V. Free National Sme Essay

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V. Free national SME newspaper
According to the DTI in 2013 when launching the newspaper called Small Business Connect, the main purpose was so that the Newspaper will improve the flow of relevant opportunity-related information and business improvement resources in the SME sector. “Our intention is for Small Business Connect to become the preferred source of information for SMMEs and for it to provide enterprises with information on access to markets, new technologies and networking opportunities; also, to equip them with a better understanding of the environment in which they operate and keep them abreast of developments in the various sectors of the economy,” said Minister Davies. The newspaper is also available online: www.smallbusinessconnect.co.za.

VI. Small Enterprise Development Agency
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development. Seda was established in December 2004, through the National Small Business Amendment Act, Act 29 of 2004. Seda’s mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises throughout the country, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co–ordination and partnership with various role players, including global partners, who make international best practices available to local entrepreneurs.

VII. Closer Proximity to their customers
The writer believes that by the SMEs being closer to the customers, it creates that personal touch and fosters a personal relationship with the
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