The Kenya Small Business Development Centers is a USAID program being implemented by Strathmore University Business School with a mandate to  champion both public and private-sector-led development to enable SMEs participate fully in the economy and  create jobs.

This will be achieved through the establishment of  an accredited network of Kenyan Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Centers that will be supported by the National and County Governments, Private Sector;  Institutions of Higher Learning, Business Associations and other Not-For-Profit Organizations.

Our Work

The project takes the best practices in business development and advisory services from the U.S. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model and transfers them to a local network of county-based business centers. This local network of centers adapts and implements the SBDC’s accredited training curriculum and proven methodology for supporting small businesses. The project also builds linkages between Kenyan and American MSMEs to transfer best practices and proven models from the U.S. SBDCs to Kenya’s county-based business centers.

This helps Kenyan MSMEs more effectively take advantage of local and export market opportunities, have improved access to finance, apply market analytics, and benefit from a supportive business-enabling policy environment at the county-level. This strengthens Kenya’s economic competitiveness and generates positive impacts (jobs, livelihoods, and incomes) for the Kenyan people.


The centers provide the following services:
Consulting: Structuring production and pricing of various value chains, business operations and planning.
Training: Focusing on export market readiness, business governance and management, and sustainable business operations and planning.
Advisory on Business Development: Accessing finance, business planning, technology development, regulatory compliance, marketing, and international trade; and
● Policy Research and Market Intelligence: Focusing on consumer market insights, export market trends and policy briefs.


  • Identify and operationalize an accredited network of county-based small business centers to provide subsidized business support services to MSMEs.
  • Establish sustainability mechanisms and support systems for county-based small business centers from national and county governments, private sector, and other stakeholders.
  • Increase the awareness and capacity of county-based MSMEs to tap export-market opportunities available under U.S.-Kenya trade programs.
  • Ensure the effective inclusion and participation of women both in terms of businesses served, as well as women serving in leadership positions at the business centers.
  • Build business linkages between U.S. and Kenyan MSMEs and transfer best practices from the U.S. SBDCs network to Kenya.

Activity Locations


To acquire sustainable and fundable MSMEs to increase their productivity and profitability


To develop an inclusive and diverse network of MSMEs to catalyze growth in business and trade opportunities

Key Partners

At the heart of KSBDC, are our partners both international and local businesses from across sectors that share a common commitment to empowering Small and Medium Enterprises.

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • The Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development
  • Relevant County Governments
  • Collaborating private sector and civil society organizations;
  • Academic institutions

Developing Great African Leaders

Elisha Bwatuti, Program Coordinator
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Cell: +254 (0) 748 666 493