Question: I am a fresh graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and just completed my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). I am planning to start a small business. What support can I get from the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)?

Olusoji Adebowale

Answer: The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) exists to support aspiring Small Business Owners. Its services are as follows:

(a) It provides information on raw materials, machinery, equipment, market and the activities of such agencies of governments as Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

(b) It provides Training and Capacity Building in Book Keeping and Accounts Management, Preparation of Business Plans, Quality Control and Computer Appreciation.

(c) Access to Finance.

(d) Access to improved work space through Industrial Parks.

(e) Mentoring.

(f) Advisory Services.

(g) Facilitation of linkages and /or co-operation with other enterprises.

For more information, contact SMEDAN via