A number of constraints have been identified as impeding the growth of SMMEs in Botswana and these include lack of a conducive regulatory environment, access to finance, entrepreneurial skills, business start-up training and marketing skills. These need to be alleviated through the provision of targeted support measures.
The Agency provides business training programmes and mentoring and counselling services through the engagement of qualified consultants in the areas of basic business management, marketing and record keeping countrywide.
Technical skills training support and advisory services are also provided simultaneously with these other programmes.
Training programmes cover a period of one week and costs are met by the Agency, which in turn requires a nominal contribution from the clients.
Mentoring and counselling services are provided at hourly rates and are intended to address specific areas where entrepreneurs experience problems.