Get your small business off the ground

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Small businesses are the engine room of the province's economy and starting one can be both exhilarating and daunting at the same time. The Western Cape Government understands that entrepreneurship and small business start-ups are vital to the growth of the province and the South African economy, and many career opportunities exist for you if you want to start your own small businesses. 

The following services from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism are available to entrepreneurs, to support you in the venture of getting your business off the ground.

Enterprise Development Unit

Through its Enterprise Development Unit, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism offers a suite of services and support programmes to develop and grow small business in the Western Cape. 

The unit’s objective is to facilitate engagements between relevant stakeholders to ensure demand-led support intervention and to develop and grow small businesses through enhanced access to financial and non-financial support. Find out what support and services are on offer at the unit. 

Emerging Business Support

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with Absa Bank will be rolling out a programme centered around providing business owners with core business knowledge and skills which form the basis of a successful business.

The information and skills set provided to small, medium and micro enterprise owners through this intervention will contribute to building the growth, viability and sustainability of your business.

Agri-processing Supplier Development

Get the support you need to grow your Agri-processing business. Apply before 21 July 2017.

Investment Readiness Programme

The Investment Readiness Programme is designed for entrepreneurs/business that:

  • are registered and trading for a minimum of 3 years.
  • are Tax compliant or must have submitted an application to SARS.
  • have viable revenues, are cash positive and profitable.
  • are able to produce at least 3 years annual financial statements (signed off).

Call for applications: 2017 form.

Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

The PERA competition is in its fifth year and still growing with a vision to create a vibrant, innovative and sustainable economy. 


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The content on this page was last updated on 27 June 2017