SME Toolkit South Africa
When asked to identify the problems they faced, other than finding finance, entrepreneurs commonly cite access to information and support services. The SME Toolkit South Africa aims to provide this information. It is an online portal that offers easy access to information, resources and online training relevant to small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) across various industries and business sectors. It is aimed at any entrepreneur looking to start or grow an existing small.
The SME Toolkit is a joint initiative between BUSINESS/PARTNERS and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the lending arm of the World Bank.
In South Africa, the average small business owner simply does not have the budget to employ experts or trainers to provide the kind of skills available on the SME Toolkit. This is why the site is open to all entrepreneurs, free of charge.
Why access the SME Toolkit?
Many entrepreneurs have industry-specific skills, but don’t necessarily have the training or experience to manage other aspects of the business. Our site bridges this gap, by bringing the information needed to run a successful business to the entrepreneur, via the Internet.
Through strategic content partnerships with key industry players, the SME Toolkit is able to provide budding and established entrepreneurs with access to information and resources in a user-friendly format.
The SME Toolkit provides how-to articles, business forms, financial tools, online training, and information resources developed by leading experts. All aspects of business set-up and management are covered, from business planning to accounting, financial management, human resources, BBBEE, import & export, legal and insurance matters, marketing, sales, operations and information technology.
Our site also offers a range of self-assessment exercises and tools, aimed at enabling entrepreneurs to take control of problem-solving in their companies, and to proactively implement strategies to avoid potential problems.
Whether it’s a budget spread-sheet, policy document or forms to be submitted for tax purposes, the SME Toolkit is a one-stop business management shop.