Seda provides business development support to small enterprises ranging from start-ups to well established businesses. Many useful services are offered in partnership with specialised providers in the small enterprise support industry. Entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs may approach Seda to gain access to the business support services they would otherwise not be able to afford.
As a key agency within the stable of the Department of Trade and Industry, Seda is tasked with implementing important elements of the government small business development strategy. Seda therefore works closely with other government agencies and provincial initiatives.
Potential entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting a business may apply to attend one of Seda’s many training programmes; while business owners who are at the stage of planning to expand and are in need of specialised support may apply for Seda to sponsor between 60% and 90% of the fees of an approved service provider.
It is not only independent business owners who may approach Seda – specific programmes are geared towards cooperatives and franchisees too. Seda also offers tender advice, networking and business linkages opportunities, technical support, export readiness assessment and productivity improvement.
To qualify for support, the entrepreneur must be 18 years or older, be able to run the business on a full-time basis, and have a valid South African Identify Document. The applicant must also pass credit checks and provide proof of residence.
For more information:
Telephone: 0860 103 703