Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) Mpumalanga has rolled out a number of new information kiosks called Seda BreadBins in the province in an effort to provide entrepreneurs with all the information they need, on the spot, to start their own businesses.
A total of six BreadBins have been installed in the province to date. Those include the kiosks at the Marapyane Thusong Service Centre (Marapyane Shopping Complex); Lillydale (Lillydale Environmental Education Centre); Mbombela Local Municipality (Matsulu); Hlanganani Agri-Business (Kwa-Mhlushwa); Albert Luthuli Municipality (Fernie); and Pixley Ka Seme Municipality (Cnr. Joubert and Laingsnek Street, Volksrust).
Essentially a self-service, electronic product information unit, the Seda BreadBin displays preloaded business information for entrepreneurs and interested members of the public that can be downloaded to CD, DVD and USB flash drive.
The units utilise a computer-based system, with users interacting with it via a touch screen. Once users have accessed the system, they can find out information about Seda, its products, services and training programmes for entrepreneurs and small business owners; Seda success stories and how it has helped other small enterprises; financing small businesses; intellectual property; and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)
Aspiring entrepreneurs are also taken through the process of starting their own businesses from scratch, with answers to questions like, ‘what is an entrepreneur?’ and ‘am I ready for business?’ as well as advice on developing business ideas; a business idea checklist; and compiling business plans.
The Seda BreadBins also provide entrepreneurs with access to a wide range of relevant business resources, including SMME information websites, publications and sector-specific research reports; SMME support contact information, including Seda’s details and those of its Public Sector SMME Payment Assistance Hotline; Seda information brochures (on co-operatives, business plans and export training); and downloadable templates for everything from memos, fax cover sheets and purchase orders to SWOT analysis documents and marketing budget plans.
Finally, the units list all Seda’s partners – national role players in SMME development that also provide small business support services, as well as the dates and contact information for events, including training programmes, exhibitions and workshops.
All this information can be downloaded and, in some instances, printed out, for users to take home with them.
“The Seda BreadBin initiative is directly in line with our strategic objective to ensure equitable access for small enterprises to business support services through partnerships. The initiative is being rolled out nationally, with the aim to have BreadBins in as many communities as possible across the country. These units are a fantastic way for us to continue developing, supporting and promoting small enterprises in South Africa, even in those communities where we currently have limited reach,” says Seda Mpumalanga Provincial Manager, Ntokozo Majola.
The Seda BreadBin initiative will be officially launched on Friday, 12 November at the GCIS Information Resource Centre at Parliament, where a Seda BreadBin has already been installed. To date, Seda BreadBins have been rolled out to every province in the country.
ISSUED BY: Seda – Small Enterprise Development Agency
MEDIA CONTACT: Syndi Khathwane – Marketing Specialist Seda Mpumalanga
TEL 013 755 6047
DATE 02 November 2010