South Africa's SME Survey has been selected for inclusion in the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference to be held in Canada next month.
The paper, entitled “The blueprint for a successful SME in South Africa”, is based on interviews with more than 5 000 decision-makers in small, medium and micro enterprises in South Africa.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase the resources used by competitive SMEs in a developing country such as South Africa,” says the study’s principal researcher, Arthur Goldstuck, who will present the paper at the conference. “SME Survey has always produced groundbreaking insights into issues affecting SMEs in South Africa. Having our 2007 findings presented at a high-level international conference is an indication that the findings have relevance for other developing countries too.”
This will be the 53rd ICSB World Conference and the theme of the conference is “Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results”. A key aim of the conference is to bridge the gap between research and action.
Research for SME Survey 2008, presently underway, focuses on the infrastructure challenges faced by SMEs in South Africa. The 2007 research was made possible through the sponsorship of Standard Bank and Fujitsu Siemens Computers, who have also sponsored the SME Survey 2008 project.