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.
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.