The Business Support Centre
The Business Support Centre (BSC) was established in 1996 and is located in Pietermaritzburg. It serves municipilities in the greater Pietermaritzburg area including uMsunduzi, uMngeni, Impendle and Richmond. BSC is expected to cover the whole UMgungundlovu district with an estimated population of 930,000.
The BSC’s mission is to link enterprises to business opportunities in the mainstream economy through the provision of a one-stop developement and support facility.
Perhaps the pinnacle of the BSC’s efforts is the number of jobs that are being created everyday as a result of tendors won private and public sectors, as well as through business linkages and loan facilitation.
Admittedly some of these jobs are short term in nature but they do provide food to many families during their tenure. At present the BSC registers on average 200 new businesses and provides business skills training to more than 500 entrepreneurs a year.
Vision – Mission- Objectives
VISION: A leader in the provision of integrated business support programmes and promoting a strong culture of entrepreneurship.
MISSION: Linking small and micro enterprises to the mainstream business opportunities.
Improving the SMMEs management and technical expertise.
Increasing opportunities for local community participation in local economic developement programmes.
Promoting employment and enterprise opportunities.
Facilitating access to finance