will share their success and challenges with you!

"The richest people in the world look for and are building networks. Everyone else is looking for work."
~Robert Kiyosaki

"Network marketing is the fastest growing business model in the world today"
~Robert Kiyosaki

Durban Entrepreneurs Club

Contact Us

27 Swapo Road, Durban, South Africa
(+27) 31 572 2136


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