The purpose of the SMME Support Hubs is to create capacity in under-resourced communities, by empowering and upskilling local community members, to provide business support services to micro, survivalist and informal trading entrepreneurs.
Once the feasibility of a hub is established, entrepreneurs from the lcoal community are recruited and enter a 3 year incubation period. During this period they are trained and mentored by current Business e-Zone owners as well as the Business e-Zone NPC staff.
The ultimate outcome after the three years, is that the selected entrepreneurs have a compliant, registered Pty Ltd company with a majority black and local shareholding. They are equipped to continue serving the entrepreneurial community for their own gain and the benefit of the community.
What the Business e-Zone NPC offers:
Investors will satisfy requirements related to BEE , local content, supplier development and enterprise development.
During the three year incubation period, trainees will have access to:
Branding to match all the Business e-Zones Website and email setup
National switchboard system (0861 111 950) to help channel and filter calls (internal calls and calls to other Business e-Zone Hubs are free)
Tech support for all computers, including tech-zone and internet cafe computers (as applicable)
Vodacom Mobizone services and products
Intellimali cards - setup and network
Business mentoring and support from the Business e-Zone NPC and other Business e-Zone SMME Hub owners
Post incubation, the new Business e-Zone SMME Hub owners will exit with:
A fully compliant and registered business in their own name(s)
A sustainable and recognised business in the local community they serve
The choice to remain as part of the Business e-Zone SMME Hub network, or to disconnect.
Should the SMME Hub owners wish to remain connected with services offered by the Business e-Zone NPC, post incubation, the following services will be available to them, on a month to month agreement:
Supporting all computers @R100 per computer per month.
Remain connected to the national switchboard, with support @R10 per handset per month.
Receive Business Mentoring, advice and support @R150 per hour.
Vodacom and Intellimali systems cannot be transferred, but will be supported free of charge as it is part of a network agreement between the Business e-Zone NPC and these two organisations.
Website and email hosting will be for the e-Zone SMME Hub's own account. Support @R150 per hour.
Should the SMME Hub owners wish to disconnect from the Business e-Zone NPC network, post-incubation, all services (except Intellimali and Vodacom) will be transferred for their own account and ongoing management.