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The South African Sme Toolkit Intro


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An overview of the SME Toolkit South Africa and how it can be used as a support tool to help start, manage and grow a small business.

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The South African Sme Toolkit Intro

  1. 1. The South African SME Toolkit An Introduction Presented by: René Truter SA SME Toolkit Content Administrator Business Partners Limited
  2. 2. Today we will look at: <ul><li>How it all started </li></ul><ul><li>What the Toolkit offers the entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>What sets us apart? </li></ul><ul><li>Facts and stats </li></ul><ul><li>Our goals for 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. How it all started <ul><li>The SME Toolkit was launched in South Africa in 2007 as a joint initiative between Business Partners Ltd, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and IBM. </li></ul><ul><li>It offers easy access to information, resources and online training relevant to SMMEs in a large number of industries and business sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>Other than finding financing, entrepreneurs site access to information and non-financial support as one of their biggest challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>The Toolkit bridges this gap by bringing information and resources to the entrepreneur, via the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>This site is open to all entrepreneurs, FREE of charge. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What the Toolkit has to offer
  5. 5. Monthly Newsletter
  6. 6. What sets us apart <ul><li>All articles, tools, spreadsheets, etc are available FREE of charge to all visitors to the site </li></ul><ul><li>The most comprehensive pool of information and resources geared towards small businesses in a cast range of sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Backed by the World Bank, IBM and Business Partners Limited, a company with 30 years in the SME Industry </li></ul><ul><li>BOTTOM LINE: the site exists to provide entrepreneurs with information, support tools, training and whatever will help them make their businesses a success… no strings attached. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Facts and Stats
  8. 8. Goals for 2010 <ul><li>Increase the Toolkit’s reach to further than just the Urban areas (offline users?) </li></ul><ul><li>120 000 Visitors per month </li></ul><ul><li>15 000 Registered Users </li></ul><ul><li>Train at least 100 SMMEs per month (face to face) </li></ul><ul><li>Activate the online community – start to see regular user interaction </li></ul><ul><li>More content partnerships with SME role-players </li></ul><ul><li>In 2011 - take the site onto a mobile platform </li></ul><ul><li>“ Become the Google for South African SMMEs” </li></ul>
  9. 9. In Conclusion <ul><li>Small businesses are the life-blood of the South African economy, as consumers, employers and creators of wealth. </li></ul><ul><li>The SME Toolkit has provided a much-needed and valuable service to entrepreneurs looking to start and/or manage their small businesses successfully. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to achieve our goals, we have to establish relationships and forge firm partnerships with other role-players in the SME sphere. </li></ul><ul><li>ARE YOU IN? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thanks for listening! BUSINESS PARTNERS’ SME TOOLKIT TEAM: Pierre Mey Executive General Manager: Support Services Petro Bothma Asst General Manager: National Marketing Coordination René Truter SME Toolkit Administrator