Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
|Postal||PO Box 56714, Arcadia, 0007|
|Physical||The Fields, Office Block A, 1066 Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0833|
|Tel||012 441 1000 / 0860 103 703|
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD). Seda provides non-financial support to small enterprises and cooperatives. Seda’s services are accessible through its 54 branches and over 100 incubation centres and hubs nationwide.
The Agency’s services include business information, business training, incubation, access to markets, technology assistance, and marketing support.
Seda’s programmes and interventions prioritise SMMEs, and cooperatives based in townships and rural areas and those owned by women, youth and persons with disabilities. Seda aims to ensure that these SMMEs and cooperatives improve their competitiveness, the quality of products, and the production processes.
Seda applies a client journey approach that starts with an in-depth assessment of an idea, small enterprise or cooperative. With that information, Seda then facilitates interventions. These are not once-off interventions because small enterprises and cooperatives require significant handholding.
With this approach, Seda can only work with a limited number of small businesses at a particular time, making a minimal impact on the enterprise development ecosystem and the economy. To extend its reach and impact, Seda relies on stakeholder partnerships across all spheres of government and the private sector.
Seda has adopted the District Ecosystem Facilitator model under the District Development model adopted by the government. With this model, Seda is positioning itself as a private and public sector business development support services coordinator. Seda will also address the lack of coordination in the business development ecosystem and improve the impact of all business development initiatives on the country’s economy.