SME Toolkit South Africa

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About the SME Toolkit

The SME Toolkit is a project of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Department of the World Bank Group and is available in multiple languages through local partners  - such as South Africa – around the world.

The mission of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.

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Business Partners’ aim in supporting and managing the SME Toolkit – South Africa  is to get vital information and resources to as many entrepreneurs as possible —  at no cost.

The two most important business challenges cited by both would-be and existing entrepreneurs are access to financing and — as importantly — access to business information and support.

Business Partners has been investing in entrepreneurs for almost three decades and, as an enterprise development initiative, it is bringing the supporting information required to run a successful business to entrepreneurs via the internet.

The SA SME toolkit provides how-to articles, business forms, financial tools, online training, and information resources developed by leading experts, as well as free software tailor-made for SMEs.

All aspects of business set-up and management are covered, from business planning to accounting, financial management, human resources, international business (import / export), legal and insurance matters, marketing, sales, operations and information technology. As importantly, the site offers a range of self-assessment exercises and tools, aimed at enabling entrepreneurs to take control of problem-solving in their businesses.

Many entrepreneurs have industry-specific skills, but don’t necessarily have the training or experience to manage other aspects of the business. This is especially true of young first-time entrepreneurs, and those leaving salaried employment to start their own businesses.

This Toolkit, then, is aimed at helping entrepreneurs to start, finance, formalise, manage and grow successful businesses, no matter what they might need.

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